DIY Chess Set ♟

  • 45 Minutes
  • Advanced
As board games become more popular, here's your chance to impress your friends by building a game yourself - from the ground up. This 3D chess set tutorial is great for all skill levels. So grab your 3Doodler and let's get building! You can also learn more about the history of board games, and how they've evolved through the years on our blog.
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1 Assemble your materials

Print out the free stencil, gather together the two different refill colors (we used black and white) and get your 3Doodler pen heated up. It's time to get crafting!

2 Construct Your Pieces

Using the stencil, start Doodling the parts that will make up your game pieces. We have Pawns, Rooks, Knights, Bishops, Queens & Kings. Each piece is made up of four parts: x2 of "A", x1 of "B" and x1 of "C".

After you've Doodled all of the parts, it's time to start building our 3D game pieces. Start by welding each "A" piece perpendicularly to the middle of each side of the "B" pieces.

3 Finish Construction and Repeat

Now that your game piece is 3D we need to add the base support. First, take piece "C" and use the "welding technique" to attach it to the bottom of your game piece. This should give the piece a flat standing surface.

Next, take your 3D pen and fill in the body and outer walls of the game piece, filling in all the low points and giving the game piece a more smooth and curved feeling in the hand.

Now repeat the process for all the pieces. When you're done you'll be left with 16 pawns, 4 rooks, 4 bishops, 4 knights, 2 queens, 2 kings.

Note: Half the game piece should be one color, and the other half should be another color to help tell the two sides apart. We chose to Doodle 8 pawns, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights, 1 queen, and 1 king in white and we Doodled the other 8 pawns, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights, 1 queen, and 1 king in black.

4 Set up your Board

Once you have all the pieces built - it's time to assemble. Set up your board and let the games begin.

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