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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-21-2018 12:06 PM 1079 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a natural edge mesquite cribbage board with a storage drawer inside. It does not look exactly like the mesquite that I am used to but I helped haul the log out of the desert North of Apache Junction and to the saw mill so I know it is. It measures 1 1/2” x 7 1/2” x 13 1/2” and has 1/8” holes for a two player game.

I made it in two pieces and milled half of the drawer pocket in each one and glued them together. There are 2 pairs of 10mm rare earth magnets in the back of the drawer and I milled a finger slot in the bottom to pry the drawer off the magnets to open it…it snaps open and shut. It think 2 magnets on one side would have been enough but I like symmetry! The turquoise fills the worm holes where I extracted all the worms that were sill alive in the log.

The drawer was made to fit a deck of cards and the pegs. I did not want to just throw the pegs in loose, so I did some turning on a little holder to stick the pegs in from each side and drop it in behind the cards.

I finished it with Danish oil and just buffed and waxed it so there was no finish flowing into the small holes or the drawer cavity.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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John Stegall

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#1 posted 05-21-2018 12:14 PM

Jim, superb job! This is, of course, exactly what we have come to expect. Beautiful execution and I really liked the idea of the peg holder. Ingenious!
This mesquite is exactly like the boards we get here in Texas. Thank you for continuing to post these excellent ideas!

-- jstegall

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Bob Collins

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#2 posted 05-21-2018 12:37 PM

Another great project Jim, your always coming up with something out of the box. Well done.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 05-21-2018 01:36 PM

Another well thought out project. Nice design Jim! It’s nice when everything you need is all in one place!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 05-21-2018 01:40 PM

At first I was wondering why it was so thick until I saw the drawer. Like the idea.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 05-21-2018 02:59 PM

Thanks John, Bob, Tony and Dave!!

Hi John, maybe this log came from Texas but it is a bit different looking than all the regular mesquite I have. Someone dumped it in the desert and they guys in our park found it when they were rock hunting at the base of the mountains so we took a truck and trailer and 5 guys and rolled it on. John Goodwin cut it up at Dead Tree Salvage.

Hi Bob. I now have a steel template for the pattern and plan for 3 more boards, at least.

Hi Dave. Yup, the 3/4” thick deck of cards determined the drawer size. I made 2 drawers and the next board is going into the mill today. The pattern is drilled.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 05-21-2018 03:15 PM

Jim, this is a very nice cribbage board. The wood is outstanding.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 05-21-2018 03:27 PM

Not easy ro leave a slab of lumber look like a slab and still have multi functions – also the finish idea is a nice touch
Good job Jim !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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ralbuck

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#8 posted 05-21-2018 03:46 PM

Beautiful board.

I play cribbage and also make boards, not as nice as your though.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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majuvla

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#9 posted 05-21-2018 04:28 PM

I bet it looks and serves just as it should.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Festus56

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#10 posted 05-21-2018 05:45 PM

Great job!! That is nice Jim!! I make a lot of custom boards and always make a template for each layout also.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- http://www.jmh-limited-editions.com/home.html --

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averagedadworkshop

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#11 posted 05-21-2018 06:24 PM

This is awesome Jim! I love the idea of the peg holder to keep things tidy!

-- "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 05-21-2018 07:14 PM

COOL cribbage board with a storage drawer inside.

Great job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 05-21-2018 08:36 PM

Thanks Charles, Dick, Ralbuck, Ivan, Mark, Averagedad and Joe

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Kposty

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#14 posted 05-21-2018 08:55 PM

My wife really like your cribbage boards

-- Ken Lowell Mi

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 05-21-2018 09:34 PM

Thanks, Ken. Do you guys play? I can just imagine what kind of board you can make with your CNC laser!!!
I have 3 more in the works.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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