Hey all, I've got a friend who has a glass chess set and would like me
to make a box to hold it. Simple enough. He only requested felt
inside, but I thought it'd be nice if I could somehow form the
interior to fit the pieces better. I don't want to have to cut out
shapes for them either. Is there there something that I could push
the pieces into that would form around them and still look decent?
Thanks for any help!
Ping Kevin Wilcox, and ask him how he accomplished it, since I just saw a
post of his on ABPW dated yesterday of a beautiful chess board with the
glass pieces recessed into the felted drawer. Very cool idea. Check it out
if your ISP carries the group.
I'm the one Brian referenced. I used Durhams Rock Hard Water Putty that I
bought at Home Depot (see www.waterputty.com ) in the same section as
drywall repair and wood putty. It's a powder that you add water to. It
took me a few tries until I got the consistency right, but it worked very
well when I made it thin enough to be self-levelling but thick enough to
keep the pieces from rolling around.
Once that stuff cured (only takes an hour or so) I pried out the pieces and
sanded some of the rough edges. Then I applied a "flocking" material that I
got at Woodcraft. I'd never done it before, but it worked very well. First
you apply a colored adhesive with a brush or roller, then you shake on 1/32"
long colored rayon fibers. After the adhesive cures (about a day) you shake
off the excess fibers, and voila, instant felt!
I'm very pleased with the results, and the cost was very reasonable, I
In case you're wondering, I did not use any release agent on the pieces.
The chess set I bought had smooth glass pieces and frosted glass pieces. I
used only the smooth glass pieces, and was able to scrape the putty off the
pieces very easily. The stuff does seem to stick to anything with a texture
to it which is why I didn't use the frosted glass pieces.
On 22 Dec 2003 19:54:31 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (werlax) wrote:
Don't form fit it - they're an absolute pain to use.
I'd make segmented boxes from foam, with a base-shaped recess at the
bottom and some squeeze vertically (chessman axis) above. Leave gaps
around the side so you can get hold of the chessman. You could make
this with vertical slabs of plastazote foam (any craft shop), stencil
cut around the base cutout - all the rest is straight lines.
Slip some masonite into the dividers for strength (if you need it) and
a slip of plastazote over the horizontal divider to neaten the visible
Klein bottle for rent. Apply within.
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