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DIY Hardware Store Chessmen

By on December 16, 2014

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Are you a creative chess player? If you are a chess player, chances are you have had the desire to make your own chess set of authentic handmade chess men and a board. When looking for ideas for pieces, have you ever considered your local hardware store? You can build a remarkable set of hardware store chessmen from things you find there. Best of all, all that you’ll need for construction equipment are hand tools that you may already have. With these tools, you can build your own wooden chessboard and even chessmen.

If the wooden idea isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, how about something a little different? How about a glass or Plexiglas chessboard? You can etch glass to create a very nice chessboard, or even paint the squares on the bottom of a sheet of either glass or Plexiglas. Both are usually fairly easy to find at a hardware store (as is the paint and etching solution). Wood molding can be used as a frame to cover the sharp edges, and complete the entire look.

Now for the fun part, you get to hunt around to find the best items to make your chess men. How about nuts and bolts, washers, and wing nuts. You might be surprised at the unusual pieces you can create with things found at your local hardware store. You can assemble your chessmen to look similar to traditional chessmen or, if you’re feeling creative, design something unique and personalized.

There are myriad things that are available at the hardware store for you can use. It may give you a chance to look at PVC plumbing connectors and pipes in a different way. Better yet, combine media so that you have unique and memorable chessmen. Of course, you can paint them black and white if you want to be conventional. On the other hand, since you are making the pieces yourself, you can go with black and blue, or red and green. Hmmm, that might make a great Christmas gift.

You will definitely have a chess set like no one else. You can tell everyone they are your hardware store chessmen. Even your friends who don’t play chess will be fascinated by your hardware store work of art. And, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you did it yourself. Just don’t be surprised if at least one of your friends asks for your help and ideas to create their own unique hardware store chessmen.

Discover how to create your own set of hardware store chessmen at makezine.com here…

DIY Hardware Store Chessmen


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