Creating a chess game and a chessboard is a very interesting experience in carpentry. It allows you to learn how to use a band saw or a lathe for example. There are free plans to build chess boards and the pieces of the game. Here is a unique gift idea or for yourself. You can also build a chessboard that contains a drawer to store the chess pieces. Use contrasting woods to create the two armies, or use original paintings for a different look. Exotic hardwoods can make your chessboard a true work of art. Handmade wooden chess sets are popular in gift stores or craft shows.
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