Making Your Own Chess Set

I wrote recently about my personal ineptitude when it comes to anything DIY-related, but many members commented on that blog post expressing an interest in making chess boards and even pieces.

There's nothing quite like a beautifully made chess set, and I've long been fascinated by the different materials and designs that are available.  Some are truly works of art!

If you are serious about making your own set and would like some guidance and inspiration, there is a nice website called Hand Made Chess which discusses the methods and materials that can be used (both pictures here are from the site).

The site is quite small at the moment, but plans to add more content very soon.  You can also contact the site with any questions you may have.

So if you would seriously like to have a go, it's definitely worth checking out Hand Made Chess.

If anyone already has pictures on their own home-made board/pieces please post them in the comments! 


  • 6 years ago


    thanks for shaering

  • 6 years ago


    Ok i got the official plastic pieces. How do i copy them?

    I know there is a laser scanner but its some millions expensive.

    Star Trek replicator is in the future.

    So how to i make a forming die?

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  • 6 years ago


    That nuts & bolts set is very cool!
  • 6 years ago


    @ dalinean - very nice!  I especially like the rooks in the wooden one. Cool

  • 6 years ago


    Here are two I have made;

    The wood one from Jarrah and cypress.

    and this one from nuts N bolts (and a bit of paint)

  • 6 years ago


    Thanks for the post pearl, I plan to make a chessboard when I move into a place with a bigger garage.

  • 6 years ago


    @ Billium248: very nice! Cool

  • 6 years ago


    @ Billium248 - very creative! Laughing

  • 6 years ago


    Here is the Chess Set that my daughter and I "made."  We went to Toys R Us and hand picked our armies.



    Team Butterfly (my daughter's):
    King - Mickey Mouse
    Queen - Minnie Mouse
    Rooks - Strawberry Shortcake
    Knights - Kitty Cats
    Bishops - Disney Princesses (Snow White and Sleeping Beauty)
    Pawns -Puppies (she's named all 8 of them)

    Team Earthquake (my team):
    King - Captain America
    Queen - Magneto
    Rooks - Iron Man and Wolverine
    Knights - Cyclops and The Punisher
    Bishops - Jack Sparrow and Bootstrap Bill
    Pawns -Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • 6 years ago


    there are at least a couple of sites on the net that show how to make sets of paper i.e. origami.

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