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My other hobby is playing board games. I love ’em! I have about 150 board games in my collection and its constantly growing. So I don’t have to tell you how excited I was to hear the latest issue of SSW&C has plans for a compound cut checker board set designed by Sue Mey. I’m anxiously awaiting my issue to show up. The pictures look stunning and I can’t wait to read more about it.

Interesting enough, there has been a few threads on SSW&C forums about compound cut chess pieces. Barefoot1 (Thomas) has created a thread in the Works In Progress section to log his progress as he constructs a Notre Dame chess set for his son. Each piece is compound cut with the scroll saw and beautifully detailed. He also goes into construction of the board/case that will certainly match the beauty of his chess pieces. His work is remarkable. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

The Notre Dame Chess Set was designed by Azbison (Jim Kape). He’s been busy making a lot of prototype chess pieces and posting the results in the forums. You can check out some of his prototypes (thread 1, thread 2). He also has a beautiful chess set he constructed. Take a look.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the Notre Dame Chess Set, Jim is making the pattern available for $10. He also has other patterns he’s been working on, so you might see what else he has to offer. You can email Jim at azbison[at], to find out more information.

You also might want to check out Diana Thompson’s, Wooden Chess Sets You Can Make: 9 Complete Designs for the Scroll Saw. I haven’t read the book, yet. But the designs look very nice and might be a good option for those who are new to compound cutting.

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