Chessboard #3: Walnut Drawer Front and More Pieces

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Blog entry by CartersWhittling posted 06-09-2011 04:15 PM 5856 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello. This is a update to my chessboard build. Its been a long time since my last post here because I have been busy, working on some other projects, and trying to aquire the tools and materials to finish the board. The last couple days I have completed most of the pawns with 4 left to be done. I have finished the Kings and Queens as well as the other large pieces aside from the Knights. It is very fun to turn some of the maple pieces because I come across some neat spalting like in the close up of the King.

I have also made the walnut drawer front and side. They are finished with tung oil and I have yet to put a coat of paste wax on them. I used my new/old Inca table saw with its tenon jig to make the bridle joints for the frame.

All the parts are quarter sawn.

I have also got the drawer bottoms installed and the drawers glued up, but I will post the pictures when I have the dividers for the pieces installed in the drawers.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#1 posted 06-09-2011 05:50 PM

Pieces look first rate! The steep bevel at the bottom looks just like the original Staunton sets. Can’t wait to see the knights.



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#2 posted 06-09-2011 10:45 PM

Thanks you. Thats a nice comment coming from someone who makes sets as nice as yours. I did design these close to the Staunton set but wasn’t looking to make a replication. Either tomorrow or next week I will probably start the knights. I have never done carving before so it will take some time. I will use a hand saw to remove the bulk of the material and then some various bits in a dremel. I plan on doing all 4 at once in steps, so that I can make them as identical as possible. Any tips when it comes to carving them?

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#3 posted 06-09-2011 11:52 PM

Looking great. Can’t wait to see the completed set and board.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#4 posted 11-23-2011 04:36 AM


-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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