Our handmade set—assembled with the board itself and all of the pieces—will be a beloved heirloom for kids and the whole family. In other words? Checkmate.
This two-player strategy game is played on a square, checkered board with two sets of 16 chessmen. To capture Dad's heart by hook or by rook, give him a handmade chess set on Father's Day. Our one-of-a-kind DIY version, which costs a fraction of a designer one, customizes a plain wooden slide box with an easy-to-use stencil and spray paint. Simple wooden shapes and blocks become modern, sophisticated pieces (we painted half of them to match the board, for contrast), and neatly stow away inside. Throw in some wooden disks for checkers, and you'll have double the brainy rainy-day fun.