I need contrast with walnut for a chess board.
Was going to do mahogany for a nice brown/orange kind of thing, but thought
better of it because I don't need (ie can't afford) a lot of mahogany right
now, and they only had huge boards. Was going to do maple, but they only
have soft, and it's very soft. Could do poplar or oak, but poplar's too
soft, and oak wouldn't look right. Cherry just seems completely
unsuitable, and it's the most expensive to boot.
I wound up buying a reasonably interesting looking chunk of birch. Cheaper
than most, seems relatively hard. It's a bit boring to look at, but it
seemed like the hardest, lighest wood I could come by with hard maple out
of consideration (not stocked locally at all).
Think this will look good for a chess board? What about eventually making a
chess set out of walnut and birch, once I get the hang of turning and feel
adventuresome enough to undertake such a project?
I haven't cut anything yet, and I can always do something else. I want it
to look snazzy, so if anyone sees long term problems with birch, then
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