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If you are looking for high quality, handmade, wooden chess boards, you've come to the right place!  We are a small shop located in Bessemer, Michigan that produces handmade chess boards, chess tables, and other wooden items using the finest domestic, figured, and exotic woods available from around the world.  We specialize in custom, built-to-order chess boards and tables that are constructed to meet your specific design needs.  To begin the process, start by reviewing the information below.  If there are any questions, just let us know!



Products and Options:

Chess Boards:

-  From the simple to the elaborate, your chess board will be hand-built to your design specifications.  Chose from one of our popular models, or design you own board from scratch.

Chess Tables:
-  Own a chess table that is more than just a game table, but is also a work of art!  Warning, your friends will want to have chess night or your house from now on!

Game Boards:
-  Not into traditional chess, not a problem.  Get a handcrafted backgammon, hybrid chess, or other game board built to your design specs.

Other Items:
-  Humidors, boxes, furniture, or anything else; if it's made of wood, we can help!

-  All items offered on this site can be customized in just about any way you need, from sizes to wood choices to finishes.  All our items are built-to-order, from scratch, one at a time, so they can be built just about any way you chose.


Designing your board:

There are wide variety of designs, woods, and options available.  If you don't have a specific design in mind, the first step is to check out the Gallery and take a look at all of the past boards and tables.  If you find a specific board there that is exactly what you're looking for, that's all you need to do.  Just let us know and we will build a board exactly like the one you've selected.  Also, you can check out our Store.  Listed there are some of the most popular designs and models which can be customized.  From there you can simply add to cart and check out.  If you can't find exactly what you're looking for in the Gallery or Store, begin creating your own design.  This may be as simple as making one change to an existing design or as involved as designing a board from scratch.  When designing your own board, a good first step is to choose a basic style that best fits your needs.  Next, choose a playing square combination that you like.  Then, add in a border.  Finally, add accents and details to personalize the design.  There is additional information located on the Chess Board Design Page.  The page includes information on what to consider when designing and chosing a chess boards, as well as tips on what to consider when selecting woods and accents.  If at any time you have a questions about a design, just let us know.  You can provide as little or as much information as you want.  For example, if you have a particular playing square combination in mind, but are not sure about what border to chose, we can give you recommendations on what styles, colors, and combinations work best.  When contacting us, use the board numbers from the gallery pages to reference design, wood, or accent choices you like.  Also, we can give recommendations on what wood combinations work best with specific chess set colors, what accents go best with various color schemes, what finishes work best, as well as a variety of other information (more information on this is found on the Chess Board Design Page).  In some case we can even use software to create 3D models of your designs so you can see how they will look before construction even begins (charges may apply).  The design process can often take a while, but is the most important step in getting a chess board that is exactly right for you.  Make sure to take as much time as you need, ask any questions you have, and enjoy the process!




Because of frequent fluctuations in the prices of lumber, as well as lumber availability, we do not post prices on all the pictured boards and tables at all times.  Additionally, because of the custom nature of most designs, custom prices must be calculated.  However, in the Store section of the site, you can find find current prices listed for some of the most popular chess board models and designs.  Just click on the design and you will find a summary of the specifications and the price located at the bottom of the page.  Also, on the Windsor and Dover model pages in the Store section, you can calculate the prices of boards in a variety of woods and accent combinations for those models.  To do this, simply take note of the wood choices and accents choices you wish to use, go to the appropriate model page, and use the drop-down menus to input your specific choices for each element of the chess board (the Chess Board Desing Page provides information on the different elements of the boards).  The price will be displayed at the bottom of the page and will update in real time as you make changes using the drop-down menus.  If the design you are interested in is not a Windsor or Dover model board, you can still use those pages to estimate the price, since many similar designs will be similarly priced (please e-mail us for final, exact prices).  If you are interested in a design that is not similar to anything in the store, or if you have any other questions, feel free to e-mail us for a price quote.



Placing Orders:

If you are building a board using the Windsor or Dover model pages, or are choosing one of the Popular Designs listed in our Store and wish to pay in full up-front (3% discount applies), simply add the item to the shopping cart and proceed to checkout.  You can complete the entire process online.  If you are interested in a design that is not listed in the Store, or if you wish to make a split payment, please contact us for information on how to proceed with the order.  Please review the Information and FAQ's page for more information on what payment methods and options are available.

Lead Time:
All custom orders are hand built to order from scratch and so require time to complete.  Also, because of the large variety of unique woods species available, we do not stock a large inventory of wood and in most cases have to order the specific wood necessary to complete the specific project.  Also, orders are completed in the order they are placed, usually one at a time, so lead times will vary depending on the number and complexity of outstanding orders.  Currently, the lead time is approximately 12 weeks for new chess boards orders.  Very rarely we have pre-built, fully completed boards and other projects available.  When available, the will be posted on the home page and in the Store.  If you want to be contacted when new pre-built projects become available, please sign up for our newsletter.








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