Hardware Chess Set


Step 8: Putting it all together

I just used a wooden board that I had lying around to pair with this set. At the beginning I was hoping to have the board be made of hardware as well, but I didn't have  any inspiration about how that would work. I thought about expanded sheet, but I don't really see how that would work well.

Since the bases of all the pieces are steel, you could make a board that had a magnet under each square and have it be a magnetic set if you wanted to.  64 magnets is a lot, though!

Have fun!

If you need help in setting up the board and learning the moves, consider this instructable:

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cybergeek1 year ago
From one hardware-chess-set-making-guy to another, nice job man! Did you do anything to the undersides of the pieces to keep them from scratching up the board, or was that not an issue with the wood board you're using?
MomentumV (author)  cybergeek1 year ago
it was really not an issue with the wood board; and the painted squares were already a bit scuffed, so I wouldn't know if they did scratch it.

Thanks for the compliment!
Ahh, see, mine has a plexiglass surface, so scratches would have been *brutal*.

This was a fantastic instructable and will make the perfect gift for my fiance. Do you have an approximate price range for all the pieces? What dimensions did you use for the chess board? I was thinking of trying a couple rectangular pieces of sheet metal and some hinges to hold it together. It would certainly look industrial, but I'm not sure if the hinges would interfere with game play. Thanks for this awesome project :]
MomentumV (author)  LaGeekTresChic2 years ago
The price for all the pieces will vary wildly depending upon where you get the pieces from, and what quantities they are available in. I'm pretty sure I spent around 30$, but that was a few years ago.

The board I used was just one I had around, and I think the squares were about 1.5 inches on each side. however, I think 1 inch sides would work well for these pieces; the board I had was a little big I think.

The biggest problems for the hinges would be:
1) how are you attaching them to the sheet metal?
2) how will you keep the board flat when it is open, instead of having a "peak" in the middle due to the hinge attachment pieces?

In general, the hinge itself in the middle of the board shouldn't be a problem, there are tons of folding chess board/boxes that all have hinges that are visible on the board.
MomentumV (author)  MomentumV1 year ago
I know this is an old comment, but I was looking around and realized there was something I had not recommended that I should have: instead of hardware hinges, a tape hinge, even with aluminum foil tape, would probably work well for the two sheet metal halves.