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Lego Pocket-Sized Chess Set

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This Lego chess set is so small it fits in the palm of my hand! It's a great travel game because the pieces won't fall off and there's even a storage drawer for when you're done playing. This lego chess set is made out of pieces that should be easy to find and doesn't take a long time to make. 




I designed the set using Lego Digital Designer. I had to change a few things since I didn't have the parts but the majority is the same. 

 
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Step 1: The Base/Gameboard

Follow the pictures to build the base/gameboard. 

Step 2: The Drawer

Follow the pictures to build the storage drawer. 

Step 3: The Pieces

The rounded piece is an antenna with the black antenna part pulled off. You can experiment with how you want the pieces to make them easiest for you to identify. I didn't have enough pieces in one color so mine would be difficult to play with but you get the general idea. 

Step 4: Put It Together

Picture of Put It Together
Combine all the parts and you have yourself a pocket-sized LEGO chess set. Enjoy! 

Beastcop4 months ago
In a couple of days at the most i will scan the order list and show it to you guys
Beastcop4 months ago
Ive made it now. It looks awesome in real life.
Beastcop4 months ago
Cool.

Im going to make it in about 5 days...

I ordered all the pieces.


Yay!!
zomdee7 months ago
Really awesome
dozer78910 months ago
This is really cool!! Nice job!!
hotmetalmel2 years ago
ALL of your LEGO creations are amazing. My 1st grader is in (beginner) chess club at his school and I think this is great! Has anyone asked you to help design something for them?
sherrycayheyhey (author)  hotmetalmel2 years ago
Why thank you very much! That's cool that they have chess club for such young ages, I'll be honest and say I don't even really know how to play chess but I think having one or two sets around makes people look smarter :) And no, nobody has asked me to help design something for them, but I would definitely be open to the idea, do you have something in mind?
I was working on an idea using 6 to 8 of the 2x4 style magnet bricks (the ones the minifigs come on) to make a refridgerator organizer (we have a big family). I wanted to make it where you can swap out spiral type notebooks for messages. I say spiral type because usually they are pretty uniform in size thus making changing out an exhausted binder for a fresh one. Spring is coming and I'm gonna have even less time to work on it. You have a knack with LEGO bricks and would love to see what you could come up with. I wish I could turn you loose in our LEGO room.... I have sets from when I was a boy. Thanks so much for your great creations... keep it up.
Hey this is awesome, most people(including me) would think of making it as big and bold as possible, but you think of making it smart and travel safe!
sherrycayheyhey (author)  hotmetalmel2 years ago
Sorry for taking so long to get back to you, I've been super busy with classes. I wish you could turn me lost in your Lego room too lol, the fact that you even have a Lego room is awesome! I have a Lego room that's actually a closet that I put in a stool in and called a room so it's not the best but it works for now.

So I'm not really sure what kind of organizer you're talking about but I love the challenge so let me ask you some questions. Are you talking about the smaller spiral notebooks with the spiral on the top or the standard 8x11ish ones with the spiral on the left? Do you want to be able to read and write on them while they are on the fridge? Will the notebooks be leaving the fridge often to be put in backpacks or something?

The simplest thing I came up with (which might not be what you're trying to do) is to make a holder out of the 2x4. So with those magnets the studs face you are you look at it in the fridge. I would probably extend it out longer on the left and right to be the size of the notebook and then build it up so it would actually hold it in place. It's probably hard to picture what I'm talking about but when I hear back from you with more details I can cobble something together :)
Good Idea!
feon1 year ago
Looks awesome. Sorry, dumb question.....is there a parts list?
jjone5382 years ago
Great Lego Creations!
dimtick2 years ago
really cool.
my only comment is that you made both sides with the same color lego's so you can't tell one side versus the other. easily resolved by changing the colors.


I like that you added pieces to keep the drawer from accidently coming open.
nice job.
sherrycayheyhey (author)  dimtick2 years ago
Thank you much. Yeah I didn't have enough bricks to make the two sides completely different colors. When I actually play with it I do something like warm colors (orange, red, pink) versus cool colors (blue, green) but it has a messy look so for the pictures I did what I could with my collection of greens and grays to keep the board and base theme.
NinjaBoy122 years ago
Really like this but came up with a way u can make it better. U could make the pieces different colors.
sherrycayheyhey (author)  NinjaBoy122 years ago
Of course! I didn't have enough of any of the pieces in a single color so I had to make do. If you open the LDD file you'll see that both sets of pieces are monochromatic.
That is very awesome! You make so many things that look so fun! When will you start designing your own legos?!?
Thank you for the nice words. Designing Lego? Like putting designs on them and stuff?
Like instead of the traditional 2x4 or 2x2, making some new weird shape or whatnot. There has to be room for growth there :)
Ah! Well user depotdevoid did a pretty good job of that with http://www.instructables.com/id/Custom-LEGO-Compatible-Bricks/

In the Lego community there are two extremes, custom builds that can involve "illegal" building, altering parts, decals, and parts not made by LEGO and then there's purist builds that only use LEGO produced items, even string and rubber bands. Though I often like the end result of custom builds, I tend lean a lot more to the purist end of the spectrum (I even feel like I sinned for removing the antenna part on the pawns haha) so making my own LEGO pieces probably won't happen :( I will however try to make awesomer and awesomer creations. 
Sporkette2 years ago
This would be great to have in a long car ride! I should see if my brother has the legos to do it.
WYE_Lance2 years ago
Great design! It looks very appealing, and the pieces are simple yet easy to distinguish from one another.
Good job! I'll have to try this when I have the time.
mikeasaurus2 years ago
I love this!
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