Great responses guys and thank you for the information! I will take a look at HOS and see if they have some offerings on eBay. I was looking at one set in particular because I like the dark “white side” vs the ebony side. I am not sure if I am supposed to be posting a link like this here but it was this set. Is this good quality you think?
We have been ordering Dubrovnik pieces as prizes for our annual tournament for about 4 years. They are highly regarded and attract many well rated players to the tournament. The sheesham and boxwood pieces are authentic to the Bobby Fischer set, are well balanced and weighted and durable.
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Handcrafted Chessmen – These felt bottom chessmen are handmade from hornbeam and sycamore wood. The elegantly intricate detail of each playing piece is impressive. Quality Board – This board is made f…
First, you’ll need eight strips of 2″ wide solid wood in contrasting colors. Maple and walnut work well together, but there are several other good combinations. Cut our strips of each material to 2″ on the table saw. Measure one of the with a digital caliper and record the measurement; you’ll need it later. Your measurement needs to be accurate, so be sure to use a precision instrument like our 6″ steel digital caliper. Each strip should be about 18″ long.
Level the playing field. House of Staunton’s Mr. Sullivan suggested that novices begin with a quality roll-up board, which are often used in tournaments, then trade up to a more conventional wooden model. Roll-up sets are lightweight, portable and affordable (as low as $5). “And if you drop it, throw it or even spill on it, it’ll still be perfectly functional,” he said.
Try Ebay. Use “staunton” in the search function to filter out all the goofy theme sets. Even if you don’t buy on Ebay you will at least get a very quick lesson on the current chess market so you don’t do something silly.
This white marble and black onyx set is quite nice. The carving in the black pieces is gorgeous, but the white pieces are a bit marred by the white marble color irregularities which can look like repaired fractures. I presume that they are just variegation in the marble, however. The chess board itself is very lovely – the white and black are very glossy and smooth. I haven’t actually given it to my spouse so the pieces have not yet been played with, but I think that the markings, while not completely traditional for bishops in particular, will be adequate to allow for stimulating games with beautiful stone pieces.
It’s not very well made… The board had cracked wood underneath, and the pieces aren’t very detailed. Some wood chips were even left in bishops’ visors, almost like the makers didn’t bother putting time into making the product look nice.
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E.V. from CA writes, “I’ve just received my chess men : they are absolutely astonishing! I knew from the pictures that they were beautiful but they are much more than this: they’re real masterpieces!”
You can finish this project any way you like, but a blend of equal parts oil, varnish and mineral spirits will give it a nice hand-rubbed look. You can also use a bamboo veneer to make it pop even more! Wipe a liberal amount of finish on the wood and spread it around evenly. Let the finish sit for about 15 minutes and then wipe it off. Don’t leave any wet finish on the wood. You might want to apply two or three coats. Let each coat dry several hours and buff the last one with #0000 steel wool for a satin sheen.
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I can personally vouch for the integrity and reliablity of USCF (2nd link) and can also assure you that they rarely have the best prices regardless of what you’re looking for. I’m pretty sure the other sites here are all reputable esp chesscafe.com but you can always look up ratings/reviews of each dealer using a search engine if you don’t get enough feedback here.