The classic wooden chess set is always a delight to play the game with and here we have taken the concept of using different characters for the pieces a stage further.
We have used the Great English Oak Leaf for the King, a leaf taken from the Tree of Heaven for the Queen, a leaf from one of the many different varieties of Maple as the Bishop, a prickly Hawthorn for the Knight. The shape of the Tulip tree leaf seemed just right for the Rook and last but definitely not least the simple lines of the Lime leaf are perfect for the Pawns.
We have chosen to use Ash and Walnut following the traditional contrast of light and dark within the set.
The board is fashioned from Obeche & Walnut, its all easier than you think to make and in no time at all you will have created a fine example of a chess set to be proud of, great as a gift or simply for your own indulgence.
. . . . See below fantastic pictures of the Leaf Chess set made by Andy Jakubowski . . . .
Walnut: 1220mm x 38mm x 38mm
Ash: 1220mm x 38mm x 38mm
The art of Compound sawing is making two separate cuts on adjoining sides of one pattern to create a three dimensional piece.
Make copies of the chess piece patterns as follows:
King and Queen - 2 of each (1 light & 1 dark)
Bishop, Knight and Rook - 4 of each (2 light & 2 dark)
Pawn - 16 (8 light & 8 dark)
A total of 32 patterns are needed.
05. Use a glue stick or adhersive stray to stick the correct number of patterns to the light and dark wood, make sure the fold of the pattern fits exactly along the edge. Then use a wide sellotape to wrap around the whole length of the wood covering all sides, doing this will help to lubricate the blade minimising burning.