Fast, Easy, and Inexpensive Go Board (with a Quick History)




Go (also spelled "Goe") is a popular Japanese board game. Although its origins are in China, this entertaining game is played all around the world. There is even a Manga based off of the game called Hikaru No Go.

In this Instructable, I will be showing you how to make your own Go board.

For basic instructions on how to play Go, click here.

If you like this instructable, go to my youtube

Step 1: Creating the Table

Today we are going to use Microsoft Word to make the board. There is a mac version for Word, but I don't know how to do it on a mac. Sorry... =(

1) Open up Word.

2)On the table menu, roll your mouse over "Insert", and click on "Table" (mac users should just insert a table in any way they can)

3) On the pop-up window, set the columns and rows to 18. We set it to 18 because Word tables go by boxes, but Go uses the intersections between boxes to play pieces (19x19 is the most common size of go board. There are also 13x13 and 9x9 for beginners.) Set the AutoFit behavior to "AutoFit to window" Click OK.

Don't worry if the table seems small, it will stretch out to more than just one page in the next step

You can resize the table bigger if you want. You can also use the "Draw Table" functions to make the lines thicker or thinner. See the 2nd and 4th images

Step 2: *IMPORTANT STEP* Prining

1) On the File menu, click "Print".

2) Click on Properties

3) On the "Finishing" tab there will be a drop-down box labeled "Poster Printing", click 2x2 (if your board is as big as most of the page) or 3x3 (if your board is on the small side).

4) Click "OK" and start printing.

Step 3: Finishing Up

Once it's finished printing, tape it together in the right way and your done!

I glued mine to cardboard and used a clear packaging tape to avoid ripping. I accidentally spilled water on it, but it was mostly fine thanks to the tape! =)

To play, you need game pieces of course.
You can use anything! I used small black pebbles for "black" and some dried beans for "white".

On a 19x19 board, you need 181 blacks and 180 whites.
On a 13x13 board, you need 85 blacks and 84 whites
On a 9x9 board, you need 41 blacks and 40 whites.

Good luck and Go have some fun! (lol pun)



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    14 Discussions

    straw hat pirate

    10 years ago on Step 3

    not wat i was hoping for but thanx for that link on how to play go. i needed to relearn the basics to beat my japanese friend

    1 reply

    11 years ago on Step 1

    It works the same way on a Mac. However! In go one plays on the points of the grid, not inside the spaces. So you'll want to make your table 18 x 18. That will give you a standard 19 x 19 go board.

    2 replies

    11 years ago on Introduction

    very nice. ill probly end up making this sooner or later. im working on a japanese chess set now called Shogi. perhaps youve heard of it? oh! you could make homemade ramen and eat it while you play Shogi or Goe! wouldnt that be great? theres an instructable on ramen on here


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Or you could make you game pieces <a rel="nofollow" href="">like as paper stars</a><br/>

    3 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I actually have a book about how to make those. i considered it, but it is custom to here a stone "clack" on the go board when you play it. it is also custom to hold it between your index and middle finger with the middle finger on top, and that would crush them. I don't think anyone would want to make 361 of them... Thanks for the suggestion.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Well, its not the sound thats the custom, its how you hold the piece itself. If you are not using go stones, which are specifically rounded to hold them correctly and if you are just using whatever, then the sound makes no difference.