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When I was brainstorming with amandaghassaei on things that could be laser cut or 3D printed, I thought it would be fun to do checkers.  I mean, they are just circles, so how hard can it be?  Then I remembered checkers are double sided.  I thought I would have to give up on this idea until I found out how accurate the laser cutters are.  And so my adventures with checkers began :)

After making these I realized I didn't have a checker board!  So I made on.  Check it out here!

I made this at Techshop in SF!
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Step 1: Design and Prepare for Cutting

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It is time to design your checkers.  
  • Decide on your size (I found most checkers are 1 1/4 inch in diameter so that is what I went with)
  • Decide on two designs (front and back) that can be alternated (one will be mostly bold engraving while the other will be just engraved lines to differentiate).
  • If you want all the checkers the same make sure you have different stains for each team.
  • Once you have your design, make one document with all of the regular side of the checkers.  Line them up as shown in Photo 2.
  • Make a new document and line up your kings as shown in Photo 3.
  • Now you are ready to laser cut your checkers!
tidje1 year ago
I wish I had a laser cutter right now. These are gorgeous!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  tidje1 year ago
Thanks! Yeah, actually owning my own laser cutter is my goal!
canucksgirl2 years ago
Those are fantastic! I love them. Where do I place my order.....
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
But it is so easy to make them yourself ;)
lol... not when the closest TechShop is a 2 day drive from me... ;-(
i hear you!
the nearest TechShop is on the other side of the world from me.. ;-(

They do have laser cutters here, but usually in advertising companies that makes stickers, neon boxes, and billboards... and they charge per item, i've done some stuff with them for leather tags..
I'd "guesstimate" they'll charge about 1$ for each checker here.. :(

Oh TechShop... I wish you were here..
I'd volunteer to run the place if you want to open a branch here!!!
I'd have lots of fun and make so many instructables..
*ahem*... Where's the Instructable for laser cut leather tags? :P

If they open a TechShop here, I figure I'll get a night job as a "security guard" (hey, someone has to "watch" the equipment). :-)
i couldn't make the instructable because i didn't do it.. i only gave the logo from a client and pieces of leather to this company and they did the rest..
no fun at all, i tell you!! :)

oh.. security guard is a better idea.. i might go with that one too.. :)
Is there an instructable for "How to get a security guard job at TechStore" ?
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Well, something can probably be worked out :)
schildpad2 years ago
Which kind of tape did you use?
Something like paper tape?

thankx in advance,
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  schildpad2 years ago
I was told it was like blue painters tape, but in a larger form, it came on a huge roll :)
Seriously these turned out 100% more awesome than I thought checkers could be. :D
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thank you! I usually find checkers boring, but now I just want to play all of the time!