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Well I saw everyone else adding their new chessboards so I thought I would join the crowd. Of course, it is cherry & walnut. A strange tabletop model stands a bit tall for that but I think it works. The pieces are also walnut & cherry. A pain in the backside getting the castle & knight sanded in the walnut. That pitting walnut likes to do when you go across end & long grain. I used a spray on lacquer for the first time so that I wouldn't need to deal with brush marks. I polished it with Micro Mesh disc's & finished that with auto machine glaze polish. I'm getting some white showing up in the walnut top, not sure why. I don't remember putting a wax on, it was a whole 3 weeks ago that I finished it. It might be the glazing polish. I think the next one will be with legs.

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hi bill very nice ive always wanted to make a chess set did you carve the pieces or turn them bob
 

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I turned them. I also cheated, I used a duplicator with Penn State's templates. I bought that duplicator when I got the lathe & never use it, figured this is the type of turning it's made for.
 

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Good looking ches set Bill. I'm in the process of making my first one now, walnut and maple. You're obviously a hockey fan/player, basic rule "keep your stick on the ice".
 

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I would have gone with maple rather than cherry to go withy the walnut, as cherry really darkens over time and will have less and less contrast with the walnut over the years.

Other than that minor point, great job. That finish really gleams!
 

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I'm hoping the cherry darkens. An aged cherry & walnut look great together & it will never get as dark as the walnut. then that's just my taste in the 2 woods.
 
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