The picture above is of a chess set my father gave to me when I was young. I've always enjoyed playing chess against my father and uncle.
One day while browsing for an interesting wood project to work on, I found someone on Instructables.com who made a fairly cool wood chessboard.
To see the original Instructables for this build, click here.
That person made theirs out of Cherry and Norway Maple. I didn't use these - instead I bought the most contrasting hues I could find at Lowes: Poplar and Red Oak. I bought 4 strips of each.