Do you like board games? How about wooden puzzles? Yeah? Then I have the perfect instructable for you!
This goal of this project was to design a chess board which is composed of several interlocking wooden pieces. In this case, a picture is worth a thousand words, so please check out the pics to see exactly what I mean. Then we can get started!
Step 1: Materials and Equipment
Wood* - 16' of 1.5"x3/4" strips
6' of 2.5x3/4" strips
Tools - Miter saw (optional)
Table saw (mandatory)
1/8" kerf table saw blade with lots of teeth (better for making lots of fine cuts)
3/4" dado blade for table saw (optional, but definitely recommended!)
T-square or some type of ruler (digital calipers are nice to have, but optional)
(8) 2" screws
Dark stain (I like MinWax's Gunstock, but it's up to you!)
Varnish (I wouldn't recommend varnish, but it does make things shiny....)
Chess pieces! Buy them online or make them with a scroll saw
*Note: Be careful about selecting wood that is straight. Warped wood will cause problems later on. It's also tempting to use exotic hardwoods for their contrasting colors, but I highly recommend trying this project with cheap pine first before you spend $$$ on nice wood.
Step 2: Blueprints
All of the pieces for the board have been drafted using Google Sketchup 8.0. I like the program a lot, since it's intuitive and available online for free!
If you have any questions, please let me know. I have individual sketchup files for each of the pieces and a powerpoint with the blueprints if the resolution on the pictures is not good enough. I can't figure out how to upload those files, so just let me know if you need them.
In general, you're just making a bunch of 1.5" squares connected by 3/4x3/8" strips. Also note the part designations (A, B, C, etc.), because we'll be using those later for assembly.