A Guide for Making Wooden Chess Boards and Boosting Your Game

How to Make a Wooden ChessBoard? Step-by-Step Guide

Chess is a fascinating and hard game of strategy in which you and your opponent face off against one another. However, you don't need to be a grandmaster chess player or a great carpenter to build your fantastic chessboard. 

A few simple tools, some good wood, and a few sheets of black and white paper will do. With a little perseverance and accurate measuring, you'll soon be defeating opponents on your board! In this step-by-step guide, we'll reveal how to make a wooden chess board, provide expert advice on succeeding at the game, and much more!

Materials and Tools for Wooden ChessBoard

Get the following supplies if you have plans to make a wooden chessboard:

a handmade wooden chessboard
  1. Wood: For the chessboard squares, pick two contrasting varieties of wood, like walnut and maple. Make sure the timber is sturdy enough and free of flaws or fissures.
  2. Saw: A good-quality hand or a Japanese pull saw will be required to cut the wood correctly.
  3. Try Square: This tool will help you ensure your cuts are square and straight.
  4. Marking Gauge: Mark the wood precisely and consistently using a marking gauge.
  5. Chisels: A set of precise chisels will be needed to carve the border and squares for the chessboard.
  6. Smoothing plane: The chessboard's surface can be made level and smooth using a smoothing plane.
  7. Sandpaper: You'll need sandpaper in various grits, from coarse to fine, for sanding and polishing.
  8. Wood Finish: To safeguard and improve the original beauty of the wood, select an appropriate finish, like varnish or oil.
  9. Chess Pieces: To finish the board, you'll require an entire set of chess pieces. These can be bought or made by hand.
  10. Clamps: When shaping, cutting, and attaching wood, clamps keep it in place.
  11. Take protection: To protect yourself while working with wood, wear safety glasses, guards for your ears, and a dust mask.

Basic Steps on How to Make the Chessboard

If you are wondering how to make a wooden folding chessboard case, then first, you have to make a wooden chessboard in the following way:

  1. To make a chessboard's alternate design, pick two distinct wood colors. Take 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick boards in dark and light hues. You could, for instance, utilize boards made of maple and mahogany.
  2. With the help of a circular saw, calculate and cut four 18 in (46 cm) wide strips. Mark your cut lines with a pencil and a ruler or tape measure to ensure that the strips are calculated equally.
  3. Make cut lines, then rip the strips into sticks that are 2 in (5.1 cm) wide. Use a ruler, tape measure, and pencil to define your cut lines on the strips. Using your circular saw, reduce them to equal sticks so that you end up with 8 total strips, 4 of dark color and 4 of light color.
  4. The strips are spread out on a flat surface, such as a desk or work table. Line them up uniformly and organize them in dark and light hues. Add a line of wood glue along the outermost portion of every one of the strips. To make an even coating, spread the glue around the edge. The strips should then be pressed together to create an even square. 
  5. Grab your bar clamps and fasten them to the board's outer borders. Tighten them just enough to securely hold the wooden strips together but not enough to cause the wood to buckle or bend. Refer to the glue's label for exact drying durations, and give it time to dry and harden completely.
  6. Cut a series of alternate 2 from the board in (5.1 cm) wide strips. Cut the strips perpendicular to the initial strips using your circular saw to create uniform strips with an even distribution of the light and dark squares.
  7. Place the rows of squares with alternating colors on a flat surface, such as a desk or working table. To make the traditional checkerboard design, arrange them in a straight line. Wood glue should be applied in an equal, thin layer along the outermost parts of the strips. As you press the strips together, check that they are equally spaced. Just as you did in the strips before you cut them, take your bar clamps and fasten them to the board's outer borders.
  8. Let the glue completely dry for the time specified in the container.
  9. When the adhesive is completely dry, sand the top layer with 80-grit sandpaper or an electric sander. To polish the top layer of your board, gradually increase the grit of your sandpaper until you reach 120.
  10. Select a wood finish and rub a thin layer over the board's surface to coat the wood and improve the final appearance. Your board is complete once you've allowed the wood finish to dry according to the instructions on the container.

Chess As a Sport 

Chess is one of the most widely played games today, with millions of players. The goal of the two-player board game chess, played by White and Black, is to checkmate the other player's king by commanding a troop of chess pieces of their respective colors. 

Chess is an abstract strategic game with no secret knowledge or random factors. A 64-square chessboard with an 8 by 8 grid is used for the game. Each player has sixteen pieces to work with at the outset: a king, a queen, a pair of rooks, a pair of bishops, a pair of knights, and eight pawns. Black makes the opening move, then White.

Checkmating the opposing king or posing the prospect of an unavoidable capture is the only way to win the game. A game might also conclude in a draw in several other ways.

Chess wagering is a fantastic method to enhance the game's enjoyment as you watch the best players compete. There are many different chess betting websites for you to select chess betting offers from. Each of them has certain plus points and shortcomings of its own. You will have to do prior research before selecting a chess bookie.

Advice and Tips for the Best Result 

Tips for improving your chess performance:

Make Effective Moves

In chess, your opening movements aim to take command over the board. The middle area of the chessboard is the most significant portion. You can control the game's outcome if you use your brains and board pieces to control the center.

make effective moves in chess

Get all of Your Pieces Ready

You must try to arrange your pieces to attack before the other player can approach the king. It means that you should use active chess pieces with numerous options.

Plan an Attack Against the King

Generally, Only one piece is not enough to trap the king. To achieve checkmate, numerous pieces must cooperate.

A piece to check the king is frequently necessary; others are required to strengthen its position so the king can't grab it.

And occasionally, you require even more pieces to make sacrifices and undermine the opposition's defense.

Watch Your Own King's Safety

Players may neglect to watch their king because they are preoccupied with their rival's king. Don't let it skip your mind that the other player is also participating and will attack your king, given a chance. Be prepared for the threats that your opponent's actions provide.

Be An Excellent Sport Always

Always compliment or thank your rival for the game, whether you win or lose. Success and failure are inevitable parts of the game. Even the world's top athletes frequently suffer defeat. 


Whether you play with a paper chessboard or your wooden checkerboard, chess is a gripping game that everybody can enjoy. Online chess betting is not as common as betting on football, basketball, or even volleyball. Therefore, it shouldn't be surprising that finding a bookmaker to take your chess bets is more difficult than finding bookmakers for football, basketball, or volleyball. Still, you won't have difficulty finding chess betting sites if you realize where to look. Finally, remember these guiding principles to improve your chess skills: gain control of the center of the board, place your pieces strategically, plan coordinated attacks on the opposing king, defend your king, and play good sportsmanship.

Author - Olivia Poglianich
Olivia Poglianich          

Content Strategist

Olivia Poglianich is a nomadic brand strategist and copywriter in the wooden crafts and 3D product design space who has worked with brands such as Visa, Disney and Grey Goose. Her writing has taken her all over the world, from a Serbian music festival to a Malaysian art and culture event. Olivia is a graduate of Cornell University and is often writing or reading about travel, hospitality, the start-up ecosystem or career coaching. Her latest interests are at the intersection of web3 and communal living, both on and offline.


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