Chess is a classic game enjoyed all around the world. You need a good board to play, however. Since premade boards, especially ones with storage for your pieces, can be expensive, you may want to build your own. Putting together a board with a storage drawer won't take long once you gather the materials.
Items you will need
- 32 light-colored 2-by-2-inch ceramic tiles
- 32 dark-colored 2-by-2-inch ceramic tiles
- 2 16-by-16-inch medium density fiberboards
- 1 15.5-by-15.5-inch medium density fiberboard
- 2 16-by-2-by-1/4-inch pieces of lumber
- 2 15.5-by-2-by-1/4-inch pieces of lumber
- 2 15.5-by-1.75-by-1/4-inch pieces of lumber
- 1 15-by-1.75-by-1/4-inch piece of lumber
- Finishing nails
Put wood glue on one long edge of a 16-by-2-by-1/4-inch piece of lumber and glue it to one edge of a 16-by-16-inch piece of medium density fiberboard, or MDF. This will be the base and the back of your chessboard.
Put glue on one long and one short edge of each of the 15.5-by-2-by-1/4-inch pieces of lumber. Glue them to the side edges of the MDF, flush with the back piece, so that you have three sides of a box, with the MDF as the base. There should be 1/4 inch of MDF overhanging at the front.
Set the 15.5-by-15.5-inch piece of MDF inside your box. This is your drawer base.
Glue one long side of each of the 15.5-by-1.75-by-1/4-inch pieces of lumber and attach to the side edges of the drawer base. Apply glue to one long edge and both short edges of the 15-by-1.75-by-1/4-inch piece of lumber and attach it to the back edge of the drawer base and the drawer sides.
Carefully apply wood glue to the front edges of the drawer sides and the drawer base. Set the remaining 16-by-2-by-1/4-inch piece of lumber on the 1/4-inch overhang on the board's MDF base and press the lumber against the drawer edges to make a firm connection. Do not glue this front piece to any other pieces except those belonging to the drawer.
Apply glue to the top edge of the chessboard back and sides -- not the drawer. Place the remaining 16-by-16-inch MDF piece on top.
Glue 64 2-by-2-inch ceramic tiles on top of the MDF, alternating light and dark. There should be eight squares on each side of a chessboard.
Sand all the wood parts of your board and stain the finished product.
Tips & Warnings
- Add finishing nails for extra strength wherever parts are glued together.
- Add a drawer pull to give it a finished look.
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