Cribbage Board

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Project by Fraser Gandy posted 03-01-2012 09:50 PM 2887 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So i made this in about 10 hours, 2 hours each thursday (and a wednesday) after my own shop class, hanging around with other carpentry class doing my own thing. Luckily i had a template from Lee Valley for the top, but it still took about 2-3hours to do, first punching each hole with an awl, then drilling each hole on the drill press taking care to not overheat the bit. Glad i was able to get my hands on a saw horse to sit on..

The recess for the deck of cards was routed out using a template i made for a 1/8” guide bushing on a plunge router, its 3/4” deep so i did it in 3 passes. The peg hole was just drilled using a 2” forstner bit, and the magnet holes with a 1/2” forstner bit.

The top just clicks on with the magnets and gives enough strength to hold the top on upside down. If you give a decent enough shake however the top will fall off, but its a good piece of work, so I’ll just take care not to throw it around.

All surfaces finished with 2 coats boiled linseed oil. Top is made of Poplar, base is Walnut.

Dmr. Gandy

-- Drummer Gandy

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 12:49 AM

Nice board recently made one myself also made pegs

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 03:10 AM

HOLEY MOLEY! You exhibit great patience and perseverence as well as craftsmanship.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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Fraser Gandy

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#3 posted 03-02-2012 02:04 PM

Rick thanks for the nice comments.

Rob, I’ll check it out, i couldnt have been bothered to make my own pegs, also i dont have access to a lathe.

-- Drummer Gandy

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#4 posted 03-02-2012 05:05 PM

I like it. Especially the continuous pegging. I get easily confused about which direction I’m going on the older style.

I thought for holding the top on. How about using a pin in place of one of the magnets and having the lid rotate with just the one set of magnets holding it in the closed position. I did this recently with a turned salt cellar lid. (check my projects). You can get brass rod and matching size tubing that acts as a reenforcement for the bearing surface of the holes at most home supply stores.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Fraser Gandy

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#5 posted 03-02-2012 07:57 PM

The plans actually called for that. with the peg recess being close to the botton magnet, and the deck recess being at the top, with a brass rod at the 103 hole… i forgot to buy a brass rod though when i was buying my materials and so i just decided to go with two sets of magnets. works just fine for me!

i also prefer the continuous style board, the other just looks funny and its harder to see how far ahead of the person you are ;)

ps. im not that good at crib, but i enjoy it even though im not great

-- Drummer Gandy

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 03-03-2012 06:57 AM

I’ve been thinking of making one of these, a timely post for me; nicely done.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Fraser Gandy

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#7 posted 03-06-2012 08:51 PM

Got an offer 2 days ago of $100.00 for a crib board, basically exactly the same as this one from a friends dad out in BC!! – When my friend heads back home at the end of April she’ll bring it with her to BC.. was e-transfered the money today for materials and labour!! (about $50.00-$60.00 profit)

I think thats a pretty sweet deal, considering although tedious, the labour isnt That bad. Hello paycheck!

-- Drummer Gandy

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