Introduction: Make a Chess Set Out of Corks

This is how to make a complete chess set out of 54 corks, some wood glue, and a few minutes of your time.

This is my first instructable, so, please, tell me if I'm doing something wrong.

Step 1: Materials

You're gonna need:

-52 medium sized corks(About an inch in diameter)

-2 small corks(And yes, you'll probably have to buy a bag of 20, so you'll have 18 corks you'll never have a use for.)

-Some wood glue

-A knife for some minor trimming

Step 2: The Pawn

The pawn is just... a cork. That's all it is.

Step 3: The Bishop

Ok, this one's got a little more to it. First, make a little slice with a knife down the front of one cork. See the pictures for details. Then, wood glue that bishop head on top of another cork. Ta-da! It's a cork bishop!

Step 4: The Knight

Alright, so, the knight is the other piece you need a little knife-work for. You just slice a little off one side, so it's flat. That way, you can glue it on, and it will resemble the head of the horse.

Step 5: The Rook

This one's real easy. You just take a cork, and put an upside down cork on top. You're done!

Step 6: The Queen

Start out with a pre-made rook, and then put an inverted cork "crown" on top. Also fairly simple.

Step 7: The King

Ah, the final piece. Start out by stacking two right-side-up corks, and then one upside down. Then, you take a smaller cork, and stick that, inverted, right on top. And that's the end of the set.

Step 8: And That's It

Alright, that's how to make each piece. You might want to spray paint the other half of the set, so you actually have a complete set. Other ideas, maybe weigh down the bottom of the pieces with washers, or something, so they aren't always falling down.

Thanks for reading!


F.A.Emon (author)2014-10-25

Thanks MarsJosefina for the brilliant idea ! I just twist a little in the King.

angelgabriel (author)2014-06-29

Not trying to troll, but it's surprising how many chessboards are not set up properly. Please google and show us the right way.

mtun1 (author)2014-06-14

This is fantastic! The concept is simple. I would suggest this method in my site "Chess in Israel"

mtun1 (author)2014-06-14

This is fantastic! The concept is simple. I would suggest this method in my site "Chess in Israel"

electridanger (author)2011-07-08

good job, but if you ever have the time you should add more deatail to the pieces.

the_burrito_master (author)2011-04-11

How do you tell the 2 teams apart?

007dna (author)2010-11-29

Hahahaha....this is so random. :)

Just think:
You wake up. What am I going to do today?
I'm going to build an entire chess set, just out of CORKS!


dobbylvr (author)2009-04-11

Amazing! We've been saving up old corks for a while, and this looks like a good way to recycle them! Awesome job!!!

agis68 (author)2009-03-02

Between the complicated led chess I reviewed just before and this one i amaze the miracle of absolute simplicity Excellent idea....

bgugi (author)2007-12-24

you could use corks for white, and rubber stoppers for black...

MarsJosefina (author)bgugi2007-12-30

I actually had thought of that, but I bought my corks at a craft store instead of a brewery supply place, so they didn't carry those. But, if you have them, that sounds like an excellent idea.

pingeee (author)2007-12-10

Very creative. But is cork a bit too light for chess application?

sgt.paper (author)pingeee2007-12-24

i drilled a hole in the bottom of mine and filed if full of lead bbs and coverd the hole with wax

MarsJosefina (author)sgt.paper2007-12-30

That's a really clever idea! I might have to try that on mine...

awoodcarver (author)2007-12-09

Very nice creative use of corks !Good Deal!

Brennn10 (author)2007-12-09

This is really creative, nice job!

Weissensteinburg (author)2007-12-09

This makes me want to try whittling corks.. I would have never thought of this, but it's a good way to make replacements for lost chess pieces

GorillazMiko (author)2007-12-09

wow, very nice! awesome instructable, no problems for me. looks amazing, great time on your first instructable!

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