How To Make Your Own Chess Board

Although my chosen screen-name is SonofPearl, I am also proud to be the SonofRay. Smile

My Dad (pictured!) is now retired, but was a welder by trade and is one of those people who can turn his hand to any physical or mechanical task.

I fondly remember him building a patio in our back garden when I was a young boy.  It didn't occur to me at the time that he had never done anything like that before.  He just asked around, read up on the subject, prepared meticulously, and then had a go.

My Dad passed on many things to me that I am very grateful for (he even taught me to play chess!) but his DIY skills stubbornly refused to transfer to my hands and mind.

Anyway, I was reminded of this fact when I recently discovered the video below.  If I had to try to make a chessboard, I would do it square by square and glue them all together.  There is a much better way, which is just the sort of thing that would be obvious to my Dad, but would never occur to me at all!


  • 7 years ago


    What about the width of the sawblade?

    If the width of each strip (the width of one square) is 1 unit, The length of the strips would have to be 8 units plus 7 times the width of the blade. (seven cuts).

    I think he had worked this out before he made it look so easy.

    I'm going to try it at the cottage this summer. With scrap wood first!!

    Has anybody tried this?

  • 7 years ago


    I bought a Drueke 877.10 magnetic chess set with an 8 inch by 8 inch board from amazon for about $20.  Then I bought a small 9x11 inch magnetic dry erase board from wal-mart and drew a chess board on it.  The pieces stay on even when I turn the board upsidedown. 

    It's a great analysis board to use while in bed.

    I liked it so much I bought a larger magentic chess set (11x11) and a larger magnetic dry erase board (18x24) and built another.

  • 7 years ago


    exellent,thats why i love chess and backgammon the answer is alwas there we just need to take a step outside of the loop to see.

  • 7 years ago


    Nice! I have definitely been making my own set and have yet to solve the problem of making a decent board! Thanks for the extremely simple answer!

  • 7 years ago


    That's exactly how I made my chess board. I'm not skilled enough with a jigsaw or lade to make the pieces, so just stuck with the board. Also creating a nice little trimming around the board gives it a unique little feel.

  • 7 years ago


    My chessboard is just light brown wood with half of the squares painted in green.

    But that video was a good idea for an original wood colours board.

  • 7 years ago


    It seems so obvious when he says it.

  • 7 years ago


    never thought of making my own chess

  • 7 years ago


    My dad made a wooden chess board for me when I was a kid. I still have it and treasure it. The funny thing is, he did it the "glue 64 little squares together" way and just like the guy in the video mentioned, it was impossible to get the registry correct, and impossible to clamp, etc. I can still remember my dad laughing saying, "jeez making a chessboard is harder than it looks" ... It definitely doesn't look like a "pro" piece of wood working -- Dad would have appreciated that video tremendously!

  • 7 years ago


    Ingredible, amazing idea!

    SonofPeark you made a great submission!

  • 7 years ago


    Ah, I had a chance to make one in woodwork but I didn't. Same procedure, seemed pretty easy but I didn't want to do it because it'd take too much time to make the pieces to go with it (although I know how to).

  • 7 years ago


    Dad is the only one :) i am glad to hear about yours :)

  • 7 years ago


    I like both videos very much.It touch my heart very very much.

  • 7 years ago


    Cool!  I was just thinking to myself a few days ago, "I wonder how difficult it would be to make a chess board and pieces by hand.  I figured there would be tutorials on such things but hadn't searched them and kind of forgot about the idea for a bit.  Thanks for the links on here.  One of those things for the bucket list.  LOL

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