Here is a great 2 in 1. It is a photo frame and also a chess board. When you are not heavy into a game of chess, just flip it over and display your favorite photo.
Build this beautiful chess board and storage box using these easy-to-follow instructions.
This may look like a complicated project but it is actually easier than you think. Build your own game board using this free tutorial.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a chessboard in the Greene and Greene style. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online.
This chess board is designed to sit on a table, with lift up lids and two compartments for chess or draughts pieces.
A few square feet of veneer, a piece of MDF, and a few hours in the shop make for a great chess game. You can make the board any size you like, and put any style border on it.
At first look it may seem to be almost impossible to be able to achieve a consistent and uniform series of squares that will fit together to make a perfectly geometric chess board, but when you follow the instructions I am about to give you, you will see how easy it really is.