Step 1: Getting Started
First things first is to gather all of your materials. Below are all of materials used in the making of this project.
2'x2' Wood board with a width of 1/4"
12 Small Red Non-Blinking LED Lights
12 Small Blue Non-Blinking LED Lights
Black Crayola Paint
Black Duct Tape
Set of Glass Chess Pieces
Step 2: Cutting the Board
If you go to your local Home Depot, Ace Hardware, what have you, you will be able to purchase this fine piece of wood. In the end, you're going to what two pieces of wood 10"x10". You'll probably be able to have it cut down into one foot by one foot smaller pieces at whatever establishment you end up going to. If not you can use a simple power saw that you may have at your humble abode, or perhaps you have a nice workshop that you house your magnificent tools in.
Step 3: Laser-Cutting the Wood
Once you acquire the wood, you will want to get two 10"x10" pieces. I used a laser cutter for a more precise cut, but you don't have the means to use a laser cutter, as I mentioned earlier, a simple power saw will do just fine. If you plan on going the laser cutter route, which I highly recommend, you will have to use the OnShape system, so you can virtually create the board. This design is a rather simple one, and I'm sure it will take you no more than half an hour to get the hang of the system. Create a 10"x10" square, extrude it, and upload it to your laser cutting machine to be cut.
Step 4: Painting the Board
Before you can paint the board you are going to want to decide which piece of wood you want to act as the board, and which you would like to be the bottom. After you pick out your favorite, draw lines on the board using a ruler. You are going to want to make seven straight lines both vertically and horizontally approximately 1.21 inches apart from one another. After you accomplish this mighty feat of the human spirit, you will want to paint alternating squares using fine dark gray paint made by the fine folks down at Crayola. This takes a bit of accuracy, and it is important to note that, unlike that of a child's coloring book, drawing outside the lines probably, but definitely, isn't the best idea if you are going for style points