When making a traditional chess board from timber, the two different timbers are cut into 4 boards each… glued together in alternating stripes and then cross cut and rotated and reglued to make the checker design.. This also gives the squares the same direction of grain pattern.
I know that most people shy away from cutting all the squares and then gluing up each piece … but as most of you will know, I have had much practice and for me it is no more difficult than glueing two boards together..
Doing it this way enables me to have opposite grain orientation..
I selected the highly figured and coloured pieces of Camphor Laurel for the darker squares and as a contrast some very plain and indistinctive pieces as well..