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My newest oldest acquisition: 34 year old Fischer-Spassky Repro

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DesperateKingWalk

I use wood glue... the brown stuff. evil But white glue also works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTs255j9xhA&t=7s

Powderdigit
Uchebuike wrote:

Here are the pictures after the set arrived. Easily the best finished set I have had. Worlds better than my Sinquefield-Knockoff from Staunton Castle (which I am selling because of the finishing...). The pieces are perfectly weighted, felt applied as it should be and just a pleasure to move. Though I didn´t like the board very much on the pictures, it has a really nice patina and felt on the bottom. The black pieces indeed are made out of a very dark (maybe darkened? I don´t know) ebony.

Of course, the set is not perfect. There are some differents between the knights carving, which is perfectly fine for me, since they are handcarved. Also one bishops head from each army appears ever so slightly larger than his comrades. But this is also absolutley ok and I guess most people wouldn´t even notice if they aren´t told.

One last point regarding the finish. I am not sure if they were polished by using a hardwax on a buffing wheel or if it is French Polish. Since they feel way "better"/smoother (maybe "glass-like") than my Sinquefield Cup set, I wonder, if it is really French polish? The way the kings appear at least reminds me of Jaques Pieces and their finish.

A gem! Congratulations.

Uchebuike
IpswichMatt hat geschrieben:

Yes I was able to reuse the old felt. I just used the white glue used for woodwork. Be careful not to use too much - you don't want it seeping into the felt and making it hard.

I don't recall buying felt, but I think it's easy enough. You'll want to match the existing stuff as best you can though, so might be best to take a piece into a craft shop rather than buying online. If you do this, then cut the felt bigger than you need, glue it on, wait for it to dry and then cut off the excess with some good scissors.

Thanks for the advice! I will update, when I managed to do it.

Edit:

Removing the felt, after dampening it really was super easy, so thanks for the tip @IpswhichMatt.

Uchebuike
Powderdigit hat geschrieben:
Uchebuike wrote:

Here are the pictures after the set arrived. Easily the best finished set I have had. Worlds better than my Sinquefield-Knockoff from Staunton Castle (which I am selling because of the finishing...). The pieces are perfectly weighted, felt applied as it should be and just a pleasure to move. Though I didn´t like the board very much on the pictures, it has a really nice patina and felt on the bottom. The black pieces indeed are made out of a very dark (maybe darkened? I don´t know) ebony.

Of course, the set is not perfect. There are some differents between the knights carving, which is perfectly fine for me, since they are handcarved. Also one bishops head from each army appears ever so slightly larger than his comrades. But this is also absolutley ok and I guess most people wouldn´t even notice if they aren´t told.

One last point regarding the finish. I am not sure if they were polished by using a hardwax on a buffing wheel or if it is French Polish. Since they feel way "better"/smoother (maybe "glass-like") than my Sinquefield Cup set, I wonder, if it is really French polish? The way the kings appear at least reminds me of Jaques Pieces and their finish.

A gem! Congratulations.

Thank you very much!

Uchebuike



Hopefully that will suffice. I couldn’t find anything different (except epoxy, which I have never used before).

IpswichMatt

Can't do any harm. But as I said earlier, I've used low viscosity superglue which wicks its way into the thin spaces between the weight and the wood. So if they still rattle once the glue sets, give that a go. Let us know how it goes please

Uchebuike


Worked out just fine, the weight isn’t loose anymore. The thing was however, that the weight wasn’t very loose and there wasn’t much movement. Also I couldn’t imagine how I would get the weight completely out of there, if I wanted it to come out. So because of that, next time I will definitely look for such a low viscosity glue and try that.

And for the felt, I guess I didn’t apply it perfectly or maybe it wasn’t 100% round in the first place. But it looks good enough and since it is only felt, one can always replace it anyway.

IpswichMatt

Looks like you've done a good job!

Judging by that close-up of the Knight, it's a nicer set than the Fischer-Spassky set I had. Also, your fingernails look to be a lot cleaner than mine.

I bought some old pool table baize cloth on eBay in the past - used, it's dirt cheap. It's not a big job to replace all of the felt (or baize) of a chess set and it's quite satisfying. Obviously you wouldn't do that with a rare antique set where you want to preserve the originality, but for playing sets it's worth considering.

DesperateKingWalk

Nice job!

I can almost see a smile from the horse....

Uchebuike

Thank you both!

I am sure I will eventually everything with billiard cloth. I wanted to do this with a different set for a while already and have been looking for some Simonis Cloth before, but I never thought about looking on eBay 🤦🏽‍♂️

Maybe I will post some pictures, when it’s time. 

Ebony for the end.