A Chess Set For My Daughtercomments (6) August 16th, 2012 in Reader's Gallery
Last year, on the evening of December 23rd, my youngest daughter asked me for a chessboad for her Christmas present. I was able to bang out a very basic chessboard by Christmas morning. I told her I'd make her a complete set for her birthday in July, this is what I came up with.
I turned all the pieces myself, all my own design. I wanted to stay close to a classic Staunton set, but have my own take, It think I did this. The knights are hand carved, by far the most difficult pieces to make, but I think they turned out well. I took a lot of versions of knights to get to the final one, seven I think.
I did not want to only make a simple board, but a box to keep the chess set in as well, this kind of took on a life of it's own and ended up with what you see here, I went back and forth on adding the small short Chippendale style legs and in the end I very much like the look, but maybe it puts the chess set a bit tall on a regular table to play. I think I might be making a special table to go with the chess set so it will be at the right height to play on.
I made this set in my Dungeon workshop here in Tokyo Japan, then I had to ship it to Canada where my daughter now lives, going to school. The wood is Maple, Curly Maple and Walnut.
I have over 200 hours of work into this project, and I loved every minute of it.
Thanks for taking a look.
Design or Plan used: My own design
posted in: Reader's Gallery, carving, wood turning, walnut, maple, woodturning, chippendale, marquetry, chess
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