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Free Chess and Checker Board with Player Pieces Plan - How To Build A Wooden Chess and Checker Board with Player Pieces

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You Can Build Chess and Checker Game Board with Player Pieces with this Free Plan

One of the 4H children wanted to build himself a Chess Game as his 4H project. Rod needed a pattern to help him get started on his project. This pattern is the result of the first attempt. It has brought lots of comments and game players of all ages.

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Materials

2" x 24" Poplar and Aromatic Red Cedar (or wood of your choice)

Four 2" x 20" x 1" wood of choice for sides of top

3" x 20" x 3/4" Wood for storage drawer (wood of choice)

One 16" square piece of red oak plywood (1/4")

One 1 1/2" x 1/2" x 14 1/2" black ash for long partition

One 1 1/2" x 1/2" x 7" black ash for short partition

Four 3/4" x 1/2" black ash strips for underside of chess board

1 1/2" square black ash for player pieces

1 1/2" square walnut for player pieces

Stain as desired for one half game pieces

Satin Finish Polyurethane (Poly)

1 1/4" Kreg Screws: 1/8 lb.

1" Wood Screws: 1/8 lb.

Color Adhesive

1/2' Magnets

Color Flocking

Wood Filler

Wood Glue

Sandpaper (Grit: 180 and 320 grit)


Tools Required

Table Saw

Orbital (Palm) Sander

Band Saw

Belt Sander

Screw Gun

Kreg Pocket Hole System

Pipe Clamps

Jig Saw

Sliding Ruler

Paint Brush

Mineral Spirits for clean up

Step One: Cut The Pieces for the Player Board - Select the 2" x 24" Boards

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Alternate your choice of wood boards (poplar and cedar shown above) using 2" strips glue together

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Clamp chess boards square and tight using pipe clamps

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Using the table saw cross cut the 2" strips of wood that have dried overnight

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Using table saw cross cut 2" strips of the wood that was glued previously (close up shown above)

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Sand the 2" strips on a belt sander as shown above, taking care to make all edges the same size

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After cross cutting and sanding the 2" strips offset each row to make chess board design

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Using the power belt sander sand at edges of board top.

Make sure that edges are square, and setup to glue strips together.

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Check all pieces before gluing, verifing that strips are in correct arrangement

Step Two: Assemble the Chess Board - Select the Arranged Boards

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Spread the glue across the strips

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Chess board is now ready to clamp square and tight using pipe clamps

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Remove the clamps after glue has dryed

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Sanding glued chess board top using orbital sander with 180 grit sand paper

Step Three: Cut out and add sides for chess board top - Select wood of choice

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Shown above we used cherry wood for sides of chess board

Cut your wood of choice using 1 5/8" x 20" x 1" wood piece; you need 4 pieces

Use a Sliding Compound Miter Saw, carefully cut each piece to fit sides of chess board top

Each end has a 45 degree angle as shown above

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Attach sides by gluing and clamping as shown above

After glue has dried, use the Kreg Pocket Hole System to drill hole and then screw same

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Chess board top shown with sides attached

Step Four: Finishing the Chess Board Top - Select the Finishing Materials

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Using woodfiller, fill all holes and defects

Finish sanding all surfaces, insuring everything is smooth

Seal with polyurethane, using several coats for long life

Step Five: Making the Storage Drawer for Under the Chess Board - Select Wood of Choice

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Using the above pieces for storage box, cut them to size of 16" x 2" x 3/4"

With the table saw add a dado groove to fit the 1/4" plywood for bottom

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Cut box joints for the sides of storage box, using box joint machine

Sand the sides and glue box joints together

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Storage box shown glued and clamped

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Using a 16" square piece of 1/4" oak plywood make the bottom of storage box

Glue into the dado groove

Step Six: Add Partitions and Interior Flocking to Storage Drawer

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Add partition - 1 1/2" x 1/2" x 14 1/2" into storage drawer as shown

Add partition - 1 1/2" x 1/2" x 7" as shown below (see photo with blue colored adhesive)

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Add 1/2" magnets as shown using screw to hold box to board

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Black ash strips 3/4" x 12" for underside of chess board with countersunk screw holes

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Mounting black ash strips underside of chess board shown with storage drawer to fit

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Black ash strips mounted with screws shown on underside of board

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Underside of chess board top showing magnets placed so storage drawer fits under chess board

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Magnet shown on the upper side of the storage drawer

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Storage box showing partitions and applying blue color adhesive, preparing for flocking

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Apply blue colored flock to inside of storage box

Make sure all edges are sanded and smooth then apply poly to wood surfaces

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Storage box and chess board complete

Step Seven: Cutting Out the Checkers - Select Wood

Take 1 1/2" Square Walnut and Black Ash wood to make the Checkers

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Cut with band saw eight - 45% angles making hexagon shape for checkers

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Using the band saw cut each checker out at 3/8"

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Black Ash and Black Walnut checkers with extras cut out

Step Eight: Cutting Out the Chess Player Pieces - Select the Wood

Select your wood, using 1 1/2" sq. Black Ash and 1 1/2" sq. Black Walnut for Chess Player pieces

Copy the pattern shown on graph paper to scale of 1/4"

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All chess pieces are designed to be sanded fairly easily on power sander

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Begin with making the pawn

After making pattern, trace unto 1 1/2" square wood as shown, measure to make sure your length is accurate

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Pawn is ready to cut out on the band saw

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Start cutting the bottom groove in pawn piece with band saw on all four sides

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Pawn shown after bottom grove has been cut around all sides

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Begin cutting the body of the pawn as shown above

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First body cut done on pawn

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First cut taped on body so 2nd cut can be done

First cut of body needs to be taped with masking tape so that the next body cut is supported squarely for an accurate cut

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This is the image of the 2nd cut on the pawn body

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It is fun to see the piece after you pull it out from its shell

All player pieces are cutout the same way using this same process

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The pawn is now ready to be sanded using the oscillating spindle sander or by hand

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Below you see the bishop being sanded. All pieces are sanded in like manner

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Shown here is the king ready to be sanded. Note the tape in upper right corner of image

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King and queen shown here

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Complete set of one side of the player pieces. Remember to make one set dark and one set light.

The pieces are ready to stain and varnish with polyurethane. You may wish to leave the lighter side natural and use a stain for the darker side.

Apply several coats of polyurethane, insuring many years of beauty and use

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The full set of chess pieces and board ready for play

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Family fun for all ages, take time to enjoy your creation


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