Introduction: Chess for Kids
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With this game you can play chess, if you can, but you can also play with blocks, to build a castle or something like this.
It is made of scrap wood and the only tool you need is a table saw.
Step 1: The Pieces
All pieces are 24 mm x 24 mm x (height)
King (78 mm ), Queen (78 mm ), Rook (54 mm ), Bishop (54 mm ), Knight (54 mm ), Pawn (24 mm ) ,
The white and black squares are 54 mm x 54 mm x 24 mm
Step 2: The King
All cuts were made with a crosscut sled on a table saw
First cut 4 pieces in length (King and Queen are equal)
then cut a little cross in the top
and a little slot around the "head" . Make this for the Queens too.
Step 3: The Queen
The Queen has the same size as the king and the same slot on her neck.
She has a little pyramid on the top.
To cut these, I put a little board on my crosscut sled and fixed it with staples.
Step 4: The Rook
The cross on the top of the rook is wider than from the King
It needs 6 cuts to make it.
Step 5: The Bishop
For the bishop, I used two little boards to support the work piece and to make the cut in a safe way.
Step 6: The Knight
If you want to play more with the blocks to build something then it is the best only to make one cut in a block under 45°. If you prefer to play chess then you can make it thinner in the upper part.
Step 7: The Pawn
The pawn is very simple. It is only a cube.
Step 8: The Squares
Normally you cut a board in stripes and then the stripes in squares.
I used many small pieces of scrap wood and cut each piece separately.
Step 9: Sanding
Yes, it is a lot of sanding, more than 1000 edges.
Step 10: Stain and Oil
I used water stain for the black pieces
and linseed oil for finish
Step 11: The Result
Now play what ever you want.
Your kids will love it, maybe a whole life long.
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