Laser Cut Checker Board




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I decided I wanted to make some checkers, but then I realized I didn't have a checker board.  So I decided to design one up quick.  There isn't much to it since it is mostly just alternating engraved and unengraved squares, but here you are!

I made this at Techshop in SF and it was a lot of fun!

The checkerboard is about 13 inches by 13 inches total; the squares take up 12 inches squared.  I messed around with the size a little, but once I knew my checkers would be the standard 1 1/4 inch in diameter, I went with squares that were 1 1/2 inches squared.  Then I just added on a bit of a border which brought it up to 13 inches squared.

After it was all cut out, I put on a coat or two of Polycrylic for a protective finish, but you don't have to do that.

I have attached the document for it in eps format.  Let me know if you want it and what format you need it in if this one doesn't work.

Check out the checkers!




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    23 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Thank you.This is an awesome idea


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I am going to make them as well, with some additional text, as present for my parents 30 year wedding day. Awesome idea! Thanks!

    1 reply

    That sounds so sweet! Do you know what design you are going to do? I'd love to see them when you are done :)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    It really looks different and great, in additions those checker looks very nice! great job

    1 reply

    Thank you! I thought about putting designs in opposite corners, but since the checkers are so decorative, I decided to leave it plain and practical :)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Oh Techshop..
    I've seen so many great things born there thru instructables..
    This one plus your checkers are the best so far!!

    is it too much to wish they'll open a branch in Bali soon.. :|

    1 reply

    Looks great, love the design on the playing pieces :)

    Keep up the great work, also love the house sign :)