Louis Cube Cribbage Board

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Project by WibblyPig posted 08-29-2009 03:47 AM 6317 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the Louis cube cribbage board. Louis cubes are named for King Louis XIV of France (when this type of work became popular) The woods are fiddleback maple (light), walnut burl (dark) and mottled makore (reddish). All the pieces are cut as 60 degree diamonds. Once you make a jig, it’s fairly easy to cut them, just very, very tedious to make all those repetitive cuts.

As usual, it’s framed in walnut panel molding and finished with a few coats of clear shellac, rubbed out with 0000 steel wool and a final rub of wax.

(You can see a chess board under construction in one picture – red maple burl and walnut burl – it will probably have some sort of Celtic knotwork around the border.)

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#1 posted 08-29-2009 04:21 AM

Looks very good.

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#2 posted 08-29-2009 04:22 AM

Super 3D effect ….my eyes are still buggin’ : ) Great job !

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#3 posted 08-29-2009 04:38 AM

It has a wonderful pattern, very nice work.

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#4 posted 08-29-2009 08:17 AM

Awesome cribbage board!
Are the woods a veneer or of a richer thickness? I would be interested what type of jig you constructed to make the 60 degree cuts, if you do not mind sharing.
One last question, do you take Gravol before playing?

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#5 posted 08-29-2009 12:23 PM

Tres Beau ! (French for that’s beautiful) How about a secret drawer for game pieces and cards? Just a suggestion.

This board is over the top, nice work ; )


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#6 posted 08-29-2009 04:06 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. I was going to give this one to the VA hospital but figured it might cause complications…

It’s all 1/42” thick veneer over MDF. The jig is a 12” piece of plywood with a piece of maple glued and screwed to the back to make a fence. Then I cut another piece of maple at exactly 60 degrees. That piece is glued and screwed to the fence (using a 30/60/90 triangle) to make a stop block with the 60 degree side facing in on the right side of the table. (A picture is worth a thousand words so I’ll try and take one today sometime but I have a sick 5 year old and it’s my wife’s birthday weekend…)

Then cut a bunch of strips of your veneers to whatever width you’ll use; I used 3/4” on this one. The smaller the strip, the better the effect but the more work. Then lay one strip against the fence and cut the end to 60 degrees. You can then lay the cut end into the stop block and it should nest in perfectly. The next part is the really critical part. You have to cut a PERFECT diamond (another 60 degree cut). You’ll use this for your pattern so if it’s off by just a little bit, the error will be compounded on every piece.

Once you cut your perfect diamond, you clamp another 30-60-90 triangle to the board. Set it so that when you lay your first triangle against the second triangle and the fence, it lines up with your perfect diamond. Then you just push your strips against the stop block, lay the triangle down and start cutting diamonds.

I’m sure that I did a perfectly craptacular job of explaining it because I was up every few hours doling out medicine so here’s a link:

And if you want to learn more about marquetry and parquetry in general, this is an excellent book:

The Marquetry Course
by Jack Metcalfe and John Apps

If I can get some caffeine in me and the kids down for a nap, and my wife out of the house to enjoy herself, I’ll try and post a more intelligible description with pictures.

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#7 posted 08-29-2009 06:10 PM

Very cool crib board. I love to play. I’d love to play on a board like this. Way cool.

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#8 posted 08-29-2009 06:17 PM

Very Unique crib board well done

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