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Tri-dimensional Chess

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In Star Trek you see this cool chess set with 3 levels (plus 4 attack boards--more about those later). Here is how you can make one.
 
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Step 1: Step 1: making the frame

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For the frame, you'll need an old badminton racket and tennis racket (from the thrift store). Cut each racket with a hack saw and bend it to the curve desired. Its that easy!

Step 2: Base, boards and supports

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The same thrift store that gave us the rackets gave us this jello mold for the base. Hot glue rocks to the inside to give weight. the little boards or attack boards have supports wich are made out of clear plastic pens youll need atleast four (you should probrally get more just  incase of a problem). 

Step 3: Making the boards

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now cut of a card board chess board a four by four square section That is a main board. Then you measure the main board and cut out 3 squares of plexiglass the size of the main board. now cut out of a cardboad chess board a two by two square section that is the size of a attack board. measure that attack board and cut out four of the same size plexiglass squares.

Step 4: Making the chessboard pattern

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Using the cardboad grid as a guide, mask the dark squares and then apply spraypaint. The attack boards are supposed to be movable, so I glued magnets in the board underside and to the bottom of the pen tubes.

Step 5: The final frontier

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Now attach the boards to the frame. I used a combination of hotglue and bolts. You are done. For more copies just feed these instructions into your replicator.
JustANinja1 year ago
My tennis raquet snapped in half after I tried to bend it. Any tips?
Isaac Eglash (author)  JustANinja1 year ago
Try using a metal racket with no plastic
Thrasym2 years ago
Just an FYI:

The attack boards should be attached to the corners, so only 1 square overlaps, and the middle level should be overlapped by 2 rows with the level below and above.

Otherwise, cool 'ible. I got the Franklin Mint set many years ago. I wish I knew more people who would play it. It's great fun putting the twist on chess.
Isaac Eglash (author) 2 years ago
i love that big bang theroy episode
"It must be painful to suck on so many levels" :P
canida2 years ago
Sweet! Bonus geek points. :)
stepdad2 years ago
I'm not sure if I'd love to play or hate to play, but it's obviously a great game. And your instructions of how to build one are very helpful -- I have old rackets I need to get rid of!
Nerko-erko2 years ago
just like in the big bang theory!
That's exactly what I thought! In fact, I just watched that episode on DVD today!
tinker2342 years ago
you know those glass chess pices with this would be really cool
Isaac Eglash (author)  tinker2342 years ago
I'm gonna try that
RSV262 years ago
how do you play?
omnibot RSV262 years ago
Like this.
Isaac Eglash (author)  omnibot2 years ago
You play like normal chess but the attack boards are moved only when the attack board has a pawn or nothing on it and to go up or down counts as a space