A Homemade Nuts and Bolts Chess Set

If there's a chess player on your Christmas shopping list, you can save money, have some creative fun, and produce a present that pleases by fabricating and giving a homemade nuts and bolts chess set.

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After investing only three hours (including the time I spent shopping for the necessary ingredients) and $10, I'd fashioned an attractive and durable chess set.
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