If you want to make a wooden chess set and don't want to turn it, get this book. There are many more designs here than I could have imagined; some are traditional, and some are hilarious. Some of the animal-themed pieces would work very nicely as standalone pieces.
Compound cutting isn't the easiest thing to do on a scroll saw, but it's a blast; you cut here, you cut there, and then you open up the package to see what comes out. I highly recommend this book!