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rockrat
11-14-2004, 01:28 PM
Well the story is, I have been spending too much time at work lately. Long story. Anyhow, I have a little time on my hands at work and decided that a nice little government job would keep my sanity.

I have always wanted to make some chess pieces for a chessboard that my father made for me. It is a nice board that opens and holds the chess pieces inside. I thought that brass and aluminum would make a good contrast for the players. But I have no dimensions! So I started to sketch and build some in 3d in the computer so that I can better visualize what they will look like.

Has anyone found plans for chess pieces on the internet? I would just like to see some examples that might help my creative juices without having to find a muse. What would the wife think!?! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

This is as close as I have found.
http://www.shopsmithhandson.com/archives/nov_dec00/html/money_maker.htm

Mike Shaffer
11-14-2004, 03:30 PM
I have a set of plans for a chess set that I recieved when I was in vocational school. Send me an e-mail and I will try to scan them in and send back to you ( mkshaffer@tc3net.com)

pgmrdan
11-14-2004, 04:13 PM
You could stay with the traditional Staunton style of pieces or if you want to get wild and crazy you can weld up some nuts, bolts, washers, wire, cotter pins, etc. and make some fun style pieces.

I've even seen a set that uses The Simpsons for models of the pieces.

Derek13
11-14-2004, 04:21 PM
i too have been interested in machining a chess set... not sure how hard or easy it would be. If anyone has any plans for how to make peices that would be great! my email is fenderplay@hotmail.com

kelamigo
11-14-2004, 06:16 PM
Not sure if it's exactly what you are looking for but there is an article on "Turned Chessmen" in the Fall 2004 issues of Woodturning Design magazine (www.woodturningdesign.com). Page 36 has an article by Mike Darlow entitled Signatures in Design. You might pick up an idea or two from it. It's mostly about proportions and design of a chess set and an example of an ancient Muslim chess set. Kind of interesting.

Kelly
southcentral Idaho



<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by rockrat:
Well the story is, I have been spending too much time at work lately. Long story. Anyhow, I have a little time on my hands at work and decided that a nice little government job would keep my sanity.

I have always wanted to make some chess pieces for a chessboard that my father made for me. It is a nice board that opens and holds the chess pieces inside. I thought that brass and aluminum would make a good contrast for the players. But I have no dimensions! So I started to sketch and build some in 3d in the computer so that I can better visualize what they will look like.

Has anyone found plans for chess pieces on the internet? I would just like to see some examples that might help my creative juices without having to find a muse. What would the wife think!?! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

This is as close as I have found.
http://www.shopsmithhandson.com/archives/nov_dec00/html/money_maker.htm</font>

rockrat
11-14-2004, 09:05 PM
Mike, check your email. I sent you a request. Let me know if the file get sobig yahoo wont take it and I'll get you a different email to send it to.

Thanks all for the insite. When I finish, I'll get a picture up for all to see. Thanks again. JG

pgmrdan
11-15-2004, 09:03 AM
Kelly,

Does Mike Darlow regularly publish in that magazine? I have 3 of his 4 books and they are GREAT!

Most of the authors on woodturning write fairly shallow but good books - almost too artsy fartsy. Darlow seems to be more of a woodturning engineer with artistic talent, if that description makes sense.

sauer38h
11-15-2004, 12:10 PM
Assuming that you're planning something more elaborate than a Nuts 'n Bolts set with castellated nuts for the rooks (people actually sell those on eBay - go figure), here are some examples.

Chess pieces come in all sorts, some easier to make than others. Old Islamic sets are relatively easy because you don't have to carve a knight. I'll dig out some pictures if there's any interest. The big modern style is still Staunton - first pic below is a Staunton pattern tournament set in elephant ivory, made by Jaques about 1855. (I didn't get the red quite right in the photo, it's not as bright as that in real life). The king is just under 4 1/2" - biggest set they made. You wouldn't want to make metal pieces that size - even in ivory they're heavy enough to be a real chore to move around by the end of a long game. Before the dominance of the Staunton pattern there were all sorts of styles in use, some easier to make than others, and all hard to play with - the tendency was to be fragile and top-heavy, and the pieces can be hard to recognize. Second picture is some misc. antique non-Staunton pieces.

For books, hit the public library system for some of these (lots of photos and drawings, but no plans - but chessmen aren't precision parts) -

Williams - Master Pieces
Mackett-Beeson - Chessmen
Hammond - Book of Chessmen
Graham - Chess Sets
Liddell - Chessmen
Wichman - Chess
Murray - History of Chess
Met. Museum of Art - Chess East & West, Past & Present

For some online inspirational oldies try

www.chessantiques.com/jaques/tn/index.htm (http://www.chessantiques.com/jaques/tn/index.htm)
www.chessantiques.com/English&French/tn/index.htm (http://www.chessantiques.com/English&French/tn/index.htm)
www.chessantiques.com/Barleycorn/tn/index.htm (http://www.chessantiques.com/Barleycorn/tn/index.htm)

http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeehv3p/C07.JPG

http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeehv3p/C09.JPG

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sauer38h
11-15-2004, 12:11 PM
Sorry guys, I tried coding the links in html but it didn't survive the BBS posting software. You're stuck with cut 'n paste. My apologies.


Fixed now - D'oh, I'd forgotten all about UBB code.

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Evan
11-15-2004, 12:29 PM
My alltime favorite chess book is "Underhanded Chess" by Jerry Sohl, published by Hawthorn Books New York 1973. It is hilarious. It spells out how to win at chess regardless of the skill level of your opponent. It includes such things as swatting at imaginary flies and hushing nonexistant spectators. My favorite is the suggestion that each day before your invited opponent comes over to your house to play you, you cut 1/4" off the bottom of his chair legs. After a few weeks you will tower over him...

kelamigo
11-15-2004, 03:41 PM
I can't answer that. That edition of Woodturning Design was the first one I ever saw. But it looked like he was at least a regular contributor.

ibewgypsie
11-15-2004, 05:07 PM
http://www.chessantiques.com/jaques/tn/index.htm
http://www.chessantiques.com/English&French/tn/index.htm
http://www.chessantiques.com/English&French/tn/index.htm
http://www.chessantiques.com/Barleycorn/tn/index.htm
http://www.chessantiques.com/Barleycorn/tn/index.htm
http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeehv3p/C07.JPG
http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeehv3p/C09.JPG


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ibewgypsie
11-15-2004, 05:17 PM
My older brother passed away at the age of 18, he had beaten chess masters that played in national tournaments.

I was not aware people even played chess anymore..

I think my favorite computer one was the one where the knights hacked off pieces till they fell.. one arm, a leg.. kinda amusing. The queen killed with a ball of light. the king had a dagger, etc.. It quit working one day..

I just am not interested like I used to be in the game. Perhaps being so beat by my older brother all the time made me dull..

I beat a friend, I remembered the 3 move checkmate and he fell right into it.. pull pawn, queen adn bishop attack kings pawn..

He was amazed, I didn't play him anymore that day. I can't remember anymore good plays.. my older brother would play six or seven moves ahead..

David

Evan
11-15-2004, 07:17 PM
David,

That would be Battle Chess. You can download it here for free:

Download Battle Chess (http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,22269,00.asp)

rockrat
11-21-2004, 12:00 PM
Thanks gents. The Battle chess link is nice. Havn't seen that for years. The knight is still giving me a little headache. I do like the chessmen that ibew posted. I'll keep looking, and I'll post a rendering if I ever get the parts worked out. sauer38h - still working through your links. Thanks!
rock

sandman2234
11-21-2004, 03:16 PM
I have a "starwars" game of chess that has some really neat figures. No plans, so no help.
Davd from jax

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sauer38h
11-22-2004, 09:44 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Evan:
My alltime favorite chess book is "Underhanded Chess" by Jerry Sohl, published by Hawthorn Books New York 1973.</font>

Is that the Jerry Sohl who ghosted for Charles Beaumont on some Twilight Zone episodes? The date's about right.

Rod Serling, Richard Matheson, and Beaumont were contractually obligated to write most of the Zones, but Beaumont developed an (eventually fatal) progressive brain disease. When he deteriorated to the point that he couldn't follow the plot line of a story, Sohl filled in. At first Sohl's scripts were credited to Beaumont, but later were credited to Sohl.

These were all SF/fantasy/imagination/drama scripts, naturally. I don't remember any other Sohl forays into humor. Or into chess, for that matter.


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sauer38h
11-22-2004, 09:47 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by ibewgypsie:


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Right you are, the FAQ tells all. Thanks.

PALux
11-22-2004, 06:01 PM
Many years ago in the 60's or 70's Popular Mechanics or Popular Science had a chess set turned from brass and aluminum. Though not a chess player myself I always wanted to make this set out of a light and dark wood. Very different from standard sets and very unique.

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