How to Make a Simple But Sophisticated Chess Set

A chess set is a great DIY project for any crafter, and it doesn’t have to be cut from brass or made from light bulbs to look impressive. This wooden chess set by Redditor benjaab123 takes a minimalist approach to designing and manufacturing all the pieces and the board.

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The entire set was built using only a circular saw, drill press, and a spray gun (as well as sandpaper, wood glue, and a few other odds and ends). After drilling holes in the bottom of the rectangular pieces, fishing weights were added to give them a solid feel during play. The hole is filled with a waxy adhesive to hold the weight in place and then covered with D-C-Fix, an adhesive film.

The tops of the pieces were then cut into various simple designs to represent different types—unadorned blocks for pawns, a slope for bishops, and dramatic spikes for the king. Perhaps the most interesting design choice was to make the rows of the board itself tiered to give the game a 3D look.

How to Make a Simple But Sophisticated Chess Set

If you want to make a sophisticated chess set for your living room, but don’t have a lathe or other specialized tools, then copying something that benjaab123 came up with might be the best way to go.

How much should you spend on a chess set?

Chess sets range in price from $10 to several thousand dollars. To find a nice entry-level chess set, you should have a budget of about $80 to $200. Of course, you can get some sets for less than that, and you can also easily get sets that are much higher than that.

What makes a chess set expensive?

Each piece that makes the chess set up is relatively larger in size than that of the pieces that are used in the other board games. With the sheer massive size comes the need to use more materials and expend more effort to make them up. This of course leads to the higher prices of the chess sets overall.

What is the most used chess piece?

The king is the most important piece in chess, and chess strategy often revolves around finding ways to protect your king while threatening your opponent’s. The king can move in any direction, albeit only one square at a time.


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