How to Make a DIY Chess Set

How to Make a DIY Chess Set

Chess is one of the most popular games that have survived over the years. It was invented by Persians and it was mainly a major pastime of kings from all over the world. In this article, we’ll provide you the step by step procedure of how to create a chess set at the comfort of your home.

CHESS BOARD 101


STEP 1 – COLLECT YOUR MATERIALS

First things first, if you want to make a chess board the first thing to ensure is the materials to be used including:

  • 1/2″ plywood
  • 2″ square dowel rods
  • Miter saw/Miter box2x3 lumber
  • Glue (for wood)
  • Shoe molding (optional)
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint or varnish (it’s up to you on how you want your board to look like)

Your preference to use a shoe molding will require you to use a lumber with a similar type of wood.


STEP 2 – CUT THE DOWELS

Miter saw must be used to cut 1” slices of the dowel. The remaining will be used to make a total of 64 tiles


STEP 3 – PAINT THE TILES

Bring out your creativity in styling the 64 tiles into 2 distinctions (colors), 32 for one color and 32 for another one color. After styling, let it sit until it becomes dry before proceeding to the next step.


STEP 4 – CREATE THE FRAME

Create the frame by cutting 4 pcs of the lumber picture frame design using a miter saw – one side should be 18” long and the other should be 15” long. You can also paint or stain them to make them look appealing.


STEP 5 – CUT THE BASE

The base needs to be cut through cutting ½ of the plywood by 18×18”


STEP 6 – GLUE THEM TOGETHER

Glue them all together but make sure to watch out for the squares and cover those portions with a wood glue, take your time to glue them one by one. Do not forget to place them in alternating colors as you glue to end up with an 8×8 interchanging colors considering that their corner matches in a diagonal position. NOTE: It’s important to glue directly on the plywood and not on the sides of the pieces. Then, glue the frame around square edges.


STEP 7 – FINISHING TOUCHES

This is where you finalize the look of your chess board. You might want to style the sides for a more defined looking chess board.


CHESS PIECES 101

There are many ideas that you can search on the internet about chess pieces.  Personally, I would recommend for you to buy premade chess pieces since making one is a little complicated. Just put some personal touches on the premade ones to make them look more interesting to play. Here are some ideas you can use as chess pieces

Nonetheless, what I’ll be featuring here are the 6 types of chess pieces and their distinct move in the game that will greatly decide how the game will end. Basically, there are two players in the game and each has 16 chess pieces respectively.

 

  • PAWNS

Pawns are the shortest chess pieces and each player has 8 pawns. A pawn can move diagonally forward (1 or 2 spaces forward on the first move) to kill a piece of the opponent.

 

  • ROOKS/CASTLES

Rooks are also called Castle since they look like one. Both players have 2 rooks each where players can move it in any number (vertically or horizontally) all the way to the end of the board or kill a piece of the other party.

 

  • KNIGHTS

Each player has two knights. It is called “knight” because it looks like a head and neck of a horse. Knights can be moved 2 ½ steps in any direction the player wants (may move 2 spaces diagonally or vertically and another one step sideways)

 

  • BISHOPS/CAMELS

Each player has two bishops or camels. They have a pointed top that makes them look like turrets. A bishop can be moved diagonally in any number and direction until it reaches the end of the board or kills an opponent’s piece.

 

  • QUEEN

There is only one queen in each player. The Queen is the second tallest chest piece. Each player has 1 Queen and it is one of the most deadly pieces in the game since it can move any number of pieces and in any direction to kill a piece of the opponent.

 

  • KING

There is only one king in each player. It has a cross at the top making it the tallest chess piece. The king is the most important piece in the game – once the king dies, it’s game over. It can only be moved in any direction but for a single step only. The famous “check” term signifies that the king is in danger.

As an aspiring chess player, the first thing that you need to ensure if your chess set and of course the knowledge about the game, particularly the pieces and their moves. Make your homemade chess set now and have fun playing with your family and friends.

 

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