with the cradle nearly done, it's time to start on the projects for this year's stated fair. the first of which is the biggest of the bunch, a floating top chess board. the board itself is supported by 2 braces that are on the inside of the base, lifting the top so that for all intents and purposes, the top looks like it is floating free of the base. the base itself will be made of birch, and the frame of the top will be brazilian cherry, with walnut and figured maple for the squares. the braces will be walnut, so that they will be even darker while in the shadow of the board.