Chess Pieces – Patterns for the Scroll Saw or Band saw

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. Chess is played with six different pieces: pawns, rooks, knights, bishops, and kings. To get started, 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 (resizing or scaling) them to match your blanks. 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.

Altogether

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

The pawns, rooks, queens, and bishops are shaped with two identical cuts. However, for the bishop an additional slot is made on the second cut. The kings and knights are made with two different cuts.

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

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

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

Step 5. Rotate workpiece 90 degrees and cut second pattern.
Step 5. Rotate workpiece 90 degrees and cut second pattern.
Step 6. Sand and finish piece.
Step 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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One thought on “Chess Pieces – Patterns for the Scroll Saw or Band saw

  • April 24, 2018 at 9:15 pm
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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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