This chessboard was made with walnut burl and birdseye maple veneer for the squares. The outer border is made with kirelian birch veneer and the edging is solid walnut. I have finished this with a traditional French polish. You'll notice in the picture how it looks like glass. This is easily customizable and I carry a wide variety of veneers (50 to 70 on hand) for just about any job. This board has 1 1/2" squares but the square size is also customizable for any job.