Make a Chess Set Out of Corks

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!

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18 Discussions

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F.A.Emon
F.A.Emon

6 years ago on Introduction

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

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angelgabriel
angelgabriel

6 years ago

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

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electridanger

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

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007dna
007dna

10 years ago on Introduction

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!

lol...

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dobbylvr
dobbylvr

11 years ago on Introduction

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

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agis68
agis68

11 years ago on Introduction

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

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bgugi
bgugi

12 years ago on Introduction

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

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MarsJosefina
MarsJosefina

Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

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.

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pingeee
pingeee

12 years ago on Introduction

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

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sgt.paper
sgt.paper

Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

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

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MarsJosefina
MarsJosefina

Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

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

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

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GorillazMiko
GorillazMiko

12 years ago on Introduction

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