Whilst an artist in residence at Instructables, I took up playing chess at lunch times against Dave
. With chess on the brain, when I went home at night I noticed that the black and white tiled kitchen of the family I was staying with would be PERFECT for a game of giant chess.
Looking online to see what was already available, I found three problems:
1) Size: none of the sets advertised as giant, were actually very big
2) Ease of storage: all of the sets I found online were injection moulded plastic. I'd need a lot of space to store them!
3) Price: for a truly giant chess set I'd need to shell out $300+.
My solution was a simple laser cuttable giant chess set made from a light and strong plastic material called Coroplast, it's the stuff used for political and housing signs. The pieces would be comprised of two parts each that when slotted together would stand up and give a good representation of a chess piece, while being quick to disassemble and easy to store.
Anyone with access to a laser cutter with a bed size of 24" x 36" can use the included files to make their own copy of this giant chess set.