Chess set - Shawshank Oak and Bubinga

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Project by triviasteve posted 08-15-2019 05:47 AM 819 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a project 2 years in the making. Clayton Meyer’s chess set… This is made from oak from the Shawshank Tree, and the opposing side is bubinga. The board has a walnut border. I haven’t quite finished the storage tray beneath the board… I’ll eventually line it with felt, but that’s going to be a pain in the butt to do.

I have about 100 hours in the pieces alone – and this is actually 1 of 7 sets that I have cut out. I still have 6 more boards to make. Yes, I’m a glutton for punishment…

I am beyond thrilled with how this has turned out, and it was a tremendous learning experience. Lots of trial and error and redesign of the board halfway through. I didn’t utilize any plans for the board – I just had a picture in my head of how I wanted it to be. It mostly came out that way.

I’ll be taking this board to the Shawshank 25th Anniversary festivities and will have it signed by the cast and crew that will be there to make it even that much more special.

A great and very challenging project, especially for an amateur woodworker.

Thanks for looking!

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#1 posted 08-15-2019 05:53 AM

Those figurines is magnificant story for itself! I also find very atractive and unique that board with those corners.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 08-15-2019 12:03 PM

Truly amazing. The board, the pieces, all of it. I really like the way you did the board corners. Just amazing work!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#3 posted 08-15-2019 01:16 PM

Wow! That’s an incredible amount of work and detail! Exceptional :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 08-15-2019 02:00 PM


Amazing patience and beautiful workmanship! You might have started as an amateur woodworker, but I’d say you’ve surpassed that status by some margin…
1 down, 6 more to go. A glutton for punishment?...Maybe, but I’d call it a labor of love and the joy of practicing your considerable skillset.

BTW. I got beaten in chess in 4 moves once. (In my defense, I was young) So yeah…I’m more of a tic-tac-toe kind of guy.

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#5 posted 08-15-2019 02:37 PM

You did an outstanding job on the would set. I have the patterns for that set, even the board, but have not had the nerve to start it. Maybe some day.

RCCinCN got beat in four moves, I taught my grandson how to play chess,,, I have never beaten him, even on the first game where I was “teaching” him. Not my game, but I’d like to make him a set.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#6 posted 08-15-2019 02:38 PM

Impressive, not everyone has the patience for such a large amount of work…let alone doing it 7 times.

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#7 posted 08-15-2019 03:48 PM

That is something! What will you do with six of them? Distribute to family? Really impressive!

-- Petey

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#8 posted 08-15-2019 06:41 PM

Wow! And I also learned about Shawshank oak.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 08-15-2019 07:24 PM

Actually it might have been three moves. Such is my shame…. ; )

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#10 posted 08-15-2019 08:01 PM

That is flat out amazing. Just a fantastic piece of workmanship!

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#11 posted 08-15-2019 08:44 PM

“I’ll eventually line it with felt, but that’s going to be a pain in the butt to do” This is what you find to be a pain in the butt??? Making those pieces would drive me crazy but the finished product is undoubtedly beautiful and you should be proud of what you’ve made.

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#13 posted 08-15-2019 10:31 PM

here’s part of the army so far…

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#14 posted 08-16-2019 12:35 AM

This is an amazing project I can’t imagine even carving one of the pieces near enough a whole set, this is a real work of art(s) Beautiful and a major work.

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#15 posted 08-16-2019 01:30 AM

holy smokes, ONLY 100 hours in the pieces? I would have way more…
nice work…

-- Jeff NJ

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