Introduction: Chess Game From Scrap DIY

I have build a Chess Board and full set of pieces almost entirely from scrap.

Here is Youtube Link:

Step 1: Materials and Tools


  • Dark Wood
  • Light Wood
  • Dowels different diameter


  • Table Saw
  • Wood Glue
  • Clamps
  • Stain and Shellac

Step 2: Saw and Glue

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Saw the Wood into 8 pieces each with dimension 5/4 x 10 in

Glue the pieces together to make the pattern.

Tip: try to glue everything flush to one surface it will help later.

Step 3: One More Time

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Now saw the pieces for the 5/4 width and glue them together to get chess board.

Tip. Don't forget to check that you actually have 8x8 board and the right dark/light square orientation.

Step 4: Plane and Sand

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Take you hand plane and plane the face of the board to get flash surface. If you have not messed up as me on the glue up stage otherwise you will have a long way to plane.

After the face is flat. plane the other side.

Take you sander/paper and sand the board.

Apply couple coats of shellac and wait. Sand the board more with higher grit.

Add some wax.

The board is Done!!!

Step 5: On Piece to Rule Them All.

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take different size dowel and cut them to size.

you can do it as you like... or can follow the design I found here:

Step 6: The Pieces.

Picture of The Pieces.

Explore the possibilities with wood and glue.

Step 7: Play and Enjoy

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Now wait till everything is dry and play.



cracked footed troll (author)2015-08-15

LOL one piece to rule them all nice

fraser02 (author)2015-08-10

Cool idea!

An easier way of getting the different shade squares is get the large square of wood, sand it down, then measure up all the little squares and draw them on the wood, then varnish/stain them the different shades in the correct positioning.

handroid7 (author)fraser022015-08-10

Thank you,

But I feel that different type of wood board feels more solid and clean. But there is Inifity ways to make anything ;)

Carleyy (author)2015-08-10

Very cool!

handroid7 (author)Carleyy2015-08-10

Glad you like it. Thanks

Coolloom (author)2015-08-09


handroid7 (author)Coolloom2015-08-09

John Wilkins (author)2015-08-09

Great idea only looking today at three boxes offcuts etc in the workshop now they have a future!!!

handroid7 (author)John Wilkins2015-08-09

One Mans garbage is another man board game .

benhur.goncalves (author)2015-08-09

Hey! I just made an Instructable of a chess clock! LOL ha ha really a coincidence

Cool project by the way.

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