Click here to see the chess pieces at the end of Steve's Mere Minutes video.
Click here to see all of the chess pieces and who made them on Mike Fulton's site.
The key to 3D cutting is attaching the template to the block so that the fold line is precisely on the corner of the block. Cut the front view first, then tape the long curved cutoff pieces back in place with clear packing tape. You may need to attach another copy of the side view template since some parts of it get cut away. Cut the side profile then remove all of the cutoff pieces to reveal the knight. Sand using a spindle sander, small files, and sand paper. Cut out the optional shield from thin stock and glue it on. I shaped the shield with a spindle sander to give it a raised crease in the middle.
This was a fun and challenging project and I was happy to be a part of the fine group of woodworkers who joined together to make Steve this chess piece set. Thanks to Mike Fulton for herding us woodworking cats in the right direction. Getting everyone to make their pieces at the right scale and ship them on time took lots of coordination.
We all were surprised to see that just before we completed the set, one of Steve's viewers sent him a chess piece set and beat us to the punch. It is a beautiful set, so click here to see those in Steve's other Mere Minutes video. Now Steve has TWO sets of chess pieces. He may be off the hook for making the chess pieces, but now I think he's back on the hook for making a second chess board!!! Ha Ha! :o)
Below is a list of everyone who participated in this project . Please visit and follow them for more woodworking goodness! Thanks guys for including me and thank you to Steve Ramsey for inspiring all of us!
- Mike Fulton
- Matt Cremona
- Steve Carmichael
- Nick Ferry
- Patrick's Workshop
- Carl Jacobson
- Mark Christopher
- Jason McGinn
- Matt Brander