The first chess board I made looked a little small when all the pieces were set out on it. So I went back to the lumber store for more purple heart and hard maple to make a slightly larger one. The squares this time are 2″ rather than the 1 3/4″ of the old board. Two take home points here:
- The chess set looks way better now there is more room on the board.
- I bought rough lumber this time rather than the pre-surfaced stuff. I spent about the same money for both boards, but the new one is much thicker than the original one. I figured there was no point in getting the surfaced stuff given the amount I planed off after the glue-ups anyway.
I also made an extra queen of each colour to be used for pawn promotions, like the professional sets have. It has been a long time in the making, but I am very satisfied with the set and can finally call this project complete.