Mike Darlow has left no detail behind in his latest in a series of 5 books on woodturning. He starts out with a history of chess showing the development of the typical pieces over the centuries, followed by a gallery of different pieces made by modern turners. Chess boards are discussed along with the process of designing chess sets.
Detailed measured drawings of nine different chess sets are shown on a grid making it easy to transfer to templates. Pictures of the finished pieces are provided as well. Included are a modern set designed by the author, a set from 1480, an English set from the late 1700's, a Biedermeir set from 1770, an elegant Russian set made in 1800, and four other designs.
The last chapter of this book covers the process of turning the chess pieces. All aspects are covered thoroughly including materials needed, carving methods, wood preparation, rough and finish turning, sanding, adding weight to the pieces, tools used, work holding techniques, sanding, and finishing. If you have ever wanted to make chess pieces, this book is a must!
Softcover, 168 pages.
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