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Building a Spherical Chess Set

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Blog series by johnstoneb updated 02-06-2018 06:48 PM 5 parts 8290 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: The Beginning

01-28-2018 03:24 PM by johnstoneb | 6 comments »

About a year ago a friend posted a picture of a spherical chess set and somewhat challenged another friend and I to attempt to build it. The friend didn’t have a lathe and we both kind of dropped the idea. I kept coming back to it and did some research and found the Instructables project. I read the article that was posted and decided it mght be something I would try. The article has a few pictures that give you an idea about how it is mounted etc. everything in the article ended wi...

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Part 2: Time to get Serious

01-29-2018 03:32 PM by johnstoneb | 2 comments »

It’s October and most of the summer and fall projects and river trips etc. are over time to get serious about this chess globe or forget it. I thought a lot about how to build this globe over the summer and thought I knew how I was going to do it, then I started on it and there were changes on the fly every day I think. My neighbor is a very good wood turner and does a lot of large bowls, live edge, green etc. I was talking to him and he told me he was getting a new lathe a larger on...

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Part 3: Turning for show

01-31-2018 11:06 PM by johnstoneb | 4 comments »

I got with my neighbor and got everything chucked up and started turning. The first thing I learned I will not use bubinga on the second globe There is just to much difference in hardness. Made for difficult turning and ridges and low spots. When I drilled and epoxied in the washers I used a spur point bit that had a bout an 1/8” spur below the bottom of the hole. I was able to us that hole to tell when I was getting close to the depth I needed for the washers. Unfortunately I did...

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Part 4: The Base

02-04-2018 03:05 PM by johnstoneb | 4 comments »

Now that I have the globe turned and a couple coats of shellac on it. It is time to turn to the base. I decided to use a 5/8 dowel for the globe axis so first I need to drill the globe. One of the advantages of turning between centers is you have the center marked for drilling holes. The globe is hollow so I only had to drill an inch or so from either end. I also drilled a 1 1/2” counterbore in both ends for the mount spacer and top hat. I had some fairly good photographs from instr...

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Part 5: Turning the chess pieces and completion

02-06-2018 06:48 PM by johnstoneb | 5 comments »

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...

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