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ISSUE ARCHIVES

NOV/DEC 2000
Volume 43 /  Issue 2

IN THIS ISSUE
Project Articles
Grandfather Clock, Part 2
Toy Crane
Chess Set

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Six easy steps to squaring a board
 
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Hand Turned Wooden Chess Pieces
A larger-than-life set that could sell for big dollars, depending on the woods you use.

A little larger than most standard chess pieces, this set is still a great fit for any chessboard with typical 2-inch squares. As any chess player knows, with the exception of the Knight, most chess pieces could be turned easily on a lathe…making a fantastic project for practicing your spindle turning techniques.
 
Now, thanks to some pretty ingenious thinking, you can turn the entire set on the lathe, including the Knight! Our turned Knight was created by using an offset turning technique, much like the one used for turning cabriole legs for furniture.

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View Patterns
 
King, Queen & Bishop
Knight
Rook & Pawn

Start by choosing a couple of contrasting hardwoods to turn them from. Walnut & Maple, Pear & Wenge, Beech & Ebony, Holly & Cocobolo, the list is limitless. Due to heavy handling of chess pieces, unless you’re planning to apply a hard cover coat such as polyurethane or varnish, closed grain woods are usually better than open grained woods.  The more highly figured and striking the pieces look, the more they’ll be worth to your customers.
 
Print out the patterns -- they are at 100% of size (each square should = 1/4-inch). If you’d like to make a smaller and/or a larger set, just reduce or enlarge your printout accordingly. 

Turn the Kings, Queens, Bishops, Rooks and Pawns according to the patterns. You can turn them freehand or use your
Shopsmith Lathe Duplicator  to speed-up the process considerably.  In fact, for even more efficiency, you can create a set of long templates (or patterns for duplicator-turned pieces), each designed to turn rows of multiple pieces.

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