Looking for tips to restore an old chess set

Manu_314
endgame347 wrote:

Post some pictures of the pieces when you've got time please bro

Here you go:


Quite simple, as I said, but lovely.

Manu_314
IpswichMatt wrote:

I meant just let it infiltrate. I used the word wick because that’s how wax goes up the wick on a candle. It’s actually called capillary action, since low viscosity super glue has very low surface tension it’s very good at infiltrating. 

Try just a drop or two at first and see if you’re happy. It is possible to wipe away the excess with acetone, even after the glue sets.

You’ll probably want some “super glue precision tips” too, search on eBay for those and you’ll see what they are.

Yes, I think I will order some (I've seen a pack of 40 for less than $5, shipping included). I will see if I'm happy with the results and try to repair it. Thank you! happy.png

SardonicMonster

how'd this project end up?

Terron016

What a Beautiful old set, love the simplicity of the pieces reminds me of the set my dad taught me with but much nicer .definitely do it,                                                                        good luck 

Manu_314
SardonicMonster wrote:

how'd this project end up?

OMG, I totally forgot to upload the pictures.

Well, after some time, I could finally end this project at the end of the summer, so here it is:

 

Pieces sole, with billiard cloth thanks to dajamps suggestion (before/after):

 

I finally didn't do anything to the pieces themselves appart from the soles and cleaning. Like dajamps said, the pieces have seen some battle, and it's ok to show happy.png .

 

Board, after polishing and some beeswax (before/after):

More of the board, after the whole process. I also put billiard cloth underneath it (not seen in the picture) to avoit scratching it or the table:

And the whole set (not the best pictures thanks to my camera, but you can see the difference):

(I like to play black)

I have to say I'm very happy with the result and I really loved doing this project. I'm currently having a match on it against a workmate (we play on the phone, but I like to also have the match on the board so I can better see some possible moves) and it looks amazing:

What do you think about the final result?

gusibon

That came out very nice! Amazing difference. What brand of bees wax did you use? I am looking to restoring a board

Manu_314
gusibon wrote:

That came out very nice! Amazing difference. What brand of bees wax did you use? I am looking to restoring a board

I used HG beeswax, but I think there is practically no difference between brands.

Audioq

Great job. Did you polish out the scratches on the board with fine sandpaper?

Manu_314
Audioq wrote:

Great job. Did you polish out the scratches on the board with fine sandpaper?

I actually used a sander on all the board (there were scratches all across it), first with coarse-grained paper to remove all the scratches (very carefully, I applied it for like five seconds, removed, looked to check that I hand't overdone it and continued) and later with fine-grained paper to make it smooth.

SardonicMonster
What do you think about the final result?

wow! came out great. thanks for sharing. 

i'm restoring a chess table i picked up at an estate sale a couple of years ago. i'm going to have to clean up the cast iron base (it's a bit rusted here and there, as is the hardware), re-felt the bottom, and refinish the top. the chessmen are in decent condition, though the lacquer job on them is a bit sloppy. going to have to re-felt those at the very least. 

 

thanks for sharing the project. definitely will be taking some of the pointers found in this thread.