Followed Paul’s chessboard project. Cherry and curly maple for squares, cherry for the edges and ash for the dovetail splines. All done with hand tools.
Used curly maple and cherry for the squares, sepele mahogany for the frame and Purple Heart for the corner wedges.
Chessboard made with curly maple and (sort of) curly cherry. Border is Kahya. The center of the board is 1/4″ MDF with a layer of quarter sawn oak strips veneered to the underside to counter the chess board. A bit of oil-varnish to pop the curl and mellow the color of the maple. Then lots and lots of blonde shellac with a final topcoat of wax so that the board has a soft sheen instead of a distracting glare.