Wow guys! Thanks for all the input. I think moving forward with this project, I need to buy a cheap wood lathe from Harbor Freight. I know it's not ideal, but I can probably pick one up for $79.99 plus a 20% coupon. I also need to research how to do wood inlays. TimPa brought up a good point about the inlays, they look intricate and time consuming. That's a nice looking chessboard, Catpower. Thanks for the tips. I want to make my own board eventually too. I especially enjoyed everyone's view of Portland. You guys hit the nail on the head lol! Portland is a unique city for sure. Our motto is "Keep Portland Weird." I work right down the road from Voodoo Donuts. That place is popping all day long. And yes we have our shortcomings....they say every rose has its thorns and Portland is nicknamed the Rose City for a reason. Maybe once I get this chess set mapped out and finished I can start selling full sets out of my garage to offset the cost of living here...it aint cheap lol! If you guys have anything additional, please chime in. I'll keep you guys posted on how the project is coming!! Thanks again.