Chess Pieces

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Project by herbr posted 10-07-2007 05:09 PM 2397 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a set of chess pieces I made as a gift to my brother. The pieces were made of aspen and stained maple and walnut. They were finished with butcher block finish. I ripped some 1x aspen to 1 1/2 inches. then glued to pieces together leaving a thickness of 1 and 1/2 inches. The patterns for the pieces were taken from Diana Thompson`s “Chess Pieces for the Scrollsaw.” These patterns were glued to the aspen blocks and compound cut to form the pieces.

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#1 posted 10-07-2007 05:31 PM

wow…how long did the whole set take…and how about each piece? Amazing job…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 10-07-2007 05:32 PM

Wow, wonderful detail, how much time did it take to make all the pieces. Really like it.

-- Atelierwoodworks Vaud Switzerland

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#3 posted 10-07-2007 05:58 PM

without taking a break it would take about an hour to scroll out each piece. I would usually scroll one side and then take a break. It probably took about 40 hours to make the set-including replacing a few faulty pieces and one bishop that my dog took a likeing to.

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#4 posted 10-07-2007 07:50 PM

beautiful work HERB
your brother will enjoy this set forever

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 10-07-2007 11:54 PM

Wow, that had to take a whole lot of patience!

Nice work!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 10-08-2007 03:32 AM

Nice work! I also have that book. I am planning on making a chess board/table with drawers to hold the chess pieces. Perhaps I’ll get to work on it some time next year. Lot’s of projects on the books already.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#7 posted 10-08-2007 04:41 AM

Herb, you are a more patient man than I! Nice work!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 10-08-2007 08:16 AM

Great looking set. I’ve seen her patterns in a Scrollsaw magazine and thought the 3D pieces were interesting. One of these days I will have to give one of them a try.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 10-10-2007 01:24 AM

A lot of patience went a long way here!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#10 posted 10-11-2007 04:09 AM

Wow! What a job!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 10-16-2007 08:16 PM

I’ve been wanting to get that book! I perused through it and would like to do the ‘tool’ chess pieces. You did a great job on those. Congrats!


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#12 posted 11-13-2009 03:23 PM

Very nice. I hope your brother’s name is Rich.

-- Tony

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