Build & Play Chess Set

  1. Grades 3-5
  2. Grades 6-8


Construct a mechanical chessboard with hidden drawers and advance your game! Built-in geared drawers swing out to store your customizable all-wood pieces. Then, get your game on with an illustrated “Ready, Set, Chess!” book that guides players through a first game and beyond.

Why it’s awesome

  1. spin out chess set storage

    Spin-out storage

    Build geared drawers that tuck under your board to store your pieces!

  2. learn how to play chess

    Learn to play

    Anyone can play with the "Ready, Set, Chess!" book.

  3. build your own chess pieces

    Smart moves

    Chess pieces are etched with the moves they can make.

What’s included?

  • chessboard

  • 3 drawer movers

  • 2 drawer bases

  • 4 wood drawer sides

  • 2 translucent drawer sides

  • 2 gears

  • slot board

  • box base

  • wood support

  • 2 sticky felt sheets

  • 6 wood rings

  • 6 rods

  • 2 hex keys

  • 2 springs

  • 4 rubber feet

  • hardware set

  • 44 chess hats

  • wood chess piece building set

  • Ready, Set, Chess! book + quick reference guide

  • illustrated instruction booklet

Topics explored

  1. Mechanical motion

  2. Problem-solving

  3. Logic + puzzles

Additional details

From the desk of the product designer:

Behind the design

We came up with and prototyped so many drawer designs: sliding, spinning, lifting, rotating, and even different methods for actually opening the storage section, too! In the end, the spin-out drawers were the most sturdy and reliable design — plus they had the most storage space!

- KiwiCo Product Designer

By the numbers


KiwiCo editors who went from novice to expert


Number of chess piece designs tested


Chess games won during play testing



5 reviews



    My 7 year-old loved this project! She needed some help, as it’s for an older age, but she learned so much and the chess set is now ready for lots of games!



    I bought this for my 2 boys (age 7 and 10) and they BOTH loved it! They already love chess, but they really enjoyed getting to build it and love using it to play against each other. Highly recommend!!



    Easy to put together excellent design



    Wonderful project! Highly recommend! My 8-year old loved it and built it primarily by himself!



    It was a big hit with our grandsons! We had so much fun helping putting it together and then playing chess!! ?

Your cart is empty

Shop in the KiwiCo Store ➜
Check out ➜