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UPDATE: Book Giveaway: Making Wooden Chess Sets by Jim Kape

comments (32) November 21st, 2010 in blogs

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Making Wooden Chess Sets: 15 One-of-a-Kind Projects for the Scroll Saw by Jim Kape 
Fox Chapel Publishing, 2010.
$19.95; 136 pp.

Making Wooden Chess Sets: 15 One-of-a-Kind Projects for the Scroll Saw by Jim Kape has detailed instructions for making 13 different chess sets as well as a chess board and a storage box. There are full size patterns for the different pieces and the designs range from a classic or traditional set to some unique designs based on the architecture of different cities. For example, the Peter the Great set is based on historic architecture of Russia, the Canterbury is English inspired, and Paris includes the Eiffel Tower as the king. The book also includes a list of tools used and says that the scroll saw and tablesaw are the two most often used. There is even a short history of the game and basic rules of play.

Lucky Water_Doc is the winner. His comment was chosen at random.

Stay tuned for more giveaways and check back to see Water_Doc's reveiw and maybe even some of his chess pieces in the on line gallery.

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Comments (32)

noelhenry noelhenry writes: Little late to the game. I'll have to pick this up. Looks like a good project for over the holidays.
Posted: 4:10 pm on November 29th

Fiveoaks Fiveoaks writes: I have a box of walnut cutoffs that would be ideal for this project.
Posted: 8:36 pm on November 26th

toobguy toobguy writes: Something to while away the cool evenings and days......
Posted: 12:07 am on November 25th

adam_h adam_h writes: Just made a chess board and thinking about making the pieces now. This would be a great resource!
Posted: 8:41 pm on November 24th

traverse traverse writes: Looks like a fine way to use scrap pieces of exotics and the like
Posted: 12:19 pm on November 24th

max63 max63 writes: Chess pieces have long been on my list of to-does, hopefully still this year. So far Ive planned on doing them on the lathe but now you've confused me :)
The scrollsaw version seems sturdy and pleasant to hold. Perhaps I can come up with a hybrid - turning the upper half and scrolling the bottom ... or the other way around.
Please count me in.
Posted: 11:10 am on November 24th

brianshoptime brianshoptime writes: Can you ever have too many project books?
Posted: 10:31 am on November 24th

Jasper_50 Jasper_50 writes: I have been giving thought of projects using my scroll saw...this would be perfect.
Posted: 10:30 am on November 24th

padweller padweller writes: Sounds Great, Nice winter projects.
Posted: 10:10 am on November 24th

Lori K Lori K writes: That looks like it would be a very nice project to work on.
Posted: 1:24 am on November 24th

C_Russell C_Russell writes: Looks like a lot of fun. I'd enjoy that book!
Posted: 2:55 pm on November 23rd

Darvuton Darvuton writes: I remember my parents made me a chess set from nuts and bolts and a piece of pine. We did not have a lot of money back then so they used their wits and hard work instead. I loved that chess set and it would be great to return the favor.
Posted: 9:04 am on November 23rd

Triumph1 Triumph1 writes: This would be great!! I could picture a beautiful box to contain it...sign me up!
Posted: 7:16 am on November 23rd

markbarabas markbarabas writes: Making a chess set would be a great way to practice my passion for hand tools. Thanks for the opportunity!
Posted: 11:44 pm on November 22nd

DZone DZone writes: My son's teacher is one of the premiere chess teachers in the country. We gave him a set from Bolivia that he loved. I've been thing about what it would take to make him a very special gift. This book could have the answer. I can't wait to check it out!
Posted: 10:56 pm on November 22nd

wotabba wotabba writes: Owning this book would be a great excuse to buy a scroll saw. Count me in for the drawing.
Posted: 9:06 pm on November 22nd

dustyross dustyross writes: Wanted to make a set ever since seeing some of the modernist sets from the original MOMA exhibiton
Posted: 5:52 pm on November 22nd

rgdaniel rgdaniel writes: I'm a lousy chess player, but at least I'd have the satisfaction of winning the book...
Posted: 5:32 pm on November 22nd

janet0706 janet0706 writes: A "winner" of a book. Count me in.
Posted: 5:19 pm on November 22nd

Water_Doc Water_Doc writes: This would be a great idea for the long winter season.
Posted: 12:36 pm on November 22nd

Circuit Rider Circuit Rider writes: This would be a good read.
Posted: 11:54 am on November 22nd

Dean7 Dean7 writes: Now this is a book I would love to have.
Posted: 11:17 am on November 22nd

dohboy dohboy writes: Those square pieces look amazing, I'd like to learn how! I never wanted o make the round type, but this very original. Checkmate, i'm in too!
Posted: 9:59 am on November 22nd

BSzydlo BSzydlo writes: Please add me to your list, I am always looking for new ideas for chess sets.
Posted: 9:53 am on November 22nd

tedb tedb writes: Can't play very well myself, but chess sets are nice gifts. The book would sure help.
Posted: 9:42 am on November 22nd

LBF LBF writes: I've wanted to do this for years....This book would be perfect
Posted: 8:45 am on November 22nd

gmuri gmuri writes: This book would be a great addition to my collection. Feel free to send it my way!
Posted: 8:25 am on November 22nd

MarcelsGang MarcelsGang writes: I want to win this book, read it, then come back and tell you what I think of it. Please count me in.
Posted: 3:06 am on November 22nd

ndreyer ndreyer writes: Count me in.
Posted: 8:26 pm on November 21st

bko bko writes: This looks like a great book!
Posted: 7:40 pm on November 21st

woodfiller woodfiller writes: This looks intriguing, I've never seen a book on this subject, it's something I've always wanted to make since I tried to make a chessboard in shop class in grade 7. Note, I said tried.... :-)
Posted: 5:35 pm on November 21st

Handi75 Handi75 writes: Count my comment in for the Drawing.
Posted: 12:38 pm on November 21st

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