The Wikipedia entry for Xiangqi  has lots of good information about the game. It's sort of like Western Chess, but different.

I spent some time in Vietnam earlier this year, saw a lot of this, and decided I had to learn how to play.

Since returning I've been wanting to teach some friends the game, so when I became a member at TechShop in Pittsburgh I decided a Xiangqi set would be my first project.

This is my second Instructable - my first, a 3D printed 2-color game piece, was my first crack at making a Xiangqi set.

One last note - I decided to use the Chinese characters for my pieces, because I think learning to recognize them is a fun part of learning the game. However, if that's not your style, you could always use icons that show what each piece is, like the ones on the Wikipedia page.

The board and piece PDF files for this project are attached below.

Step 1: Materials and Equipment

I  experimented with a few different materials for the different components of this project (see Step #5), but in the end I used...


- game pieces: 1/8th inch thick plywood (from the scrap bin at TechShop)

- game board: an old bulletin board i picked up from goodwill for a dollar - about 3/8th of an inch thick, not a real cork board and I'm not exactly sure how to describe the material... look at the pictures in Step #5 or tear apart a cheap bulletin board and have a look for yourself 
*in hindsight, I shouldn't have cut this bulletin board because I wasn't sure exactly what it was made of. Do not use the laser cutter on material unless you know exactly what it is - the fumes produced can damage the machine and, more importantly, you. If I started this project over, I'd go buy some authentic cork from a home improvement store.

- painters tape, to reduce charring on the game board  surface during etching and cutting (pretty sure it helped).


- Trotec Speedy 300 Laser Cutter/Engraver
- Software: Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, Trotec Job Control
<p>Really cool all the work that went into making this set. It's a great game, and I think it's a bit more fun than chess because of that river thing in the middle of the board, and that the Canons can &quot;jump&quot; across! Thanks for the great documentation of your trials and tribulations. Pictures are worth a thousand words.</p>
<p>Cool! Thanks for sharing!</p>
not sure about the measurement of my board, but i'd guess the pieces are about a half inch in diameter and the squares on the board are a bit larger. you can make it any size you'd like.
can u upload the pic files for the pieces <br>
The files for the pieces and board can now be found on the intro page.