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  1. Chess Pieces

    I decided to take a break from the segmented work and try some tool practice. I like chess and have a few sets and decided I would try and turn a pawn. It turned out well so I moved to the bishop and onto the rook. I came back and worked on refining the pawn and changint the shape. One I...
  2. chess board

    This is my first chess board and i am fairly pleased with the results. I have not figured out what to do about the chess pieces (quality pieces are more expensive than i originally thought). originally the inside was going to consist of compartments for each piece and during the building...
  3. all in one game box

    I made two of these one for my parents and one for my grand parents. When I was growing up we use to play a lot of games . So when I was tring to think of a christmas gift I thought it would be nice to make a box that had all the games together. So I made a chess board for the top. Then bought...
  4. Weekend woodshop apprentice - chess board

    I had a friend come visit for 2 nights. He asked if I had any design ideas for a chess board. I didn't, but everyone else's projects on Lumber Jocks gave us more than enough designs to chew on. So while the ladies and the baby were catching up in the living room we hung out in the woodshop...
  5. Cocobolo Queen

    Queen made from cocobolo. Finished with HUT EEE wax. I'm not real happy with the hut wax, but it's the only thing I have for larger turnings. Suggestions for alternative finishes welcome!
  6. Chess Table & Stools

    This is a chess table and stool set that I made a while back for my three girls. It is made out of maple & walnut with a full extension drawer to store the pieces in. I used the Lee Valley flocking kit to line the drawer. The stools are from an old "Wood" magazine. The stool legs were my...
  7. Checkers Set

    This checkers board started out as a Steve Ramsey chess set, however I failed to account for blade kerf when I was initially cutting and gluing the top. Because of that miscalculation, I had to glue the final row of squares individually and then add them to the rest of the playing surface which...
  8. Purpleheart and Marblewood Chess board

    A few years ago, my mother bought a chess set that had "Revolutionary War" chess pieces. She asked me to make a chess board for her and this Christmas (2011) I finally made it. The two woods are Purpleheart and Marblewood. The squares are 1 1/4" and that makes the entire board (including...
  9. Custom Chess Table by Jim Arnold

    Custom Chess Table made from Wenge and Ash. First time using these two woods. Very dense, hard to turn, not bad to carve, easy to sand, lots of splinters, Wenge $17/bd ft!!! but the Wenge really makes the set. Still have to add another 6 coats of lacquer…and the storage drawer handles. Table...
  10. Walnut game table

    Walnut chess/checkers table which was a birthday present for my son. Chess board (2×2 inch squares) from walnut and maple (1/2 inch thick squares) framed with inlay.
  11. Chess set(s)

    Went through a phase where I had to build chessboards. I went looking for a nice set of chess pieces in carved wood (hah!). You can spend an arm and a leg for pieces! The squares on these boards are quite large, 2.25" square, so I need big pieces. In the end, I settled for ceramic pieces...
  12. Chess Set

    I made this chess set from cheap fir leftovers. I used a scrollsaw to shape them (dutch-turning). I developed a way to make it look like marble. For the green pieces I painted them black and while the paint was wet I sponged on some various shades of green. I then took a fine paint brush and...
  13. Modernist game of chess

    This winter my son suddenly gained an interest in playing chess. Got him a set and we are now at the point where he is beating me.. But: As much as i I love the logic and beaty of the game itself the chess piezes and boards that are available are either baroque overdetailed or kitch ones made...
  14. Chessboard Table

    Chessboard Table I made my Junior year in High School for a state competition that I made the finals for. The table is made out of black walnut, oak and maple. The chessboard is maple and black walnut, the border around the chessboard is oak, the legs are oak and the pedestal is black walnut...
  15. Hand carved/turned Chess pieces with Chess table

    Just another variation on the Staunton offerings at the website. Thought I would try a four-legged table with the storage drawers. Still messing around with the drawer! Table dimensions are 32" wide by 27" across by about 28" high. Made from Walnut taken from a very old collapsed Virginia...
  16. The Samurai Chess Set

    Started out with the theme and made the pieces, then designed the board to go underneath them. When I can, I like to get the chessboards involved as much as possible with the theme as the pieces are. The pieces are carved from Walnut and Poplar. Kings about 7" tall. Pawns about 3.5" tall...
  17. The Konung, hnefatafl

    Gradually implement my old idea of creating a set of Hnefatafl (Viking chess). Cut 25 pieces of wood is exhausting, so you have to cheat. Made silicone molds and cast figurines of plasticrete. Will soon be able to boast of the end result
  18. The Samurai Chess Table by Jim Arnold

    I did a regular board model of this theme several years ago and had a reuest to make a full table version which allowed me to incorporate some special features like the 'gate' on the drawer pull, flared leges (which aren't very visible in these pics), and curved bottoms on the tables sides. It...
  19. Chess board (Inspired by Steve Ramsey)

    I first want to thank Steve Ramsey for the inspiration and design. This is my first project post. Unfortunately I did not carve the pieces although I would have LOVED to have taken credit for them. Made from maple and walnut with maple inlay and burgundy flocking in the drawers. It was...
  20. The Masonic Chess Set, Freemason's Chess by Jim Arnold

    The Masonic Chess Set, Freemason's chess by Jim Arnold. This one was a long time bringing to life. 18 months from the initial concept to having it finished. Just been way to busy. I made it to the top 3 pages in google for 'chess sets' along with page one listings a several niche keyword...
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