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DesperateKingWalk

The new Isle of Lewis chess set I purchased was not felted. I thought I would show my method of felting a stone resin chess set. 

Cut the premium felt patches to the sized needed for each chess pieces. 

Apply rubber cement to the bottom of each chess piece one at a time with the suppled glue brush. Then place the chess piece on the precut felt and press down. 

Allow the rubber cement to dry for a few hours. Then cut the excess felt from around the Lewis chess piece. 

This is a fast and easy way of felting a stone resin chess set. 

hermanjohnell

I went for classic green felt and used another glue but other than that I went about it much the same way. The method you describe works for wooden and plastic pieces as well.

edit. Looking at Desperates pictures I notice that he used a rather thick felt. I used, and prefer, a thinner variety but that´s purely a matter of taste.

DesperateKingWalk

I used a more premium and thicker felt. And the color red. For looks not better function. As I wanted the red accent to be seen.

As it will look nice with burl wood and Ebony inlaid chess board I ordered for this Lewis chess set.

And I can have more fun with this chess set. Since this chess set can never be use in tournament chess.

This set will be a playing and display set for my home.

hermanjohnell

Premium felt comes in different thicknesses. I can see why you opted for a ticker variety. One shall always use high quality felt. Some otherwise excellent sets are marred by cheap and lose felt that looks shabby and loses lint.

DesperateKingWalk
hermanjohnell wrote:

Premium felt comes in different thicknesses. I can see why you opted for a ticker variety. One shall always use high quality felt. Some otherwise excellent sets are marred by cheap and lose felt that looks shabby and loses lint.

Premium felts will have a higher density with the same thickness. I always use premium felts thick or thin.

Then if you want to go over the top. You can buy ultra premium felts made of 100% wool.

I have one set that was shipped with wool felt. Over 20 years ago, and I still have not every had to replace that felt. And probable will never have to in my lifetime.

hermanjohnell

Felt is OK but the next time I "felt" a set I´ll give it blue suede shoes...

hermanjohnell
hermanjohnell wrote:

Felt is OK but the next time I "felt" a set I´ll give it blue suede shoes...

And I have the set for that excercise, namely ony of the (in)famous 25 USD Amazon sets that is "footed" with extremely lousy felt...

DesperateKingWalk
hermanjohnell wrote:
hermanjohnell wrote:

Felt is OK but the next time I "felt" a set I´ll give it blue suede shoes...

And I have the set for that excercise, namely ony of the (in)famous 25 USD Amazon sets that is "footed" with extremely lousy felt...

My Felt was not horrible on my $25 Amazon set.

The worst felt I have gotten is from Chessbazaar. But sometimes with Chessbazaar I will get some decent felt. Like on my much cheaper Zegreb 1959 chess set from Chessbazaar. The felt pictured below is from my most recent Ebony chess set from Chessbazaar.

Can you guess the felt.

One felt is from the cheap $25 Amazon set, one felt is from Chessbazaar Ebony and Boxwood chess set, and one felt is ultra premium and almost 25 years old. The other 2 sets are less then 1 year old. And have had little use.