Chess Set for a Birthday Gift

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Project by DnD posted 06-01-2021 04:34 PM 722 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fellow LJ, I am presenting this Chess Set to you looking for critique’s before I present this to the person it’s intended for. Any inputs/suggestions welcome.

I made this for my future son-in-law as he is an avid player. Additionally, I thought building this for him may show that the family is welcoming him into our clan.

Both the chess board and pieces and made from Maple and Walnut. Within the board I also included Mahogany as an accent. I can’t take credit for the designed, that goes to Foureyes Furniture. Thanks Foureyes!

Thanks in advance for looking any any suggestions…


-- Brian in Texas

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#1 posted 06-01-2021 09:02 PM

I made similar chess pieces when I was in High School, (Mom still has the whole set).....
My only suggestion(s) would be;
1 Weight the bottoms to make them more tip resistant.
2 Felt the bottoms to cover up the weights and protect the board.

I drilled a hole in the bottom of mine and glued in a fishing weight.
PS: I am assuming you have not done this already…. ☺

-- "My greatest fear is that upon my demise, my wife will sell my tools for what I said I paid for them."

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#2 posted 06-01-2021 09:27 PM


Thanks for the suggestions. That is on the list to do. I like the ideal of gluing them verses melting the lead weights down and pouring it in. I am going to put felt on the bottoms after the weight is added. Appreciate your comments.

-- Brian in Texas

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#3 posted 06-02-2021 01:11 AM

They look good. Adding weight will be helpful. I have used automotive wheel weights melted down into squares. Then drilled a hole in bottom and pressed in.

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

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#4 posted 06-02-2021 04:00 PM

very well done!!! the suggestion about weights is a good idea. i was thinking of fishing sinkers. i might make a set of these myself.

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