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Chess and Checkers Plans

Date added:2011-09-08
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Chess and Checkers plansFree Chess and Checkers plans - It is an exciting game to play, and an elegant game to look at. Chess is played with six different pieces king, queen, bishop, knight, rook, and pawn each piece a tiny sculpture. Most chess sets are turned on a lathe or carved by hand; however, the set pictured here is made on a Bandsaw, each piece formed with a compound cut.The shapes of the various chessmen are fairly intricate, and this unfortunately makes them tedious to sand. However, we ran across a set of small drum sanders that speed things up considerably. The drums reach into most of the curves and crevices, and the chess pieces require only touch-up hand sanding. If you decide that you would rather sand the chess set by hand, a small half-round rasp and a supply of emery boards will prove useful. We also tried something new when applying a finish to the pieces hand-rubbed polyurethane. Dip your chessmen and checkers in a can of high-gloss polyurethane wood finish. Wipe off the excess with a rag and let dry on a sheet of wax paper. Dip the pieces again and wait for the finish to get tacky (about 10-15 minutes). Rub the partially dried finish into the wood with a rag. Do not worry if this rag becomes gummed up; this actually helps buff the finish. Let the pieces stand overnight toharden completely. Rubbing the gummy polyurethane into the wood fills any mill marks and surface imperfections. The wood becomes glass smooth and takes on a soft glow. After the second coat, the polyurethane looks remarkably like a hand-rubbed oil finish with only a fraction of the hand-rubbing. It will also resist grease and grime (caused by the constant handling of the chessmen and checkers) better than oil. Finally, glue squares and circles of felt to the underside of the chessmen and checkers to protect the board they will rest on. And that is it except for finding yourself a chess partner to help break the set in.

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