One day, I will own a lathe, and I will turn my own handmade chess set from maple and walnut. Or, perhaps I'll learn how to carve wood, and whip up a handcarved buncha trolls and goblins taking each other on.
Until then, I think this rolled paper chess set is pretty brilliant. Oh, and FYI - I suck at chess. For her chess champ's birthday, Jeromina created this completely custom travel chess set, using nothing but strips of black and cream paper, and a little Mod Podge to hold it all together.
And, she's providing all the measurements and instructions so you can roll your own.
Rolled Paper Chess Set [Paper, Plate, and Plane]