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Large squares for 4" King and taller chess sets. Frame is curly maple, the squares are set proud 3/16" and trimmed with a narrow band of Honduran mahogany. Glued in strips then cut and flipped every other. Squares are actually 3/4" thick. Board surrounded by frame then, both were glued to 1/2" birch plywood. sanded in 200 grit increments from 150 up to 1500, then finished with walnut oil and wax. Last winter there was warpping, it returned to normal this summer. I plan address this issue on this piece later. If I were to make this board again, I would glue the squares to the birch plywood flush. Then rout a groove around the entire board, groove and attach a thicker frame with multiple biscuits. I have done it this with no warping on one other board since. This board will likely become the top of a chess table. I enjoyed making this, my first nice chess board project. My frames are much tighter now too.

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Nice board, love the figure!
 

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Well done nice looking board.
 

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Your work is impeccable. Nice job on the wood combination. Well done.
 

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Very nice work. Gorgeous wood. I recently bought a Krenov book, The Impractical Cabinetmaker, in which he builds a chess table with a twist. He put little gaps between all of the squares, which I am assuming are to allow for expansion.
 

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Nice shape and finish. Board is great
 

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PLEASE don't glue the chess board to the plywood. You DOOM it to failure, warping or worse. The squares need to expand and contract with the changing moisture content of the air as your seasons change. Next time make your outer square run a half inch wider than the others. Then form a tenon on the outer rim (with the extra ½" of material) that fits into a slot in your frame. You can glue the center 1 inch of the board to the frame on 2 opposite sides and leave about 1/16 gap inside the frame all the way around for expansion. Spacer balls, used for cabinet panels, can be placed around the rest of the board to keep it from rattling. This will make your board very happy! Good luck!
 

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Thanks for the comments. Thank you "Namenick" for your response, your way is how I will attack this next time. Your info is exactly the kind of input that helps all of us become better and more successful woodworkers.
 
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