The Geek Biker

Rambles of a geek that rides a bike

Building a chess set

Every now and then I get an itch to build something. If I wasn’t so damn lazy, I would have had a room full of rubbish that I build just for the hell of it.

The last things I build were oil lamps from old light bulbs. They do actually look good and most important, they do actually work. I got the idea from this:

Mine look pretty similar, but not quite as finished off as the ones in the picture.

My next task will be a chess set. Note to the reader, I don’t like chess at all. It is a long and tedious game which I don’t have the patience for. That being said…I suck at chess….big time. None the less, I will be building a chess set. Pretty sure my father would be proud if he ever found out, but to his dismay, I won’t be carving the pieces out of wood.

I came across an article about building your own chess set from nuts and bolts…now that is more like it. the result:

But these are way to “pretty” for my taste. A few clicks more and I came across this picture:

NOW we are getting somewhere!

I like the idea of rusty bolts for the black pieces and the shiny bolts as the white pieces. Now that I got a pretty good idea of how the pieces should look. I need a board. The old plain boards will just not suffice!

Hold on…what do we have here:

mmm… a board with some depth…a 3d board.

I definitely don’t want a board that looks like the above…it is way to high and painful to look at. But I do like the idea!

So I’ll start at designing the board.

Here we have a normal layout of a chess board. 8×8 squares. Leaving a flat surface of 64 squares:

When I’ve completed my board mutilation, this is what I will hopefully end up with:

I think it will look pretty good. Now I haven’t even started thinking about what I will use to support the different levels or what material I’m going to use as the surface….but it is the design that counts isn’t it?

Apparently you can buy some chemical that will add the rust to the bolts. This will give it an authentic feel. But first things first…I’ll start with the board and add the rest here as I go along.


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