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.