Playing Games with Your Handmade Chess Board Project

Playing Games with Your Handmade Chess Board Project

Hand making and carving your own chess set can be a really fun and rewarding project. First step - planning! There are 32 pieces in a chess board, 16 pawns, 4 rooks, 4 knights, 4 bishops, 2 kings, 2 queens to be exact. Keep in mind that you will need half of that combination in a different color stain or paint for two players. Decide if you are going to carve all of them first and use paint or stain to differentiate them, or if you want to use two different types of woods.

Another option for planning out your handmade chess board is to consider the different sizes of each piece. The kings and queen pieces are the largest, or tallest, and they usually proceed down in size from the bishop, knight, rook, and pawn. As a guide, the king piece should be about 4" tall and the pawn is about half that size.

Cut out blocks of wood for each piece, and start to carve out your pieces with the v gouge. Use coarse sandpaper to help the pieces take shape, and add details with your X-ACTO knife. Continue to buff and sand your pieces until really smooth. Seal your handmade chess board and set with wax and/or stain and varnish. With time and patience, you are sure to have a handmade chess board and set that you will treasure for a very long time.