Introduction: Multi-level Chess Board
Have been meaning to make a chess board for a while and I had a couple of 44mmx44mm lengths of wood left over from another project I saw an opportunity.
2 x 2.4m 44mmx44mm pine battens
Dark wood dye
Sander with various grades of sandpaper
Step 1: Design (or Lack Of)
I worked out that the two 2.4m lengths of wood I had were exactly right for make a board where the adjacent squares differed by 10mm and where the lowest/shortest square was 40mm high and the longest was 100mm.
What I couldn't decide was what layout I wanted for the board. The image above shows the four possible layouts and I realised they all required the same number of the various lengths so I put off the design decision until later and cracked on with cutting the lengths.
The image above shows these as well, and they are;
4 x 40mm
8 x 50mm
12 x 60mm
16 x 70mm
12 x 80mm
8 x 90mm
4 x 100mm
Step 2: Cutting
Using a cross cut sled on my table saw I was able to quickly and easily cut the required lengths as per design.
Once these were cut I bundled up the similar lengths and sanded the cut edges (tops) until they were completely smooth.
I then set about deciding the layout, arranging the squares in the different positions as shown in the photos above.
I still couldn't decide so set about staining the darker squares ...
Step 3: Staining
Re-bundling just half of each length I was able to stain them with a dark oak stain, which would give me the 32 black squares. Any run down the sides of the pieces was quickly wiped off and sanded as necessary.
Step 4: Gluing Up
It was as I was thinking about gluing up that I realised I didn't have to decide on a design. All four layouts used the same four quarters, just in a different rotation.
So dilemia solved I glued up each of the four quarters. Any gaps in between the pieces was filled with a little wood glue and saw dust as shown above.
Step 5: The Result...
Once dried and any glue removed with light sanding I have a chess board that is never the same. The photos above show the different orientations maintaining symmetry with the last showing a random combination that still works for the game. Just rotate the four quarters and create your won unique board!
Step 6: Chess Pieces
With a bit more time left than I anticipated and with a few more 34mm x 34mm batons I made a set of chess pieces to test the board.
I found the design online and loved the way they tessellate together.
I hope you enjoyed this instructable and let me know if you make one!
3 years ago
This is a work of art by itself! Awesome job!
3 years ago
This is a fun chess board and I love how all the pieces fit together :)
Reply 3 years ago
You should consider entering the Woodworking Contest :)