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05-30-2012 01:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: chess chess pieces question walnut maple jig

Is there any way to make chess pieces out of walnut and maple WITHOUT using a lathe?
I don’t have a lathe but I do have a router table if there is a jig for that.
Please help.
Any comments, Jigs ideas, ideas, will be gladly appreciated!

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#1 posted 05-30-2012 06:13 AM

Are you good at carving?

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#2 posted 05-30-2012 11:55 AM

You can make them , using a scroll saw. Do a search for “Compound cutting on a scroll saw”

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#3 posted 05-30-2012 12:37 PM

Jim is correct. I made a large set with a band saw and a 1/8 blade…actually a few 1/8 blades. :-)

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#4 posted 05-30-2012 07:09 PM

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#5 posted 05-30-2012 07:22 PM

Alexandre thats a good question . i have a lathe and havent learnt how to use it yet .was wondering the same thing

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#6 posted 05-30-2012 07:23 PM

andysworkshop thanks

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#7 posted 05-30-2012 07:23 PM

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dwnv0DAR_gWA&v=wnv0DAR_gWA&gl=US

Morocan Bow Lathe..Chess Pieces

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#8 posted 05-30-2012 09:29 PM

Andy,
Steve’s patterns are very similar to the ones I made. I scaled them up 30%.
Easy to cut with a band saw.

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#9 posted 05-30-2012 10:34 PM

I used Steve Goods pattern….you can see the pieces on my project page…..

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#10 posted 05-30-2012 11:21 PM

Is it possible to cut them with a JigSaw or copingsaw?

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#11 posted 05-30-2012 11:23 PM

@andysworkshop Thanks for the Link! I looked at it and I may consider using a coping saw Carefuuuuuuuulllllllllyyyyyyyy.

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#12 posted 05-31-2012 02:52 AM

Personally, I preferred turned pieces. The classic Stauton style chess pieces is the what I like. The knight is what scares me. Perhaps it needs to be a side project. The chess pieces really should be weighted. It will help keept them from falling over. line them with felt on the bottom and you will get the nice “thump” sound as you set it down on to the board.

As a chess player, here are the considerations When I buy a set. Once a style has been picked (Stauton), the cost issues are height/playing square size, weight (3x or 4x), wood type, finish and the quaility of the knight carving. The quality of the knight cariving will make a big difference in price. Perhaps you could use this as consideration of your design of the set that you are going to make.

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#13 posted 06-02-2012 01:41 AM

The thing is..
I don’t have a lathe.
Maybe there is a drill press turning jig available?

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#14 posted 06-03-2012 05:47 PM

Mafe has rurned a handplane tote on his drill press :
http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/18485

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