Had an order come in for an oversized chessboard - each square is about 3 inches. So it's big. The person wanted a maple frame around it, which at first I thought "OK, no big deal", but then I realized that on half of it I'd be gluing end grain to side grain, and with the humidity fluctuations here in the northwest.. that's a recipe for disaster.
This is the part I can't figure out. Looking at chess/checkerboards online, there doesn't seem to be a single one with that issue - there is grain going every which way with no apparent concern, even on the silly expensive ones. I would have assumed that the miters would break apart in short order given that you've got expansion forces trying to move and the ends are glued in tight.
Am I making a mountain out of a molehill? Like, you're not supposed to do that on tables and cutting boards - what makes chessboards different? At the end of the day, can I safely glue up a chessboard framed like the guy wanted, or is it going to break?