Chess Set Number 2

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Project by ClaytonsScrollsaw posted 03-20-2016 06:21 PM 2632 views 13 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I decided to make another Chess Set. This one I am going to try to sell. The dark side is walnut while the light side is hard maple. I changed the design a little bit from the original. I rounded the sides a bit and added the feet. I also completely redesigned the Knight. The board is also a complete redesign. I tried to mimic the design characteristics of the pieces them selves. It is also made of walnut and maple. The tiles are Walnut and White Marble. I used 4 coats of bar top epoxy for the surface. This gives the board a depth to its appearance that is hard to capture in the photos. The pieces and the sides of the boards have 3 coats of high gloss urethane. All in all this set only took me 3 months to complete. A far cry shorter amount of time than the 4 years for the first set.
The pieces and the corners of the board are made entirely on my scroll saw using a compound cutting technique. And each piece is made from a solid piece of wood, no glue or seems. The white marble I had to borrow my neighbors wet saw again to get them to the right size. This is the first time I used bar top epoxy and am very pleased with the results. I was nervous about it because i read a lot on how easy it is to mess it up and not get a good hard surface. I found that as long as you mix it 50/50 as close as you possibly can it is pretty easy to use. A propane torch works wonders for getting the tiny air bubble out.
Wish me luck on selling it and thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 03-20-2016 07:49 PM

Holy moly, that’s a smart looking chess set.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 03-20-2016 09:58 PM

I’m pretty sure you won’t need luck to sell it. If you have an art gallery nearby I believe that would be the first option for marketing – although it might be too classy for an average art gallery
I wish you could hear my applause on your chess set and board

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 03-20-2016 11:01 PM

I agree with the first comment, but I think it came out “Holy crap!”
That is beautiful work. Very intricate.

-- Brian Noel

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#4 posted 03-20-2016 11:28 PM

The detail is amazing. You have a great skill with the scroll saw. Hour many man hours to produce this?

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#5 posted 03-20-2016 11:50 PM

The detail is amazing. You have a great skill with the scroll saw. Hour many man hours to produce this?

- socrbent

Thanks socrbent. I think it is somewhere between 100 and 110 hours. The king and queen took me about 3 -3.5 hours each to cut out and then there is about an hour of sanding and finishing work. The pawns only took about an hour each to cut but still have the hour of sanding and finishing. The Scroll Saw is my form of Meditation.


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#6 posted 03-21-2016 12:44 AM

Clayton – you must be one really mellow guy with all that meditation :)

-- socrbent Ohio

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#7 posted 03-21-2016 01:32 AM

That is a real original set!
With all that detail those pieces must have taken a long time.
Really nice work and I am sure some one will buy this set.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#8 posted 03-21-2016 03:52 AM

Excellent work!! Very impressive.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#9 posted 03-21-2016 05:28 AM

Beautiful craftsmanship Great job

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#10 posted 03-21-2016 09:46 AM

Those are the coolest chees figurines I’ve ever seen. You realy done lot of srolling here. You must have lot of patience here.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 03-21-2016 11:32 AM

Wow! That is some detail and work. Great job. Hope it sells big for you, you deserve it

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#13 posted 03-21-2016 02:08 PM

Wow, simply stunning!

Thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 03-21-2016 03:04 PM

I would love to just sit and watch you scroll. That is an excellent demonstration of craftsmanship

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