|Project by jtriggs||posted 12-18-2009 06:48 AM||5808 views||5 times favorited||7 comments|
I found the nicest piece of wood a couple years ago in, of all places, my local lumberyard. I was looking for some thick walnut to make a cribbage board for myself and out of the bottom of the pile came this 12 foot x 12 inch x 1 5/8 inch beauty covered in birds eye formations by the thousands. My jaw dropped and I pulled out my billfold and paid for it. I got a good price as it had been there for years and years and also I don’t think they knew what they had. We finally settled on cherry as the wood species. Worked like cherry, burned like cherry but finished so nice.
Many years ago I made a cribbage board for my farmer, father in the shape of Iowa with ears of corn as the pegs. He has passed on but the cribbage board comes out every visit home to Iowa. I started laying out Iowa, Minnesota and later a few Wisconsin boards on CorelDraw at home and perfected the layout of the holes so it goes pretty fast. I ended up making about 10 or 11 cribbage boards out that cherry. I kept the last Minnesota board for me since I have lived here for many years now. I have had the itch to make more but couldn’t find a another bargain like that first piece.
My luck changed this summer as my wive’s BIL took a huge branch off a walnut tree in his yard. We found a local sawyer to cut it into 2 inch thick slabs. I brought it home to dry in my garage so I have to wait 2 years before it is ready. I went to an auction in Iowa this fall and ended up buying a small stack of walnut that was thick and I got enough to make 4 more cribbage boards and several things on my lathe when I get around to it.
Anyway, that is the long story about my little boards. I hand make the pegs with piano wire and a chunk of maple scrap. I chuck the wired into the drill press and turn the wood round, shape it and sand it there. I then hand paint them and dip them in poly to protect the peg for years and years of use. So far I’ve done plain colored pegs, the corn pegs and Green Bay, Chicago Bear and Viking colored ones for people.
Thanks for looking.