Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

Making a Wooden Chess Set With Gear Hinges

Watch more with these video collections:

Jeremy Fielding‘s mechanical engineering skills makes creating an oversized wooden chess and checker set looks easy. He designs and builds a unique folding board with handmade gear hinges in this 2016 ‘how it was made’ video.

Although it is quite large, it is designed to be carried around, and will stay closed without a locking mechanism. Each square is 2.5″ x 2.5″ (6.5cm square), and the overall board is about 22″ (55cm) square.

In the future, I plan to make a wooden carrying case, or maybe a removable handle.

All the steps are shown to make this board, but my main goal was to share the concept. My hope is that most people would modify it to make a completely unique chessboard.

assembling the gears
gear hinge chessboard
Follow these gear hinges with more videos about gears:
• Gears of all shapes
• How a car’s differential gear works
Arthur Ganson’s wire gears
Turing Tumble, a DIY mechanical computer powered by marbles

Bonus: More workshops.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

The Jules Verne-Themed Sanderson Orrery

Rion Nakaya

Bending sliced wood like a slinky

Rion Nakaya

Star Bound: A NASA engineer talks with his nephew

Rion Nakaya

The Writer, a drawing machine automaton by Pierre Jaquet-Droz

Rion Nakaya

Explore the Science Behind Fireworks—and the Galaxy

Rion Nakaya

Traditional Swedish Woodworking (1923)

Rion Nakaya

Adania Flemming, Fish Whisperer, on Becoming Visible

Rion Nakaya

How to make a mechanical snail coin bank

Rion Nakaya

Locking a box with magnets and gravity

Rion Nakaya