How to make chess boards

How to make chess boards

How to make chess boards

How to make chess boards?

Chess is a game that is played all over the world. People from different cultures and who speak different languages can play and enjoy it together. Some of the earliest versions of modern chess came from India in the sixth century, a long time before technology made it possible to mass-produce chess sets and make them as easy to get as they are now.

People made their own chess sets more often than they bought them between the time chess was first made and the present. If you are good at DIY and have access to some basic tools, you can learn how to build your own chess board and set. This will give you hours of fun and mental stimulation.

This simple, elegant chessboard can be made in an afternoon. You can make it your own by choosing the kind of wood you want to use.


You’ll love playing chess on this board that was made just for you. And it’s simple! Choose the different kinds of wood you want to use, get some glue and a few other tools and supplies, and you’re ready to build.

wooden chess board

Tools Required

  • Nail Gun
  • Clamps
  • Miter saw
  • Router
  • Saw Table

Materials Required

  • 1-in. 18-gauge brad nails
  • 2’ x 2’ of 1.2” Plywood
  • 8’ 1×4 Board of Dark Wood
  • 8’ 1×4 Board of Light Wood
  • Wood glue

Project Plans

  1. Rip Boards on Table Saw

On the table saw, cut the boards to 1-1.5 inches wide. You can skip this step if you buy 1×2 boards, but I don’t always trust the corners to be perfectly square.

  1. Cut boards roughly with a mitre saw

Cut four 16-inch pieces from each type of ripped wood. We used a stop so we wouldn’t have to keep measuring. This rough cut will give you some room to work with when you glue the pieces together and cut them into strips.

  1. Glue the Strips

Set up the boards, alternating between dark and light wood. Make sure that the edges fit well. That is, don’t count on the clamps to hold the boards together. Make sure the wood glue is spread evenly and all the way to the edges on the boards. Use bar clamps to hold things together. Let dry all the way.

  1. Sand the Board

Sand the new board with low-grit sandpaper to make it flat and even.

  1. Set a Crosscut the Board

Using the same method with the mitre gauge as above, set a stop 1-1.5 inches from the blade and cut eight strips across the board.

  1. Turn the strips over and glue them together

To make the chessboard pattern, lay out the strips and flip every other strip. Stick the strips together and clamp them. Let dry all the way. You can sand or plane the new chessboard.

  1. Cut the plywood and put it on the chessboard.

Find out how big the chessboard is. Even though it’s not likely to be perfectly square, just make sure. Cut the 0.5 -inch plywood to the size of your chessboard by ripping and crosscutting it. Use glue, clamps, and 18-gauge 1-inch brad nails to attach the plywood to the chessboard. This will make the bottom of the board flat.

  1. Rip Wood to Depth

Take several measurements of the height of the chessboard, take the smallest measurement, and cut the lighter wood to that size.

Chess Set With Drawers

     9. Compose Wood Lengths

Put the torn light board in the same place as the chessboard and mark the lengths. Use the mitre saw to cut the light wood board to those lengths. Put the chess pieces on the edges of the board with glue and brad nails. Sand the chessboard until it is even with the outside of the frame.

  1. Round Over & Rip Darker Wood

Round off the edges of the dark wood with a router and a 0.25-inch round-over bit. On the table saw, cut the board to 0.74 inches. If you don’t want to do this step, you can buy 0.75-inch quarter-round moulding in almost any type of wood at a home store. Most of the time, these things don’t cost much and can save you time when building.

  1. Miter Angles Into Rounded Board for the Outside Edge

Cut a 45-degree angle into the round board with a mitre saw. Take it to the chessboard and mark the other side to find the length of the outer rim. Do this three more times to make the other three sides.

  1. Clamp and glue

Attach the mitered boards to the chessboard with glue and clamps, and let it sit until the glue is completely dry. Make sure to put glue on the corners. This is important for a good hold. If you don’t trust the glue, you can also use 18-gauge 1-1.5-in. brad nails to secure the chessboard completely.

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