Mini Bowling Alleys.....More Scraps.....

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Project by JL7 posted 10-16-2011 04:06 AM 1946 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, some more bowling alley scraps…..yes, little bowling alleys made from Hard Maple bowling alley scraps…..

My kids (20 and 18 now) just roll their eyes…. Guess I can’t blame them….

I have all these bowling alley Maple scraps so I resawed them on the bandsaw to make a bit smaller scale. Made a clock and cribbage board that I’m thinking may stay in the shop. They have keyhole slots but I also made some simple little hangers for the shop cleats.

Cribbage board has a dovetailed sliding door to keep the pegs stowed. The pegs are Walnut and Yellowheart (just to stand out a bit) and were spun from square stock on the drill press with a sanding block. Not that precise as you can see, but will do the job…...

Regardless of the opinions, I really enjoyed this one…....Appreciate your comments…..


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 10-16-2011 04:12 AM

Cool use of the scraps. Like the use of the handmade cribbage pegs as well.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 10-16-2011 04:51 AM

Sweet projects all the way around. Do you have a drilling template for the cribbage board?

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#3 posted 10-16-2011 05:03 AM

Thanks clieb91 – appreciate it!

Brett – I use a Rockler templete for the cribbage board, and it is designed to use a self centering 1/8” bit. Long story short – I used the template and self centering bit a while back on a different board, and it was miserable. The bit was constantly clogged…

This time, only a standard 1/8” brad point and used the fence on the drill press to keep the rows in ckeck…..much faster also!

Thanks for the comments…....


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 10-16-2011 05:38 AM

Hi Jeff, seems your maple inventory is never-ending.

I guess the sliding feature was the most challenging. Came out great

Now Brett, should you want this kind of cribbage board, you´d rather first find a nail-less bowling lane, Lol

-- Back home. Fernando

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#5 posted 10-16-2011 06:04 AM

Hey Fernando,

I still have a bit of maple left…hehe. These were all glued up (the maple parts that is) in one shot, so that was probably the trickiest part. First thing, crosscut all the parts to the correct length – some rows have 2 or 3 pieces so the trick is to keep the end grain joints tight.

Built a fixture for the glue-ups that worked pretty well.

The sliding dovetail was fairly simple using the Incra router table….that is the bomb…....

Nice hearing from you my friend.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 10-16-2011 02:15 PM

Love the Cribbage board. The extra little bowling icons you used are a real treat.
The storage compartment is cool too. Nice.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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