Chess for Kids




Introduction: Chess for Kids

About: If you like simple solutions then here you can find some of my crazy ideas.

To get an overview please watch the video. If you use a mobile device, please use this link .

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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    6 Discussions


    3 years ago

    I love the piece design, its simple and elegant! I might steal the shapes for a project I am planning! If I do I will post a link to this 'ible!


    3 years ago

    Believe me not only kids will love this chess. I have several chess games and this one is a must have!


    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you, for your comment!


    3 years ago

    This is a fantastic idea!!

    My kids have been getting into chess (thanks to their grandpa who's an avid player), and would love a set like this.

    I quite love the idea, and the execution is excellent. Well done sir! :)


    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you very much, I am glad you like it!


    3 years ago

    Looks more like the board game Cathedral. Ever played it?