YOUR MOVE – create your own chess pieces using the FREE 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. Learn how to Consistently Resize and Print the patterns below.
How to create your chess pieces.
First carefully fold and crease the patterns on the dotted line making a sharp fold (see images below). Next, place 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.
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).
See Chess rules to learn how to play chess.
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.