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Final Complete Turned Set at Dawn

  • by fragilio
  • | Jun 1, 2012

Here it is, the final completed set. The dark side is Purple Heart, a remarkably hard wood from South American. The white side is American Poplar, an inexpensive wood that ranges from white to greenish. This was my first turned chess set, comments and critiques welcome.

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  • 4 years ago


    if you get the chance, and there is some logging going on - ask the loggers to bring you the 'burls' from cut trees.

    the burls are not useful timber for them - they have to cut it out anyway.

    if you get it cut about two feet from the burl - then spray paint to seal the cut ends - so it doesn't dry too fast, and put them in the garage to dry for a couple years... then you can work the wood - fantastic designs inside burls.

    I'll see if I can find some in michigan this fall and bring them to you.

    cedar can be worked, although it is often brittle.  I think you can use sandpaper instead of a regular 'turning tool' on your lathe.


  • 4 years ago


    Sure, the king is roughly 3.75 to 3.5, the pieces are designed for a 1.5 inch square board.

    You bet I have, I have a new design in my head that stays with the traditional staunton look but supplants the horse knight with an Alligator head. Much like my prior scroll sawn set, however these are turned and hand carved. I have a few test runs going in poplar right now until I find something I'm happy with.

    The current wood choices for the next set is White Oak and Burmese Blackwood. I get my exotic woods from a small place in Orlando that has great service and prices.

    Cedar is dandy for scroll sawing, but carving and turning cedar is too unpleasant, too much splintering.

    Walnut is outrageous lately, I'd rather go with Mahogany, but blond maple I'm keeping my eye on, and I always shop ebay and the sales, never know what you'll find.

    Plus..we are entering storm season in Florida now, good chance I'll recover some down'd limbs and be flush with Live Oak.


  • 4 years ago


    would help to have the sizes of the pieces listed - height and max width (near the base, obviously)....


    Have you considered making any others now ?


    rosewood (or Cedar)  and birch ?


    walnut and blonde maple ?


    or ebony and white oak ?


    See you in Tampa this December - i'll be in frostproof by then and can drop by to visit.

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