Dominoes Box and Cribbage Board

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Project by FrankyFiveAces posted 11-24-2011 05:55 PM 2593 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a set of dominoes using the Rockler template and drill bit. Once it was done, I quickly got tired of keeping it in a small cardboard box; it really detracted from the handmade dominoes. So I made the above project.
It is red oak with a sliding walnut lid. The sides are joined with splined miters, made with scrap from the walnut. I made a simple jig to cut the spline using my router table after some research and experimentation in some scrap pine. In theory a miter joint glued together will hold, but the contrasting wood in the spline turned out well. I finished it with Danish oil and a few coats of oil based poly.
The other piece of fancy that I added was to make the underside of the lid a cribbage board for keeping score. I divided the bottom of the lid into sections and drew out a template on a piece of 1/8” hardwood. Using double sided tape I sank holes in the walnut and scored a gentle groove between the sections. A set of wooden pegs from Rockler finished off the effort.

-- "Never give a sucker an even break." -W.C. Fields

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#1 posted 11-24-2011 07:40 PM

Nice combo game set!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 11-25-2011 09:26 PM

I like this project. I am building some small pencil boxes ans I wasnt sure how the sliding lid was going to mesh with my mitered corners on the opening of the box . But I really liked what you did

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#3 posted 11-26-2011 02:15 AM

Richard- The mitered corners shouldn’t be a problem with a sliding lid unless you add splines like I did. The lid has some unplanned maintenance cuts to make it fit if you note the angled cuts on the small end of the lid. Otherwise the lid was a breeze to get right. Simple straight bit in the router table to cut the groove in the box sides and back (a lot like for the bottom) and the front end needs to be shorter than the box by the thickness of the lid. Then cut a rabbet or dado in the lid. Got it right the first time, which still surprises me.

-- "Never give a sucker an even break." -W.C. Fields

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