Youth Maker Mondays: Chess Boards (Ages 12-16)

  • Monday, April 10, 2023
  • Monday, April 24, 2023
  • 3 sessions
  • Monday, April 10, 2023, 2:30 PM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Monday, April 17, 2023, 2:30 PM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Monday, April 24, 2023, 2:30 PM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO041023WC
  • 2


  • $130+ $10 materials fee
  • $105 + $10 materials fee


Make a chessboard using real wood veneers that you cut precisely and laminate in a vacuum press.

About this Class

Working with thin pieces of two kinds of wood with naturally contrasting colors, you will learn to cut strips and then shorter pieces to precise widths and lengths. You will arrange the veneer pieces into a traditional chessboard pattern, glue them to a plywood base, and use a vacuum press to provide even pressure while the glue cures.

Then you will make solid wood banding for the edges, fine-tuning the joints so they fit precisely. And, finally, you will smooth out the surfaces and apply a coat of a natural wood finish.


  • For youth ages 12-16. 
  • Registration closes April 5.
  • When you register your youth, enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email." All reminders and important information will go to that email address.
  • Complete and return this minor permission form.
  • You must wear closed-toe shoes.
  • We are grateful to the City of Bainbridge Island for a cultural funding grant that enables us to reduce the costs of Maker Monday classes for families.


You will go home with a chessboard approximately 14" square and 3/4" thick that's ready to use.


A materials fee of $10, included in the cost of the class, covers all materials and supplies to make the board. You will need to supply the chess pieces or checkers.

Class Policies


Wayne Chang is an active member, monitor, and manager in the Woodworking Studio and has been an instructor leading cabinet, small boats, and youth classes.

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