Chess set derivative with jigsaw chessboard

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Chess set derivative with jigsaw chessboard by jwrm22 Feb 21, 2011


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This is a quik derivative of the Plywood chess set by ohammersmith: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:855. What's changed? I've added all pieces to one file for easy cutting, also I've created a board that fits the unique laser cut feel of the chess game.

The material I'm going to use is 3mm Plexiglas or acrylics, in two colors that both give nice contrast and still are partly transparent.

The chess board is only rescaled (search puzzle.svg for the original) and colored nothing else, every piece is unique so its a pretty straight forward 64 pieces and 2 color puzzle. That gives the home made chess set a nice touch. I dislike the straight and boring chess sets, this one fits my collection of weird and wacky chess sets. I've yet to design a 3 person laser-cut chess set.

24 June:
I have made a set meself, It works prety well. For my materials, I had to schrink the whole set down to 95%. The puzzle chess board work great, beside that assembling took me around 2 hours. The result looks great.

I planned on designing a board outline for the chess board. and a box for the chess set.

just a note to my pictures... The placement of King/Queen is wrong, because: Queen is always on its own color. Too bad I turned the board 90 degrees...



  • Download the files,
  • Cut et lease one test piece,
  • Use your caliper to measure the test pieces,
  • Use your caliper to measure the material thickness,
  • Rescale the files accordingly to your findings,
  • Cut one more test piece,
  • Assemble the test piece.

Cutting the whole set:

  • Cut the board in white,
  • Cut the board in blue,
  • Cut the Chess set in 2 colors,
  • Assemble the chess board,
  • Assemble the chess pieces,

Play chess:

  • Read the rules,
  • set up the board,
  • Enjoy your chess set,


  • Challenge jwrm22 on www.gameknot.com,
  • Change the title to: Thingiverse rocks,
  • Lose/Win the game its up to you!

Do not cut the chessboard puzzle, all lines in the drawing are double. take it apart instead or use the the board_blue and board_white. Cut out chess_all twice in 2 colors.

For the assembling instructions of the chess pieces view the original post of the chess set: Plywood chess set by ohammersmith at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:855

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Do I need to modify the size of this when I open the files to cut or is the original size fine? Also, what size sheets of acrylic do I need for this? I'm using the 3 individual files (blue board, white board, chess_all). What width and height does each file need? Thank you! Love this board and am excited to make it!

Hey, it has been a while since I've created this project. I think I resized the files to 95% like I wrote in the description. Don't take my word for it, don't cut blind. If you cut the pieces yourself it's easy to try-out a few pieces and sizes. Once you are happy with the look/fit/feel you can cut the whole sheet.

I've used 4 sheets of A3 plexiglass with a thickness of 3mm. 2 of each colour.

12" by 16", correct? Thank you!

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It looks amazing!
Where can I get the acrylic sheets? All the acrylic sheets I found online are opaque. Any suggestions?

BTW, you have the board set up incorrectly. It needs to be rotated 90 degrees so there is a white square on the right hand of each player, not a black one.

  1. White on the right.
  2. Queen on her color.

Your files seem cropped, is there any way you could post them again?

if its just my computer(s) acting up then let me know

Every svg appears the same in my the browser (cropped). To get them (right) to my pc i need to right click and click save link (not save image). Then I add .svg to the file and Inkscape will open them without problems.

If it still doesn't work, I'll upload a zip.

the files still seem cropped when opened in GIMP, whether i'm opening the files i saved or the zip files

Download inkscape and try again :P