Fablab Chess




About: Maker in the heart, an industrial designer by profession, an eksperementator by nature

I am in love with chess, so I decided to make a board by myself. It is rather small. One will prefer to play on a bigger board if play at home, but it is cool to take it, if you want to play outside.

You will need 3mm plywood and 8 magnets with 6mm diameter

I made it on 100W Laser machine

Step 1: Step 0: 3D

I made a 3D first, to see how it will look like

Step 2: Step 1: Engrave Ornament

Engrave ornament and color on the figures

I set raster: S50, P30

Step 3: Step 2: Cut Figures

I set: vector: S6, P80

Step 4: Step 3: Engrave the Board

I set: raster: S50, P30

Step 5: Step 4: Cut the Board

I set: vector S6, P80

Step 6: Step 5: Engrave Niches

Overturn the board and engrave niches for the figures on the other side of it. We need to get 1,5 mm depth

I set: raster. S50, P60 twice

Step 7: Step 6: Niches for the Magnets

Engrave niches for the magnets on the same side. We need to get 1 mm depth

I set: raster. S50, P30

Step 8: Here You Are

I made it not from the first try.

Thank you, Fablab77 in Russia for the laser and advices!

Step 9: Corel Draw File

Welcome to use this file as the layout.

You will probably need to change settings for your laser machine.

Good luck!



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    This is exactly what we need... I feel like we have about a dozen chess boards with missing pieces.

    With the swirls it almost looks like a drift wood chess set, which I think it awsome! Thanks for sharing!