Turning Chess Pieces #1: Prototypes a work in progress

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Blog entry by Chessnut posted 02-08-2008 05:23 AM 4308 reads 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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These pawns I turned out of various pallet wood, deadfall, offcuts etc, the three on the right are out of african blackwood, once my final design is pleasing unto me I will turn a whole set. Each pawn becomes a little quicker. I turn them all on 3” faceplates but a chuck would be just as good. I didn’t bother to put a finish on most of them. I could probably have a game of chess just on prototypes alone! A work in progress may inspire others to try as well. I swapped out my 1.5 hp electric motor over to a 1/3 hp as chess pieces take very little to run. Chess Pawns turned manually on a wood lathe.

-- Mike, Airdrie Alberta

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 02-08-2008 05:48 AM

Very nice. And your use of found and offcut material is a great idea. I think that an entire set would be a post that I would like to see.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-08-2008 07:35 AM

I see you got it there. great job.

They look great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 02-08-2008 03:16 PM

Really nice job. I would love to see how you do all of them.


-- Hope Never fails

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#4 posted 02-08-2008 03:55 PM

A really nice project, I’ve always been going to make a chess set.

I’m glad you got the pictures working.

I’ll be waiting to see some more in the future.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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