How To Carve Chess Pieces Out Of Wood

Lathe turning is a traditional art that has produced some fantastic pieces of wood throughout the centuries, from very complex chairs and tables to tiny chess pieces. As price would have it, there is no specialized compartment for each piece as you would find in a $70.00 wooden chess set, but it does its job well, and best of all, you can still play a game of chess no matter where you are. On this set – massive pieces king size 100 mm – I used 40 g weights on kings and queens, 30 g weights on the lighter pieces, and 20 g balls on the pawns. If you decide that you’d rather sand the chess set by hand, a small half-round rasp and a supply of emery boards will prove useful. It still maintains the classic wooden look that can make it a decorative piece in your home, but will withstand the rambunctious playing of young children.

The respect towards this tradition is what we hope will be recognized by the introduction of our chess pieces. The pieces are still occasionally toppled in time scrambles and blitz play, and of course even more often in bullet (one minute) games. In terms of chess sets, the problem is obviously not as big as, say, slavery or the extinction of the bluefish tuna. We ship worldwide and have many customers in Europe, Scandinavia, Australasia and the Far East where our highly competitive prices,even after, in some cases, duties and local sales taxes are applied still make us the best choice and value.

Redwood is seldom used to make chess boards and cabinets but is often used to make high quality chess pieces. You may also want to make your pieces out of all one type of wood, such as a balsa or bass wood, while those with more experience might like to use two different types of wood, one darker than the other. Also, this wood from Indonesia – like most well-dried chess pieces woods – is pretty tough to drill! The Soviets were also pioneers in the use of plastic to make their chess pieces.

The future of chess sets is likely to involve the improvement of computerized chess sets. It is commonly used to make chess pieces, the black side obviously; a very convincing attempt at producing an Ebony effect. There is also the notion that you’ll look more like a serious chess player with the right equipment. Many people possessed of a creative bent, aspiring craftsmen, have learned how to make chess pieces and chess sets. He found the instructions with many pictures VERY helpful in learning how to cut the compound cuts needed to make each piece.


There’s a big difference between owning great chess gear and playing great chess! Stylish Chess has over 70 models of chess in variable sizes, varieties and design. Then we’ll resaw the glued pieces into four thin slices and glue them up, edge to edge, onto a 1/8-inch plywood sheet. Luckily, I had a towel, an offcut of MDF, some lead bricks and about 50kg of soapstone to hand, all of which I piled on top of the curly squares (in that order), hoping it would hold them flat until the glue had set.

A great deal of emphasis is laid on the quality of the wood to be used in the manufacture of the chess sets for premium experience. It’s so hard and abrasive that it’s not uncommon to have to sharpen tools several times during the manufacture of a single chess piece, and it’s a real chore to use hand tools on. The oil content of the wood causes it to clog sandpaper and fine-toothed saw blades very quickly.

This chess set is ideal to accentuate a garden or patio with traditional elegance. If you master this skill, you would be able to carve all types and sizes of chess pieces. It is all based on using a scroll saw which I can do but was hoping for some carved chess piece patterns. So, if you are looking for wooden chessboard you should keep looking, but trust your own skills and intelligence for home-made chess pieces. The Santa Claus Indian theme set…completely unique hand carved in ebony and boxwood…Christmas is coming! Chess offers a lifetime of enjoyment for just a few dollars well spent at the outset.

This chess set decorates your home or resort with 32 detailed statues, but statues you can use to play the game of kings from a thousand years ago. In 1849, Nathaniel Cooke designed the Staunton ch…ess set, named for English chess master Howard Staunton. A good place to start when selecting a Staunton chess set is to know what is meant by a Staunton chess set. The color range of this wood goes from a rose to dark brown color with even darker lines.

If you love chess but aren’t in a position to collect chess sets, you can still marvel at their beautiful artistry. The smart way to do it is to cut long strips of wood in each colour and glue them together, to make a board with 8 stripes rather than 64 squares. Because every single Weigel Chess Set is handmade, each person who gets a set will be getting a very unique yet equally intricate board and pieces. But making a chessboard lid out of 64 small square blocks of wood so all the corners match up neatly can be totally overwhelming.

Anyway, I don’t have a table saw and I don’t crap diamonds, so I was forced to do it the hard way and make 64 veneer squares and glue them into place one by one. This DIY LED Chess Set can be built by you, and would be a great way to play chess in the dark, if you stayed at a strict hostel. The remaining pieces were sized in-between 1-2.5cm, and I’ll give the details in the following steps.