Modern Laser Cut Chess Set



Intro: Modern Laser Cut Chess Set

In this Instructable I'll walk you through how to build this gorgeous chess and checkers set.

You will need:

- Access to a laser cutter

- 3mm MDF

- 3mm acrylic in the colour of your choice

- PVA glue

- 2 part epoxy resin

- 400 grain sandpaper

- Clamps

If you don't feel like making one yourself, hit me up on to commission a set.

Step 1: Cut Out Pieces Using Laser Cutter

Using a laser cutter, cut out the Chess board and drawer in MDF, and the pieces in both MDF and acrylic.

Step 2: Prepare Pieces

It's likely that some of the pieces will appear burnt from being cut out by the laser cutter. On the MDF, use a 400 grain sandpaper to softly eradicate the burnt sides. On the acrylic, gently rub off the burnt part with a soft wet cloth.

Step 3: Assembling the Pieces

This step is very demanding and takes a long time. I would recommend doing this part in batches to accommodate for the fast drying time of the 2-part epoxy resin. Mix equal parts of the resin on a disposable surface. As it dries quickly only use about a five pence size blob of each part. Mix well. When applying the resin, only use a very small amount and steer clear of putting it close to the edge. This is to avoid the glue seeping out once the pieces are pressed together. The resin is very stubborn and is unlikely to come off anywhere it is put accidentally.

When assembling the chess pieces, locate the two central halves first and glue those together. Again, I recommend doing this in batches to allow the pieces time to dry. Next, take the edge piece and the veneer and stick them on simultaneously. Once left to dry, repeat on the other side.

Repeat the process for the checkers, gluing the base, the edge piece and the veneer at the same time using 2-part epoxy resin.

Step 4: Assembling the Chess Board and Drawer

Phew! Now the pieces are assembled, take the prepared box and drawer pieces and lay them out how they need to be glued. Next, take the PVA glue and carefully run it along the edges of the box. Once assembled, carefully wipe off any excess glue with a wet paper towel.

Clamp the drawer and box for 12-24 hours to ensure they are stuck.

Step 5: All Finished!

Now you're complete, challenge your friends and family with your fancy new set.


Remember, if you don't fancy making it yourself, feel free to get in touch on to commission a set.



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    4 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Love the idea of the draw below the board.


    2 years ago

    This looks really nice!

    Do you have the files in an other format than .dwg? Illustrator won't open it.


    2 years ago

    Great design!

    You might find that acrylic solvent like Weld On, is much easier for gluing acrylic pieces together. A very small amount is drawn into the gap by capillary action and makes a great bond that can set very quickly.

    My Illustrator app says the .dwg files are corrupt. They may not be, but do you have the files to share in any other format?


    2 years ago

    Although your piece assembly took a lot of time, it definitely paid off. Great job!