So I'm looking to build an amazing chess board, but don't where to start on the pieces. I have a cnc router and a traditional lathe any suggestions on designs? I've never hand carved before so I'm not ready for that. I think I'll be going with maple and rosewood, Thanks!
either a dremel or hand carved will likely easiest for certain pieces like the knights or more intricate designs(pieces with faces) but a lathe (or a drill press set up to be used as a small lathe) will greatly simplify
You've made knobs and stuff before right? similar idea, just slightly fancier looking if we're going with a basic set
just a few things to keep in mind with your design
-How big do you plan to make the pieces?
-Your own capabilities
-Nobody judges the knights horse for having a slightly crooked eye when they're actually playing the game
another option is simply having the board be the lid of the container, or be one large slide out
glass etching can make for nice looking tops, but if you do that you'll want to make sure to felt the bottoms of the pieces or else you'll hear a lot of clacking.
pretty easy to do with some stenciling, but I mention the glass as it's good for display purposes of the pieces while they're safely still in the box.
there is a certain charm in in traditional wooden boards though
create you're own design for the pieces. Get creative and just make whatever you can with the tools you have.
I'm planning on making a concrete board with white tile inlays for the white squares and nothing for the black. Gonna use steel tubing for the pieces like pic related