Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Woodturning a Chess Set

I had been turning almost 9 years before I got around to turning a chess set. Probably because I don't play chess so hated to put that much time and effort into a project that would go into a box on the shelf. But I finally did it and put it on the dining room table. And it was the basis for a chess set making series I did for my YouTube channel. So this led to me asking my 8 year granddaughter, when she had a sleepover,  if she wanted to learn to play a new game. So we played a few games. Well this led to her getting involved in an after school chess program and winning a trophy!  The picture of her with the trophy was well worth the time I spent turning her chess set.

So, I guess her younger sibling may have been a bit jealous when she asked me to play chess with her! So this inspired me to make another set so each would eventually end up with an heirloom chess set made by their "Bepaw".

Here is a link to the short video I did on the second set. I did quite a bit of research to come up with a design I liked with a knight I thought I could carve.  The design is one I saw of a Soviet era Russian chess set I saw on the internet. The light pieces are Bradford Pear and the green pieces are Persimmon. I am pleased how the chess sets turned out but more so on the opportunity to find something else for me to do together with my granddaughters.

If you are interested in making a chess set, check out the post I did last April on the first set I turned.
I did a complete video series with lots of detail on making a chess set. It is the set my granddaughter is studying above.  I have scale drawings to that set under the Resources tab.

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