I made the Chess Board for a friend I was going to visit on vacation. He pours and paints Civil War chess pieces.
It is Walnut and Maple with a Padauk accent. Oil based Poly sprayed as finish. As I was constructing it, I set it down on the workbench and noticed it was difficult to pick-up laying flat, So I added 4"x 1" - "feet" with felt bottoms at the end of each side. The 1" elevation solved that problem and it was easy to pick up. I delivered it to WY, his home.