Thanks.. and yes on both things. It does open and there is a rope light inside that bounces off a diffuser to light up the entire chess board.I'm inpressed JW, especially with the chess board, I've always wanted to have a go at stain glass but I'm hopeless at soldering, excuse me asking but I take it the lid of the box lifts up to keep the chess pieces inside, also I see a cable so I take it you have a small bulb inside to illuminate the glass?
Nice job JW and you've inspired me to have a go
The pieces are also made from stained glass ... each chess piece is made from 5 pieces of stained glass ((and the kings/queens and pawns all have marbles on them)) It took quite some time to do it, but it was fun.
I think I rubbed my thumbs raw everyday for about 6 weeks getting the pieces right.