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5 Cribbage Boards

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Project by Arookar posted 06-19-2014 10:18 PM 643 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made my first Cribbage boards. I made a template out of some 1/4” plexi that I had lying around- then found it was too nice to use as a drill guide so I just used it as a marking guide. Made the all bases out of scrap- bottoms were some 1/4” plywood with edge banding of oak. All have rare earth magnets and brass pins to eventually affix the gameboard to the base- waiting till all the finish is cured to hook them together for good. Tops will swivel out to reveal the pocket for deck of cards and another for the pegs. Bases themselves are mixed: Pic 1: sycamore top is matched with juniper (center) and teak (top and bottom center) with chinquapin edges. Pic 2: Myrtlewood top is matched with white oak (center) and teak (top and bottom center) with chinquapin edges. Pic 3: Australian Cypress top is matched with walnut (center) and ambrosia maple (top and bottom) with monterey cypress edges. Pic 4: a real mixmatch- top is red oak, center is white oak, top center is teak, bottom center is ambrosia maple, one edge is maple and the other is chinquapin. Pic 5: top is pear matched with walnut (center), teak (top and bottom center) and monterey cypress edges. Pic 6 is my template. All were rubbed with Danish oil (natural) and then I sanded in some wipe-on poly after the oil dried a few days. As you see them they have been sanded lightly after poly dried with some 400 grit. Next will be a rubdown with 0000 steel wool and wax. One of them will be a gift for my son who just turned 40 a few days ago. Don’t know which- I’m giving him his pick. I know I can’t decide which one I like best!

-- The only gift is a portion of thyself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 06-20-2014 02:36 AM

Nice job on the boards!!.............Jim

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#2 posted 06-20-2014 03:36 AM

Great work there! I used to play cribbage alot – a fun game to take to the pub.

-- SteveL

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#3 posted 06-20-2014 10:41 AM

These are really really nice. I’d love one to play on!

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#4 posted 06-21-2014 10:42 AM

Good looking boards, just curious on how long it takes for you to drill the holes, they are perfectly aligned which can be difficult even with a guide.

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Arookar

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#5 posted 06-21-2014 04:45 PM

Thanks all for the comments.
OttoH: I never really timed myself, but I did get into a rhythm with the 5 boards. I used the template to mark holes with a nailset- which I think now is a mistake and next time I will use a pen or pencil. This is because the holes that I mark are guides only- and if for some reason they aren’t followed exactly, as happens, you may be left with a divot on the face of the gameboard where the final hole was drilled a bit off the marking. With a pen or pencil I can just sand it off without having to go too deep. First I set up the drill press fence to bore the outer rows. Then I drill that row on all boards. Then the same for the next one in, and so on. The curved part of the track is done mostly freehand. You really have to make sure the board blanks are all exactly the same width for this to work well. Hope that helps!

-- The only gift is a portion of thyself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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Arookar

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#6 posted 06-21-2014 04:46 PM

Thanks all for the comments.
OttoH: I never really timed myself, but I did get into a rhythm with the 5 boards. It probably took me a couple hours to completely finish holes in all 5 boards. I know it took at least 15 minutes to drill holes in the template. I used the template to mark holes with a nailset- which I think now is a mistake and next time I will use a pen or pencil. This is because the holes that I mark are guides only- and if for some reason they aren’t followed exactly, as happens, you may be left with a divot on the face of the gameboard where the final hole was drilled a bit off the marking. With a pen or pencil I can just sand it off without having to go too deep. First I set up the drill press fence to bore the outer rows. Then I drill that row on all boards. Then the same for the next one in, and so on. You really have to make sure the board blanks are all exactly the same width for it to work well using the fence on the straight part. The curved part of the track is done mostly freehand on the drillpress without the fence.Hope that helps!

-- The only gift is a portion of thyself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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