Step 2: Step 1: Cut the Dowel

Picture of Step 1: Cut the Dowel
The first step is to decide how tall you want your pieces. for my board, I decided to have the smallest pieces (pawn) about 1cm tall, and have the tallest pieces (King and Queen) about 2.5 cm tall. The remaining pieces were sized in-between 1-2.5cm, and I'll give the details in the following steps.

You will need: 
  • 16 pawns
  • 4 rooks
  • 4 knights
  • 4 bishops
  • 2 queens
  • 2 kings