Step 2: 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
I wonder how well a tree branch and a pocket knife would work... Time to find out!
I bet it would turn out very well. Post pics when you finish!
It took me around 2 hours to finish a rook. It didn't look very good, so i am not finishing it, sorry. I really like the idea though, executed very well and its very nice looking. I wonder if i could find a way to make a lathe with a screwdriver... humm.... now you got me thinking!
Haha, yeah when you use a pocket knife, it will extend the project time quite a bit. There are quite a few number of good instructables on home-made lathes like this one: http://www.instructables.com/id/100-Homemade-Lathe/
It would have been worth it though if it looked half decent, but it looked like junk and i didn't want to waste time making a ton of junk chess pieces. thanks for that lathe instructable, i had tried to make one out of a dremel and some clamps, but to no avail. <br>
no problem. Good luck with it!
i used 3/4 in dowel. it turned out great! it fits nicely with my &quot;prity&quot; chess board! <br>thanks! <br> <br> ▄▀▀▀▀▄ <br> ▄▀ ▀▄ <br> █ ▄ ▄ █ <br> █ █ <br> █ ▀▄▄▄▀ █ <br> ▀▄ ▄▀ <br> ▀▄▄▄▄▀ <br>
Glad to hear!
Nice board. You have complimented it well.
Thank you very much. That is what I was hoping for.
Very stylish! You have my vote!
thanks, I appreciate that!
I know where there are a couple of old broomsticks, and i have this giant checkered blanket, it is exactly like a chess board, time to get cutting :D
agreed. share what you come up with when you finish!
That is awesome! Chess sets get to be so expensive and this is so much better than those since it is one of a kind!
Thanks! and I agree. Can't wait to see other people's versions.
nice pics, this is really creative!

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