Chess Board

By Kiley | Created August 16th, 2018 | Published August 16th, 2018 | Updated March 26th, 2020

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Use these files to cut pockets & inlays for a chessboard. The corners have been radiused so that the only tool you'll need is Origin & a 1/4" bit.

1 hr 30 min





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-A 20x20" (or larger) milled material for your board -21x11" of material for your inlay pieces (You can split this across multiple pieces if needed)
-Origin -1/4" cutter -Glue
---Material Tips--- -If you plan to end with a 20x20" chess board, you may want to wait to cut off excess material until after cutting your pockets. This will allow you to add tape around the edge of the game area. Otherwise you will need to set up another taping surface that is planar & parallel to your game board. ---Inlay Pieces--- Starting with your inlay pieces will allow you to test & adjust your pocket offsets for a perfect fit. 1) Secure your inlay material to a spoil board with double sided tape. Chess_Inlays.svg is setup for a 11x21" board, but you can place the same file on multiple smaller boards if needed. 2 ) Using a 1/4" cutter, cut out the pieces with an outside cut and a 0.02" offset. Follow with a finish pass of 0". !!!The pieces have a 0.3" gap between them so make sure your offset isn't larger than 0.04"!!! 3) Remove the pieces from the tape and set them aside. ---Chess Board--- 1) You will end up cutting through many dominos so you will want to add a lot of tape. Also be sure to add tape outside the edge of the playing area either on your material or a temporary surface that is parallel & planar to your cut area. 2) Place Chess_Board.svg onto the workspace. If you are making a rectangular board, you will want to first create a grid so that your game area is centered. 3) Cut your pieces using inside cuts with a 0.02" offset. Check frequently to make sure you still have enough visible tape. You will want to add tape & update your scan frequently. 4) Using your inlay pieces, try placing them into the pockets. Slowly increase your offset until the inlay fits snugly. (You can wrap dental floss around the pieces to make sure you can pull them out) 5) Once your pockets are the right size, glue them in, sand, & finish!

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