Building a Spherical Chess Set #5: Turning the chess pieces and completion

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Blog entry by johnstoneb posted 02-06-2018 06:48 PM 1195 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It took a little while to decide on a design for the chess pieces. I had to go through 2 books on turning chess pieces before coming up with something. After turning the maple 1/2 of a set I decided to see how well they would hold on the globe. I had made them too tall and the king and queen kept tipping off.
Back to the drawing board and make them shorter.

I found that when turning a large number of pieces on the spindle that I could not do the finish cut (kept breaking the spindle and it never broke between pieces) so I would rough them out then cut off and chuck up individually and turn to final dimensions and finish.

Once all the pieces were turned and the finish dried I chucked them up again and used a forstner bit to drill a hole in the bottom for the magnet then epoxied the magnets into each piece.

We are finished. One has been delivered and is in use. The other will go out in about a month.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 02-06-2018 07:55 PM

Looks great. I imagine that it would be more difficult for a player to evaluate his opponents last move if he can’t see both fields at once. Must be challenging. Great job on the set. Looks wonderful!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 02-06-2018 08:06 PM

You made chess pieces and I milk cans :). On the lathe it looks the same. I found it difficult to make them all the same. How did you managed this? Scale one to the eye?


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#3 posted 02-06-2018 09:24 PM

Soldiers all lined up…cleverly done sir!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#4 posted 02-07-2018 03:45 AM

Mainly by eye. I did use calipers to get major diameters

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 02-07-2018 11:51 AM

Mainly by eye. I did use calipers to get major diameters

- johnstoneb

Than you have what we call a very good “carpenter’s eye” (yes singular)


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