Custom Cribbage Board

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Project by jtriggs posted 01-01-2011 12:37 AM 4151 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a nice challenge recently from a neighbor. She bought one of my Minnesota cribbage boards and wanted to know if I would make a custom one for her to give to her bosses. They own a local restaurant called The Channel Inn and it sits right over the edge of one of the lakes in town.

She wanted me to make a board in the shape of the building. I struggled for a long time trying to talk her out of it since the building is just a long, low box. But with her prodding I came up with what you see here. I ended up woodburning the outline of the lakeside view, with the dock extending towards you, in between two lanes of the holes. I also woodburned the name in between the other rows and painted inside them.

I’ve made ears of corn for pegs. I’ve made hot dogs on a stick for pegs but she said she wanted beer bottles, and that’s what she got. The smallest turnings I’ve ever done but they came out pretty nice. Even have caps on them. I’m not a good enough painter to paint labels though.

My wife saw the woman just yesterday and she said the people loved the board. Makes all the hours worth it.

It’s nice to be challenged now and then.

Thanks for looking. Would love to hear any comments.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#1 posted 01-01-2011 12:48 AM

Great job. What was the process you used to make the holes for the pegs?

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#2 posted 01-01-2011 12:58 AM

How fun is this piece? It scores a 29 in my book (if you play cribbage, you will know what I mean). Like Chris, those little holes caught my eye—the countersinking is really clean and neat. Let us all know how you did that.

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA

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#3 posted 01-01-2011 01:10 AM

I lay out the design for the board in Coreldraw on my computer. I’ve got the system down now so that I can layout the path and the hole marks follow and align themselves automatically. I just have to make sure the curves are smooth and the path long enough so the holes have enough room to allow the pegs to sit side by side.

I then print out the layout, spray it with adhesive and glue it to my pre-sanded wood. I cut the rough shape with my band saw and then drill the countersinks with my drill press. I also drill the holes for the brass rod for the skunk and double skunk markers. I remove the paper with mineral spirits and finish the sanding and the wells on the back of the board for the cards and pegs. I even do all the finishing and drill the deep peg holes last so no finish plugs the holes.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#4 posted 01-03-2011 07:12 PM

I might have to stop by next time ice fishing Hall Lake to see if I can get a quick game in! Nice work.

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