I've been asked to give a price estimate for building a pretty straightforward chess board. Before arriving at a price, I need to figure out how I'd like to build it. I can think of several ways it can be done, but I'm curious what other folks' experience might have been. End grain or face grain? Solid or veneer? I'm leaning towards thin stock (say 1/4" or so) laminated to a stable substrate like MDF, with a simple frame around the edge to conceal the MDF. The back would be veneered to also hide the MDF.