Chess Pieces – Have Fun Creating Your Own Chess Pieces

YOUR MOVE – create your own chess pieces using the patterns below. If you enjoy chess and have either a scroll saw or a band saw, you might want to try your hand at creating your own unique chess set. You play chess with six different pieces: pawns, rooks, knights, bishops, and kings. To create your chess pieces, first select two contrasting woods. For example, a darker wood like walnut and a lighter wood like maple. Make sure the blank are perfectly square.

Next print the patterns below. See (resizing or scaling) on how to make sure your patterns are resized consistently. Next, carefully fold and crease on the dotted line making a sharp fold (see images below).

Create your own chess pieces.  Patterns are included for pawn, rook, bishop, knight, queen, and king.

How to create your chess pieces.

First place the pattern over the corner of a blank using either a spray adhesive or clear packaging tape. Make sure the crease lines up perfectly with the corner. Next, saw the first side profile making long continuous cuts. After this cut, use glue or clear tape to reattach the waste cut-outs so the pieces do not move. Next rotate the workpiece 90 degrees and cut the second pattern out. Finally sand and finish. Before starting you might want to read Essential Scroll Saw Tips.

Chess Pieces: Each player has 16 pieces.

Pawns (8)
Knights (2)
Bishops (2)
Rooks (2)
Queens (1)
Kings (1)

You will shape the pawns, rooks, queens, and bishops with two identical cuts. However, for the bishop, you will make an additional slot on the second cut. For the kings and knights, you will need to make two different cuts.

The images below show how to create the compound cuts (also known as double sawing or three dimensional 3D sawing).

1. Fold pattern on the dotted line and apply to blank.
1. Fold pattern on the dotted line and apply to blank.
2. Cut pattern using waste blocks to keep fingers away from blade.
2. Cut pattern using waste blocks to keep fingers away from blade.
 

3. Observe how the pattern has been cut on both sides.
3. Observe how the pattern has been cut on both sides.
4. Tape the pieces back together again using clear package tape.
4. Tape the pieces back together again using clear package tape.
 

5. Rotate workpiece 90 degrees and cut second pattern.
5. Rotate workpiece 90 degrees and cut second pattern.
6. Sand and finish piece.
6. Sand and finish piece.
 

Pawn chess piece pattern.
Pawn chess piece.
Rock chess piece pattern.
Rook chess piece.
 

Knight chess piece pattern.
Knight chess piece.
Bishop chess piece pattern.
Bishop chess piece.
 

Queen chess piece pattern.
Queen chess piece.
King chess piece pattern.
King chess piece.
 

Chess pieces patterns (ALL) - Pawn, Rook, Bishop, Knight, Queen, and King.
Chess pieces patterns (ALL) – Pawn, Rook, Bishop, Knight, Queen, and King.

Comments and notes on creating chess pieces.

Do not judge your work until after sanding. Because a little sanding can quickly remove any small imperfections.

More clip art and patterns for the scroll saw and band saw.

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3 thoughts on “Chess Pieces – Have Fun Creating Your Own Chess Pieces

  • April 24, 2018 at
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    I have a hug chechers/ chess board I’m making in my back yard with two colors of twelve square cement pavers. Thes pieces will be great way to make the chess pieces counting an inch per square.

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  • August 4, 2018 at
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    When I print at a scale of 65 for each individual piece, the small grid is not consistent in size between the pieces. Just thought you would like to know and possibly know of a solution to this.

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    • August 6, 2018 at
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      Michelle, If using Microsoft Excel make sure to use the option “Link to File” as shown under Step #1 at How to Resize and Print a Pattern. I just tried it at 50% scaling and all the grid lines matched perfectly. Let me know if you still have questions. Thanks, Bill

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