Duct Tape Game Board (Chess, Draughts and Backgammon)

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This instructable shows you how to make a game board for chess, draughts (checkers in American) and backgammon from duct tape.
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Step 1: Bin bag foundation

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As a foundation for the board cut a black bin liner up so that you have a square of plastic at least 12 times the width of your duct tape (60cm in my case).

Duct tape the plastic to your work bench so that it is lightly tensioned.

Then stretch alternate colour strips of duct tape across the plastic as shown in the photo.

Make sure that the edges of the tape are as close as possible without overlapping.

Step 2: Slice'n'dice

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Next mark the edge of the outer two bits of tape at regular intervals the same distance apart as the tape is wide (about 5cm in my case).

Then using a ruler and a sharp craft knife slice the strips across the so that you have separate strips of alternate colour tape.

You should end up with 8 strips.

Step 3: Shuffle the deck

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Rotate every other strip through 180 degrees and replace it where it came from so that you have alternate colour squares.

Step 4: As if by magic

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Duct tape the stips to the workbench again so that they line up with the edges as close together without overlapping again.

Necessary usage of another material other than duct tape... Magic tape the internal edges and across the strips for strength.

Add some strips of a third colour of tape to either end so that the board is rectangular - about ten percent longer than it is wide. 45cm by 55cm is tournament backgammon size so if you're picky then this is your target size.

Step 5: Flip reverse it

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Carefully remove the board from the workbench leaving all of the tape in place and turn it over.

Tape it back to the workbench this with the underside face up.

Step 6: The invisible step

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If you're a real duct tape ninja then you might be able to skip this step. Since this was my first duct tape build I used clear sticky back plastic to fix the parts constructed so far into place. Difficult to see in the photo but it's there if you look closely.
jbrecken2 years ago
It seems like the next obvious step would be to make playing pieces out of duct tape, perhaps a long strip coiled into a disc.
animan15 years ago
Awsome 5\5
helloworld15 years ago
this is amazing!! how did you only get 3 stars? i rated it a five!!
TheJynxed5 years ago
Bravo. Finally something original. ENOUGH WITH THE DUCT TAPE WALLETS.
kd1uc6 years ago
Cool!! Handy Man's secret weapon (Mr. Red Green) I like that you included Backgammon. I've wanted to make something like this so maybe this is my incentive.
i can't believe i haven't thought of this already! this is a great idea! and great for taking with you for traveling (roll it up). you should try making an instructable to make your own pieces! and maybe put magnets in them, the board so you can play in the car/ anywhere else.
triplebirch7 years ago
Thats a great idea; I might make one. (scrolling over the last step hurts my eyes!)
hethlee8 years ago
Great Idea!
dugupuk8 years ago
> It doesn't seem to matter if you start with the lighter colour on the right of the bar > or on the left. If you know differently then please let me know though. I know! It doesn't matter, because you can turn it around 180 degrees! Heh. Great instructable! Thanks!
Slamdunk (author)  dugupuk8 years ago
Thanks for the comment. Since the triangles are alternate colours across the board, if you turn it around 180 degrees then you'll find the same colour on the right of the bar on your side. Have a closer look at the picture...
PetervG8 years ago
Great. FYI, don't upload all your pictures at the start and leave them there, upload then remove and move on.
Slamdunk (author)  PetervG8 years ago
Thanks for pointing that out, it wasn't intentional. I've removed all but one of the photos from the intro.
Peter, go a little easier on people :) Slamdunk, this is really a great project, but why no Czechers?
PetervG mikesty8 years ago
I'm honestly just trying to help.
mikesty PetervG8 years ago
Gotcha. I partially misread your post with a more sarcastic Great.
Jezza Bear8 years ago
Brilliant, is all I can say. I know of a few children's play groups who would love this type of thing. Keep it up