About 5 years ago I carved my own #chess set out of ann dowel and sticks from important trees. Now I feel inspired to take the next step and build a boardbox. This is gonna be fun.
I started by planning out the cuts. I was inspired by an article that helped me think through some of the details.
When things go right, #crafting makes me feel so content. My attention focuses down to a point and all the churn dies away.
Tonight I used the miter box to cut out the sides of the #chess box. It's going to be a real thick boi (I think it looks like a brown wooden doublestuff Oreo) but I've decided that's OK. I'll need to steam and straighten the boards just a little more.
A little about the #chess pieces: I started this project in 2014. I only had a few pocket knives to work with but that was enough.
Most of the pieces were carved from a dowel, but the Kings and Queens were special. I carved the white pieces from trees growing at my parent's home, the black pieces came from a tree growing outside my apartment.
Carving, I cut my hand so many times. There is so much of my blood in these pieces they are technically a close relative.
Now to weight the chess pieces. Except for the Kings and Queens, the pieces are made of poplar and very light. (~10g).
So i'm hollowing out the pieces with drills and dremels, and filling the holes with weights!
While i'm waiting for the weights (heh) I'm practicing with a test piece of wood and a nut. The steel nut is only 5g and the tungsten weights will be at lest double that, but I still need to perfect the drilling, gluing, and fabric cutting process.
Plenty of lessons learned. i'm satisfied that I can drill and awl a regular shape. The weighted piece feels great and the felt bottom adds a satisfying sound to the piece as it lands. BUT felt absorbs glue like a sponge; I've got to be careful how much I apply.
@Argus : I didn't see all the process, it's even better !
Congratulations on your determination along all the process. :-)
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