Introduction: Car Part Chess Set

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This is the chess set i made for my senior project it started out as a bunch of old car parts that had no purpose and was destined to be scraped. So i decided to give them a second chance at life and turned them into a usable furniture decor peace. The whole project is rather bolted or welded together then painted and clear coated to protect it from rust. I made the seats out of plywood and burned a pattern into it with a torch to get a older looking design that matches the rest. It didn't cost much to make this project because almost everything was recycled from other objects. The funniest part is trying to guess what parts they are.


Rapturee (author)2016-03-25

Nice! :{)

Rapturee (author)2016-03-25

Nice! :{)

germanlad (author)2015-05-03

could I get some car parts from u?

germanlad (author)germanlad 2015-05-03

LOL! great Instructable! anyway I was just kidding.

tritian (author)2015-04-25

now that is pretty cool! awesome idea and well done!

PinkBandar (author)2015-04-18

Super Creative Idea !

RetroTechno (author)2015-03-30


More Cowbell (author)2015-03-30

I really like the chess set. Very creative. I would personally consider upgrading the camshaft stools - especially if you are looking to sell them. They are not really load bearing and I've seen them snap in an engine. Perhaps a setup like this:

jmcdonald23 (author)2015-03-22

Dude thats cool as hell!! I'm an automotive technician and really love how this came out!!! What year/make/model did those hubbed brake drums come from?

LouisH1 (author)jmcdonald232015-03-29

Possibly Volkswagen brake drums?

TuftyFall0 (author)jmcdonald232015-03-22

there some kind of mobile home axils lol just old parts i had laying around

samanthadamski (author)2015-03-29

.....battery terminal connector, cam shaft (intake and exhaust) pulley / gears, valve springs, pistons, spark plugs, tow hook....?

Did I get most of it? : p

samanthadamski (author)2015-03-29

This is amazing! You should be super proud of yourself .

GregoryL1 (author)2015-03-29

Excellent work there, very impressed!

zenderon (author)2015-03-24

lol love it

klixtopher (author)2015-03-22

Nice job. Interested to know how you executed that effect on the seats.

TuftyFall0 (author)klixtopher2015-03-24

Its burned with a butane torch like what u us to solder copper. the reson i did that to the wood was becouse everything was metal and would didnt realy match so i made it look older and kinda like lether

Amnesia Wes (author)2015-03-23

Excellent re-purposing endeavor!

dhibberd (author)2015-03-23

Cool chess set

TuftyFall0 (author)2015-03-23

i do have some metal art work for sale i just cant deside on how to price them lol

tomatoskins (author)2015-03-19

I would love to know the steps you took to make this. It's downright beautiful!

FletchH (author)tomatoskins2015-03-22

Agreed. I'm don't really see the steps that qualify this as an instructable. I thought it was just me.

TuftyFall0 (author)FletchH2015-03-22

sorry im new to the whole instructable thing so im not to good at talking though things .......i learn things buy seing not reading so i geuss i set it up for mmore of the visulist instead of the ones who need the step by step ....ill try to get better at making the step by step for more people to understand over time ...sorry

FletchH (author)TuftyFall02015-03-22

You and I have something in common as I'm visual as well. However, I'm largely ignorant to the process of what the tools and processes are that you used to put this together. That very notion is a compliment to your work. You don't owe me an apology. I'm just passing food for thought.

misstessi (author)FletchH2015-03-22

It's his first 'able; why don't you give a recommendation instead of a negative comment?

FletchH (author)misstessi2015-03-22

I'm not applying a "negative" connotation to the discussion. The work is actually impressive. I think the photo work is well done. However, when I think of "instruct"ables, that usually means instructions exist.

To make my point, the fact he has an effort at all is much more than I have contributed to this site. However, I want to see the site's purpose remain true. I appreciate one's empathy for "look what I did", but it really needs to stay in the realm of "let me show you how I did it."

56chevy210 (author)2015-03-22

Thank you for sharing. This is a great idea and you did a wonderful job. If you don't mind, I would like to use your ideas and make one of these for a opportunity drawing at our car show. Thank you again!

SOLUSMAN (author)2015-03-22

spylock (author)2015-03-22

I love the game,and love your set,it would be honor to beat you on your set.Just messing with you,you have turned trash into treasure for sure,awesome job.Like all the photos also.

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misstessi (author)2015-03-22

Great job! This is absolutely stunning! You should be very proud of yourself. Great job! I can't wait to see your pieces in the future!

(Make sure to sign and date your work!)

Wild-Bill (author)2015-03-22

A lovely piece art & project. Beautifully executed.

HappyGobo (author)2015-03-22

Reminds me of

shootr (author)2015-03-22

Very cool, nicely done!

bethmwl (author)2015-03-22

Very well done, even a table and chairs

redrooster (author)2015-03-22

Excellent job and very cool. I can see a niche market for these.

profort (author)2015-03-21

You have the eye of a true artist seeing beyond the present shapes. Yet, the skills to bring them out are crucial for any endeavor. Wonderfully DONE!!!!

TuftyFall0 (author)2015-03-20

thank u all i never knew if my work would ever be good enough or if i should keep trying to make things but all the things yall have said makes me want to keep working hard and make things that people don't think is possible.

Metal_maestro (author)TuftyFall02015-03-20

What you've done here is demonstrate a pretty rare talent in being able to see one thing as another. Plus your end product looks amazing. I love the creativity and imagination on display here. I hope you continue making things that look this good.

TuftyFall0 (author)Metal_maestro2015-03-20

thank u im hoping to make more beutiful peaces

fzumrk (author)2015-03-19

Very nice design on the chess set. Also, that burned in pattern on the plywood turned out great. Almost like a tortise shell.

rpotts2 (author)2015-03-19


primosanch (author)2015-03-19

This is absolutely the coolest chess set I have ever seen! I love it. Thanks so much for sharing.

seamster (author)2015-03-19

Whoa, this is impressive!

You've got enough here to break this into a few steps, if you wanted. (You can edit any time.) If you wrote up a few more details on the various steps you took, that would be awesome!

Instructadam (author)2015-03-19

it does looks amazing. Will you be writing out a stage by stage instructional for others who are inspired by your project, to follow ?

NathanSellers (author)2015-03-18

Really cool project. Way to go on the repurposing.

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