Anyone have cracks in chess boards?


I was working through my rounds yesterday doing splitting for the upcoming winter and found this gem that I thought was a beauty of how wood that dries too fast can act. This is cherry, I cut the tree down a year ago and have let the rounds dry for a year. You can really see how the drying/shrinking process causes splits through the end grain, where it's easiest to split wood.

This would fall into the extreme category. You would never dry lumber like this, but I figure its good imagery to add to the conversation. 


Bryan: You are giving most, if not all, of us lessons in wood and, for me and I suspect most, a lesson in how much we did not know about building a chess board. I can appreciate why I would want to buy from someone like you. There are too many shortcuts that will not turn out well later.


I am looking for a Quality Chess Set and was following up some recommendations here, particularly about where I found the link to 

I prefer a set made in USA, so like many proud people from all countries, I thought I had found what I wanted with the Heirloom Quality Chess board. But once again, was suckered in by False American Advertising which claims this to be a US Made Product, but when you get to the Chess Set write up it is only the board that is made in the USA.

I just thought I would mention this, as once a supplier lies to me in their ads it is hard to trust anything from them and wanted everyone to know the facts. So just be aware fellow Chess Lovers...BUYER BEWARE always, be sure you get what you think you are paying for.

Appears I will have to look for an Imported advertised that way!


I'm confused, which set did you buy? The Heirloom one says the pieces are made in India. Was there a different set you were looking at?


To be fair to Raphael Neff, it not only states the pieces are made in India but I also know of no company based in the USA turning wooden chess sets for many decades (my guess is about 80 years). Every set of chess pieces are imported unless someone private is making the set for you. The best wooden sets are all made in India. I copied and pasted the specs of the set or you can see for yourself at this URL.


  • 3 3/4" King
  • 1 1/2" Base
  • 32 Pieces + 2 Extra queens for that occasional pawn promotion
  • Felt bases
  • Ebonized Boxwood is created when Boxwood is specially stained to the black appearance similar to the desirable Ebony wood. This is ideal for those who like the black contrast at a reasonable price. The light pieces are finished in clear-stain Boxwood as with most sets of chess pieces.
  • Made in India


  • Board size: 21"
  • Square size: 2"
  • Board thickness: 3/4"
  • Handcrafted in USA

Looks pretty clear to me.