Chess Pieces. Cowboys and Indians

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dlpetker
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Chess Pieces. Cowboys and Indians

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Morning. I was contacted by a gentleman that is interested in getting a chess set carved. Has anybody done one of these or interested in doing it?

Please let me know.

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I believe NextWave did such a project and the info/files should be on their website

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Hi,
It could be a very interesting project.
Do you have more details ?
Things that come to mind .... size of pieces (diameter of base etc.)
Materials ... does the client also require a chess board ?
Soapy

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FYI

ETSY and Ebay have numerous chess set collections.

I was experimenting at the local Woodcraft helping to 4th axis a fantasy buxom female chess set.
I don't have a 4th axis machine myself.

1) Dirt cheap files from Etsy $12-18 for entire set.

2) Very detailed. Possibly too detailed (x-rated) may have lead to tear out reported in item 4.

3) Queen and King were approximately 6" tall, ponds 3". 6" models took 6+ hours for each one. Hard to make a profit here.

4) Grain direction and species of wood very important. Too much tear out and chipping. I thought they were firepit quality, certainly couldn't sell.

So my VERY limited experience says unless you are making it for Bill Gates, your client will choke on the cost.

I hope other forum member's experiences were better.

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The Next Wave Automation chess set was an under water themed set.

It was not 4th axis, just doubled sided if memory serves me correctly.

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Another thought be careful in any set you buy.

Some/most modelers out there are creating models that look great in preview view of their software and work probably well in the 3d printing world.

They aren't modeled well for 3 and 4 axis cnc work. Very fine detail looks great in preview, but impossible to get tooling down there to make the actual cuts.

Just my opinion.

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Re: Chess Pieces. Cowboys and Indians

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Thanks John,
The work involved does sound a bit expensive.
Give this one a miss
Soapy

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