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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2007 09:25:13 PM »

Smiley I hope he didn't hit his head, amberbrown Wink  The pieces aren't glued at all.  Naturally, you could if you wanted, but the pieces don't need it because they're all screwed together.  As I said, however, these pieces don't get a lot of use, so you might want to for a well-used set.  Epoxy, I would guess...

The only problem with this project was that the pieces actually cost a lot of money to make.  I think I wound up spending $80 on bags of bolts, screws and wingnuts of different sizes (I was shocked too--but if you put it all together, you realize that each piece averages out to more than one bag's worth; 32 pieces at 1.5 bags each at $1.75 a bag....well, that's about right).  Part of the reason was that I wanted to do a high-quality set for my dad, and I envisioned it in steel and brass.  The brass pieces were especially pricey.  Aluminum pieces wouldn't stand up as well as heavier metals. On the other hand, if you're smart and not doing things last minute like me, you can plan ahead and find cheaper vendors than home depot.  Putting together the pieces was a heck of a lot of fun.

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« Reply #11 on: April 12, 2007 09:28:40 PM »

That's genius, honestly! I love the pieces!
Maybe your dad doesn't open it because it's almost too beautiful to play with. You should surprise him and set it up sometime so you can play together!
« Reply #12 on: April 12, 2007 09:33:41 PM »

I would love to play with him except I'm rather hopeless at chess :/ I was hoping he and my brother in law might play; figured they'd both like that.  but they don't.  So, I think he needs a chess partner.

Thank you for the lovely compliment, though Smiley

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« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2007 01:07:17 AM »

Thats so creative!  If my husband didn't already have a chess set that he ignores, I'd want to make him one of these!  the board-game-in-a-book is an excellent gift idea...


Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2007 01:56:50 AM »

I don't even know how to play chess, and I want one! That is so rad. Great job!  Cheesy

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« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2007 05:39:56 AM »

Hooray!  That is unspeakably clever, fantastic, and well-done!

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« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2007 06:25:37 AM »

Ooh! That's beautiful. And like people are saying, that paper "board" DOES look just like marble! That's a smart idea. I may try gameboards with some kind of cardboard + paper square + plastic sitcky sheet... hm..

(And the best part for me is the hardware pieces! Cheesy)

« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2007 07:08:37 AM »

I love it. We play a lot of chess at my house and this has given me some great ideas!

« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2007 07:44:02 AM »

that is so awesome! i love playing chess. it makes me feel smart.

« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2007 08:15:59 AM »

Wow! Those pieces are so neat! It'd be awesome for a handyman!

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