Re: Byzantine Chess
- Finding small chess sets isn't a problem for me, I have all the patterns I need to double cut them on a scroll saw. <G>
That way, I can make them what size i want, I've gone as small as making them out of 1/2x1/2inch stock........ yes, that was tight, and not a whole lot of extra features on the pieces. <G>
--- In email@example.com, "Chris Carpenter" <donat0@...> wrote:
> I'm not actually much of a woodworker, but we have local artisans who make many items from belt buckles to chopping boards who have a method that would work great.
> You take pieces of whatever length you want and shape them. The easiest would be the quartering then quartering again suggestion with long pieces. You need to make a 16 X 4 square round block with a center. ... then gluing them all together into a block of whatever depth you want in the pattern you want (the artisans will use a zip strip type cord and wrap it tight to clamp). Turn this on the lathe to acheieve a nice round shape, and then cut it crosswise on a bandsaw revealing the pattern: If you want a square board, just use the round board as a pattern to cut a square frame or add one large circle on the outside and cut it square with the bandsaw. Finish however you desire.
> Make as many as you want this way, a 12" block would make at least 15 1/2" chess boards. Sell them, I bet around here, a unique board like that might command as much as $50. Cut them thicker and you can sell them as cool cutting boards too.
> Be warned about Byzantine chess boards though, I have made them by strip quilting methods, and the inside "Squares" will be relatively small, and thus you need to find very small pieces, or make the board large. I found a a standard plastic Staunton chess set needs to have a circle with an outside circumference of nearly 30" to fit the pawns comfortably in the inside "squares". You will need to make the proportions based upon the inside circle squares, sizing them so the edges are just a little smaller than the circumference of the bottom of the pawns. Trust me, the outside squares will seem way too large no matter what you do.
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