Sperical Chess Set

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Project by johnstoneb posted 01-15-2018 11:43 PM 2344 views 7 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started as a challenge from a friend. It advanced my turning skills a bunch. I turned 4 total globes one from fir as a test. Found my lathe (a 4 speed Rockwell was marginal) Thankfully my neighbor had just upgraded to a big Laguna about 16” swing. I was able to use it and his turning knowledge to get everything globe shaped. the fun started on my lathe turning out the chess pieces. I turned 82 pieces to get 64 serviceable ones. 2 globes 2 sets of chess pieces.
Everything is turned from Maple, Walnut and Eastern Red Cedar. It is finished with a couple of coats of 2lb cut shellac.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 01-15-2018 11:45 PM

Big WOW. Very impressive.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 01-15-2018 11:50 PM

Well done. I was thinking of making a wood segmented globe, so this gives me some inspiration.

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#3 posted 01-15-2018 11:54 PM

Awesome, stupendous, amazing, spectacular. Your persistence certainly earned great dividends.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 01-16-2018 12:03 AM


Embedded magnets???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 01-16-2018 12:07 AM

magnets in the chess pieces, steel washers in the sphere. I will probably blog this in a few days. I am taking one to Coeur’d’Alene. watch my SIL and grandson tear their hair out.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 01-16-2018 12:35 AM

Very Unusual Chess set. Great work!!

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#7 posted 01-16-2018 01:06 AM

Never saw anything like this. Great job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 01-16-2018 01:13 AM

Congratulations, Bruce! Awesome project. The colors compliment each other. Nice of your neighbor to help out. Is he a LJ?

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 01-16-2018 01:30 AM

Just! Just!! WOW!!!
Super nice project!!!

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#10 posted 01-16-2018 01:46 AM

everything all have said already…... why you using that old lathe (just like mine)......... when there is that Laguna still sitting in a box ….GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#11 posted 01-16-2018 08:06 AM

This is outstanding. A high level in woodworking.

And yes what Tony said what is in that Laguna box? Or is that picture made at your neighbors place?

BTW: “Great to have such neighbor”.


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#12 posted 01-16-2018 12:11 PM

The Laguna is at my neighbors. All the lathe pictures are on my lathe.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#13 posted 01-16-2018 01:04 PM

Looks like a very fun project, have you played a game of chess on it? Congrats.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 01-16-2018 04:43 PM

Playing chess around the world. So Cool !!!

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