Chess Set for my Dad

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Chess Set for my Dad by peter_ May 23, 2010

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This is a chess set that I designed for my dad for his birthday this year.

My dad taught me how to make, create, design, build, program, and solder from a young age. This year I finally remembered that parents don't like their children to buy them expensive things, they like their children to build them things. And you could end up making the worst looking thing ever, but they'll love it, just because you made it.

Happy birthday dad.


Using two of your favorite colours, cut out two sets of chess pieces and grid squares. Depending on your cut quality, the chess pieces may press-fit together (though hopefully not too tight, or they may crack), or you may have to use a little acrylic glue to seal them together.

Place the grid pieces on a 12x12 inch ~4.5mm sheet of acrylic in an 8x8 grid for the chess board itself. Because the acrylic glue can leave bubbles between pieces, I just left these unglued and loose. I like this a lot more, and makes it look a lot more haphazard and visually interesting.

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Hi, I looked for colored acrylic sheets like the one you have but I cant find any. Any idea where I can get some? Can I order it online?

Acrylic sheet is very common, and most plastics supply stores should stock 1/8 acrylic in various colours. If you don't have one locally, there are many places to order acrylic sheet online, from Inventables (though it's usually a little pricey) to even Amazon. Best of luck!

It won't download for me. Do you have any suggestions?

Do you have a simple solution to adapt your design to laser cut a 20" x 20 " board ? (still with 4.5mm sheets).
Thank you so much.

Hi Cam,
I think you'd just have to scale the board squares by 167%. If you'd also like to cut larger pieces, you'll need to scale them too. If you go that route, you may just want to scale them until the press-fit gap becomes the thickness of the plastic that you'd like to use, and try a few test pieces to see how the size/fit works.

You are right, but I already bought 4.5mm sheets, so I need to scale the design and to keep the 4.5mm press-fit gap, which will also increase if I scale the design. Thank you for your response.

Cheers, Cam

Sorry if it was unclear, but the board is the only 4.5mm piece. I think the chess pieces are 1/8? (~3mm?). Check the design files, and just scale it to whatever gap is appropriate, and cut out a test piece to see if it looks good, or if you'll need to scale the piece outlines and the slots separately.

Is the extra line on the King a big deal? That particular scrap piece will just be free-floating instead of attached to the bigger piece of scrap, right?

it lets the top of the king as a whole fall out a lot easier without breaking the fragile top bits, but strictly speaking isn't required -- it just increases the chance that you'll get a usable king the first time around.

What laser cutter did you use? Epilog through a service bureau? DIY (if so, brilliant!) cutter?


hi dimitri, i used an inexpensive chinese laser cutter at my local hackerspace. it took some fiddling to find ideal settings for the different colours -- i actually cut out two sets, and got one complete one (and a bunch of spare pieces) out of them.

what software did you used for the modeling and render?

i am honoured that you think these are renders, but they are pictures of the real thing. :) i used adobe illustrator for the design.


Now add some LEDs :-D