How to Make Your Own Chess Board

How to Make Your Own Chess Board

Making a chess board can seem a very challenging task. However, with some simple steps, this need not be the case. A chess board consists of 64 squares, 32 of which are dark and 32 of which are light. You will need straight wood and a saw. There are few chessboards that are more attractive than ones that are made of wood. You can make a beautiful chess board by using wood from maple and walnut. Some people have used maple and mahogany wood to make a chess board. The important thing is that the two woods are different to stand out on the chess board.

First Steps

Firstly, cut four strips of walnut and four strips of maple using the table saw. You want each strip to be 2 inches wide. It is important that you measure carefully so all are the strips are cut to the exact same size. Make sure that all the edges of the strips are perfectly lined up and then glue them together along the length of the strips. Leave the strips alone for a while so that the glue has time to completely dry. Then once dry, you can turn the strips and cut cross across the glued panels to produce alternating walnut and maple strips.

The table saw blade should be set at a 90-degree angle to the table, and it should also be kept low to the work. It is recommended that a blade stiffener be used to prevent any blade flutter. It is also very important that you do not hesitate while cutting through the wood. Any hesitation can cause an uneven cut with one piece being wider than another. This would be a problem for a chess board which has to have all sides evenly cut for the pieces to fit together correctly.

Assemble the Pieces

Once more you will end up with four strips of wood that are each 2 inches wide. Now move the strips so that you have all alternating squares. The next step is to glue these new strips together and leave the panel to dry. Finally plane or sand any surfaces to provide a smooth overall surface to the chess board.

You can make coving on the sides of the box using the table saw. This is done by moving the wood over the blade at an angle. You must take light cuts of about 1/16 of an inch. You can bevel the blade to a 45-degree angle. It is important to clamp two boards in place so that your piece of wood will move smoothly between these pieces while you make the cuts. For safety, it is recommended that you use push blocks and not your hands to hold the wood over the blade. If you want, you can also construct a box in which to set your chess board. There are various methods you can use to make such a box.

Following these simple steps, we have given, you can make yourself an attractive wooden chess board.

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