Chess - Custom Chess Box
last updated August 16th, 2018 — created August 16th, 2018
For each insert we create, we have a few standard design goals:
- Reduce setup time as much as possible
- Have separate component trays for "setup components" and "gameplay components"
- Allow for vertical box storage without components crushing each other
- Fit sleeved cards
We got a gorgeous new fossil stone chess set, but it came in a decrepit green box. So, we decided to build it a new one. It is made of foam-core (with our standard dress pins and craft glue), velour, liner, foam padding, a bit of black ribbon, and upholstery adhesive.
How To Build Foam-Core Inserts
We learned how to make foam-core inserts primarily by watching the videos from The Esoteric Order of Gamers. He has created these wonderful tutorials that will help you get started. We have tried a few methods and prefer his practices over any other. Pro tip: Although it is tempting to skip gluing when building inserts to save time, we really REALLY recommend that you don't. We have built a couple inserts using only dress pins to hold them together and they don't last very long.
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