How to Carve Wooden Chess Pieces

One of the great things about carving wooden chess pieces is that there is such a vast selection of shape, form, design, colour, size, and weight that you can make the pieces of your choice. The possibilities really are endless and many of the top companies in the world offer the ability to create these chess pieces. If you are interested in wood chess piece carving then this is what you need to know about the materials that are needed to get the work done. You can use either a standard blade file or sandpaper to create these pieces but the important thing is to get the wood right.

 

Sharpness is the number one thing to consider when it comes to getting these pieces. This is especially true if you plan on making these pieces into wooden chess pieces. The harder the wood is the more difficult it will be to create a chess piece from the material. If you find a piece of wood that is too soft you may want to use a bit of sandpaper to really get the piece to perform the way you need it to. Any material that is suited for carving can be used for wood chess pieces. The options include, oak, maple, and beech. If you are interested in beech wood chess pieces then you will need to make sure that it is suited for this.

 

The only thing that you really need to be concerned with when it comes to wood chess pieces is the amount of colour that you want to use. Anything that has red or pink has to be removed. If you are going to go with one of these types of pieces you will need to use a dye based or a gel-based ink to get the colour to show up in the piece. Any wood material will work for carving these pieces. The only thing that you need to keep in mind is that you will need to keep the piece from being scratched.

 

If you want to create the pieces that are worth collecting then you are going to want to learn a bit about the material that you are going to use to make the wood chess piece. If you decide to use wood for the piece then you will need to make sure that the piece is ready to be taken out of the woods. These chess pieces are meant to be an investment in a collection of your own and will keep it for years to come.

 

The next thing that you will want to consider is the type of finish that you are going to apply to the piece. The wood pieces that are made with oak or maple wood will have a rich grain to them. This is a good finish to use when you want a smooth surface or a high gloss finish.

 

It is a good idea to stay away from wood chess pieces that are painted. Some of the older ones that are available at the crafts store will have a stained finish. It is best to stick with an oil-based finish because it will offer a smooth surface for your chess pieces to stand on.

How to Hand Carve Wood Chess Pieces

In many cases people like to create their own designs and to have their own artwork on wood chess pieces. This is a great idea if you have a skill in wood working, as well as a love of chess. You will be able to create something that you can use in your own home. So with this in mind, we are going to discuss some of the things that you need to think about when you are going to hand carve chess pieces. We are going to start off by talking about the materials that you will need.

How to hand carve Chess Pieces

 

First of all, you will need some kind of tools. There are many different woodworking machines out there that you can buy. The most common ones that you are going to see is the lathe, planer, mortiser, router, saw, and chisel. These are the most common machines that you will need, however, there are others out there. Each one will do the same job as long as they are adjusted properly, and they will allow you to carve the pieces that you want to be carved.

 

Now, let's talk about what it is that you are going to be looking for with regards to carving the piece that you are creating. The first thing that you will want to consider is the material that the piece is made from.

Posted by Carl Miceli on 09 December, 2020
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