All the chess boards I could find locally were plastic, cardboard, or just tacky and cheap.  All the nice ones were more than I was willing to pay.  So I made mine from 2 1/2 inch squares of maple and oak.  I would have liked to have done the binding with purple heart and oak, but since there was no purple heart  available locally I made a binding from laminated oak and maple stained carabet red.

The chess pieces I ordered from the good folks at

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