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Old 07-06-2011, 09:54 AM   #1
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Hi all!

I've cut a number of designs from Jim's Chess sets book and now I'm going off the reservation and working on my own design.

Think of these as "scroll cut turned like pieces".

Anyway I'm still working out the kinks, so I present to you a true work in progress, let me know any suggestions you have, I plan on cutting revision 4 tonight.

This first piece is a king, I liked parts of it, but the flared out base and the multiple curves were just too much to keep consistent.



After that I tried a queen design, kept the base and curves the same, but was convinced after that piece that I needed to change them. Mainly due to the chip out, those curves are just too tight. Now the wood is WRC, which is prone to chipping out, but still, curves are just too close together.



So next I changed the base and cut a Bishop. The mitre is too large, but the base is much better, still not sure on those curves.



So back to the drawing board, this time I modified the curves and the base, and cut an almost perfect Rook. I like this design and have adjusted the others to match it, comments welcome!



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Old 07-06-2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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Matt, looks like you are having fun! It is interesting to hear about the challenges with design, wood choice, and cutting. I have an admiration for those who head off into their own designs and learn a lot in the process. Keep going.
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Very nice! Thanks for showing us and
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I thought your king looked good - but by the time you got to the rook (castle?) you have it nailed!
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Thanks all, I worked on the design further, the cutting floor is littered with failed designs, but I think this one looks perfect, now to cut that knight...



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Looking fantastic. I can think of lots of things to change, but nothing that would improve. Keep your mind going you are on the right path.
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Ok, here's the final for now, going to try this in something "expensive" this weekend. Wish me luck!




Jim, Thanks for the praise, from the "Chess Man" himself no less!

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Persistence pays off Matt ... I really like those.

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Nicely done. I can see a chessmaster poised over the board now!
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