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maple and walnut chessmen

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Wolfie30/08/2013 16:30:00
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1.jpg2.jpg3.jpg4.jpg5.jpgHi there, at long last I have finished the chessmen, they can be tricky. After turning they were all drilled out and .45 and.38 lead was added to give them a bit of extra weight. I seriously thought I would never get them done!

Big Al30/08/2013 16:55:24
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Something to be proud of Ian, I would be.


sad sam30/08/2013 17:34:43
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well done wolfie looking good now come on your turn set us a new challenge

Mailee30/08/2013 21:19:22
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Wow! they are fantastic Ian. How on earth did you make the knights? Those bullets look familiar, do you cast your own? i had exactly the same moulds as those .38 wadcutters and .45 round nose back in the day.

dennis wake31/08/2013 13:10:42
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Now that is a chess set to be proud of well done.
Wolfie31/08/2013 13:55:32
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Thank you all for your comments. Mailee, woodwork is not my only hobby although I havent been to the range for some time now.


Julian02/09/2013 19:34:59
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Hi Ian - You are obviously a very accomplished turner as those chess pieces are very nicely turned with nice crisp edges on the fillets and good form on the coves and beads, I also like the pawns you have copied them really well. I always find getting two the same difficult letalone 16 ! -- Well Done

Wolfie03/09/2013 17:05:39
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Thank you Julian, I found it was easier to turn the pawns by cutting several bits of hardboard with the diameters of each section, the ball on the top, the collar, the top of the column, the column base and the base. They were turned quite quickly to size and then it was just a matter of refining them.


Derek Lane04/09/2013 16:27:06
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That is one magnificent piece Ian. Love the finish on the table and also great job on so much repetitive turning. I would love to make a game and do some veneering to enhance it and would like it if it turned out 1/2 as good as this piece of yours.

Sorry for not responding earlier

Edited By Derek Lane on 04/09/2013 16:28:37

Wolfie04/09/2013 22:18:59
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Thank you Derek,I am so glad that they are finished. Must say its great to be back in the garage again and I'm looking forward to the next project.


Simon Reeves05/09/2013 12:59:26
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Now this is a proper job if ever there was one. Absolutely fantastic Ian. I agree with Julian, making two things the same is hard enough, let alone 16 of the little devils! Great bit of carving on the more intricate pieces too. I can only aspire!


Wolfie05/09/2013 15:27:36
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Thank you Simon.

Bruce Rauncar11/09/2013 21:57:24
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Wow! Your chess pieces look fantastic especially the knight. Great shapes, forms and finish. Excellent work!

Wolfie14/09/2013 22:17:50
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Thank you Bruce.

robert dignam22/09/2013 11:56:41
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Beautiful chess set Ian

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