At some point in your woodworking life, you’ll probably make a chessboard. The classic parquet pattern adds fun and function to an ordinary table. And a chessboard on its own makes a great gift, especially when surrounded by your favorite banding or inlay. When it comes to making a chessboard, veneer is the way to go. It is easy to cut accurately, easy to apply to an MDF substrate, and comes in hundreds of species and grain patterns. Even if you've never used veneer before, just follow these step-by-step directions and you'll soon have your own handcrafted chessboard.

From Fine Woodworking #219

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