Steampunk-Inspired Hardware Chess Set

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Introduction: Steampunk-Inspired Hardware Chess Set

Make a cool, retro, steampunk-inspired chess set from assorted hardware, a found table and some common chemicals. This project is fast, easy and looks great.

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    Not trying to troll, but it's surprising how many chessboards are not set up properly. Please google and show us the right way.

    Nice job man!
    that's mine ( the template is from GMJHOWE instructable )

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    THAT IS SOOOOOO AWESOME!!!!!!!!

    OMGOMGOMG This is awesome! (Insert number higher than five here)/5! I'll be making one right away!
    Win Guy

    That is a really great idea! I might make this for my hub for an Xmas present. Thanks!

    I finally got around to making this for my husband for Christmas 2009. I spray painted one of the sets of chess pieces gold instead of using chemicals and left the other one natural. I think I spent about 90 minutes at the hardware store figuring out the chess pieces themselves. It cost about $55 for all the nuts and bolts, I had the end table on hand already, and I bought a mis-mixed quart of paint for the base color of the table as well as a contrasting spray paint for the board and a high-gloss spray paint sealer to finish it off.

    He was super impressed with it (a carpenter, by trade), and now we keep a game going in our den all the time. He's beat me every time. ;)

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    This is awesome, I plan to make my dad a set for his birthday next month, just a note, Michaels sells the "patina chemical" as "antiquing solution".