I find it better to think of boards as being views of sets of issues, not issue containers.
The main thing that means is that a board has to select which issues to work with. It does that with a filter, and because Jira's filters are quite flexible, you can do all sorts of things with it. A board for all your Epics, a board for several projects, a board for assigned to Dave, a board for issues over 14 days old, and so on. And, of course, you can make much more complex filters too.
So, on your notes, yes, you can do most of that. But you can't quite do the last line. Workflows and fields on issues are done at a project and issue-type level, so a board has to represent those, not configure them (although you can configure boards to show or ignore the fields)
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