Trials and Tribulations #4: New Project - 2 Screw-ups in Under 30 Minutes

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Blog entry by DamnYankee posted 12-22-2011 01:15 AM 1177 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Started working on a cribbage board for my Grandfather. I am using some walnut he sent me.

I printed out a hole pattern. The pattern I’m using did not fit on one piece of 8.5×11 paper so I had to print one end and then the other with a significant portion of the pattern overlapping. Easy enough, print both pages, align and tape together. No problem right?

So I printed the two pages out, lined them up, taped them together. Then using painters tape, I taped the pattern to my piece of walnut. I start using a finishing nail and hammer making starting divots to make sure I line my drill bit up accurately. (I know there are several other ways to do this, but this is the method I chose.)

So as not to lose track of where I am at, I am punching starting divots along the pegging pattern. I am nearly done when I realize that when I taped the two pages together I made one block of holes only four long (for those of you who play cribbage you will know they should be five hole blocks). Oh snap! Did I mention I was far enough along that this meant I had to start all over with a new piece of wood.

Okay. New piece of wood. Realign the pattern so all blocks of holes are in five hole groups. Good. Tape pattern down. Start punching holes again. Nearly done. Oh crap! I made the board 45 holes too long. I had overlapped the two pages too long!

Now to start all over again!

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#1 posted 12-22-2011 04:08 AM

They say “Third times a charm…”
Now you just have to make that saying true.

Good luck and Happy Hole-idaze (i mean Holidays)!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 12-22-2011 04:36 AM

I think I’ve figured out a solution. I can cut the 5-hole blocks into blocks of the correct number and then attach them to a piece of maple. I figure with two boards of more than the requisite number I should be able to cut out enough tiles without having to worry if Ii mess some up on the process.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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