In this Instructable I'll walk you through how to build this gorgeous chess and checkers set.
You will need:
- Access to a laser cutter
- 3mm MDF
- 3mm acrylic in the colour of your choice
- PVA glue
- 2 part epoxy resin
- 400 grain sandpaper
If you don't feel like making one yourself, hit me up on www.rebeccahowson.com to commission a set.
Step 1: Cut Out Pieces Using Laser Cutter
Using a laser cutter, cut out the Chess board and drawer in MDF, and the pieces in both MDF and acrylic.
Step 2: Prepare Pieces
It's likely that some of the pieces will appear burnt from being cut out by the laser cutter. On the MDF, use a 400 grain sandpaper to softly eradicate the burnt sides. On the acrylic, gently rub off the burnt part with a soft wet cloth.
Step 3: Assembling the Pieces
This step is very demanding and takes a long time. I would recommend doing this part in batches to accommodate for the fast drying time of the 2-part epoxy resin. Mix equal parts of the resin on a disposable surface. As it dries quickly only use about a five pence size blob of each part. Mix well. When applying the resin, only use a very small amount and steer clear of putting it close to the edge. This is to avoid the glue seeping out once the pieces are pressed together. The resin is very stubborn and is unlikely to come off anywhere it is put accidentally.
When assembling the chess pieces, locate the two central halves first and glue those together. Again, I recommend doing this in batches to allow the pieces time to dry. Next, take the edge piece and the veneer and stick them on simultaneously. Once left to dry, repeat on the other side.
Repeat the process for the checkers, gluing the base, the edge piece and the veneer at the same time using 2-part epoxy resin.
Step 4: Assembling the Chess Board and Drawer
Phew! Now the pieces are assembled, take the prepared box and drawer pieces and lay them out how they need to be glued. Next, take the PVA glue and carefully run it along the edges of the box. Once assembled, carefully wipe off any excess glue with a wet paper towel.
Clamp the drawer and box for 12-24 hours to ensure they are stuck.