Just When Ya Think You've Seen It All !

ROBB_CHESS

Alan Dewey had replied to a thread post of mine recenty about chess pieces cracking due to improper weighting. This included not only ebony but boxwood as well. Anyway, just when you think you've seen it all, how about "plastic pieces"-Yep, did my yearly inspection of my safe queens and of all things I found a pawn in one of my low end plastic sets that is heavily weighted and sure enough the base cracked along the seam. New one on me, but hey all the other hi end sets still are minty :))

9kick9

Robb you got me so parinoid now..! Gads the pic is Frightning.. I guess my plastic unweghted sets will last forever... I hope!

ROBB_CHESS

Yep... Triple weighting if not done right can create havoc... Hope y'all sleep well tonight lol. No worries for me cause HOS is dropping one to my mailbox. One good thing ya have to say about plastic is it's not a costly fix...

9kick9

A little epoxy should work. I just can't believe it happened on a plastic piece.!

wiscmike

Brings up a good question, how do you fix a crack in the base if wood? My Drueke 1964 wooden set has a couple cracks I would like to try to fix myself since the set itself isn't worth much. 

The_Ghostess_Lola

The problem w/ 2x & 3x weighted is when they drop on the floor ?....alotta times they get damaged. That's why merlons are missing from castles, the Queen's tiara is chipped, the horse's nose is cracked....and stuff lie that. 

ROBB_CHESS

Just so y'all know... The pawn pictured was never played, dropped, or used. It was a backup set in storage and cracked completely on it's own... notice it is right on the seam...

keju

Thank god you did your yearly inspection of your safe queens.

Martin_Stahl
The_Ghostess_Lola wrote:

The problem w/ 2x & 3x weighted is when they drop on the floor ?....alotta times they get damaged. That's why merlons are missing from castles, the Queen's tiara is chipped, the horse's nose is cracked....and stuff lie that. 

I think I have lost the heads off off 4 or 5 pawns in one of my more heavily weighted sets due to them being dropped. Also lost the cross on a king too.

RonaldJosephCote

                  When it was in storage, was there a large temperature swing??   Also, the wooden post#5--wicsmike, try Home Depot for wood filler, putty, even glue. Talk to furniture makers.

Iluvsmetuna

Maybe a chicken will come out of it ?

Martin_Stahl
kaynight wrote:

Hope you do not pursue a career in aviation Martin.

I didn't drop all of them Embarassed

ROBB_CHESS

back in business...:)