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Old 04-16-2012, 12:54 AM   #1
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Question Lead Weights?

Still making that chess set. I want to weight the pieces (for a quality feel) with something heavy and dense (NOT my skull). I can't find lead anywhere except in industrial quantity and I don't need 500 lbs. Any ideas? I thought I'd drill a 3/4" X 3/4" hole in the bases, add the weight and seal, and finish off with a good felt bottom. I've tried plumbners and bullet casters with no luck.
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Look in the roofing section of the big box stores...
The stuff for flashing chimneys should work fine. It's very malleable. I have some for those book-ends I've yet to make...lol.
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Split shot sinkers in the fishing department?
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Try your local sporting goods store and get fishing weights...they can be pounded into almost any shape...

OOPs looks like Douglas and I were posting at the same time. I must be a slower typist...oh well still good suggestions..
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Like Doug and Mike said, fishing weights work great. Your other option is to find someone who does stained glass and have them pour some of their melted solder into the holes you drilled.

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You can stop by a local tire shop and they will usually give the used weights from balancing tires. Then you just melt them down and pour into a mold whatever size you need.
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Hi Dave - I'm not sure whether it's still available in the US due to H&S concerns but I buy lead buckshot from the local shooting store when I want to weigh things down. Its small enough to fill a bore hole with and real easy to use.
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Try your local diving club (If there is one) as the lead weights they use is lead shot in bags as this shapes to thier body and makes it more comfortable to dive with.
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Wow! What great ideas. Thanks to all for taking time to help me out.
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I drilled a hole with my Forstner bit and put in 4 nickels when I made some small clocks to give them a little weight, epoxied them in and glued some felt to the bottom....... another suggestion for ya.
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