|Project by Blackbear||posted 04-29-2012 01:27 AM||1495 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
I’ve helped my dad quite a bit growing up with different carpentry jobs, but it was all rough framing with a smidgen of drywall. I’ve always liked the idea of getting into woodworking though. It was one of those ideas laying dormant in the back of my mind ever since I was introduced to some of the fantastic furniture my great grandfather made while working as a shop teacher. I’m not really sure what triggered me to finally give it a try at the age of 29. Maybe having a home with a little space for tools finally instead of an apartment. At any rate, these cribbage boards were my first real projects. My dad and grandpa are big into cribbage so I decided to make them both a board for Christmas in 2010.
My mother in law gave me an old Sears table saw that i used to cut the wood strips. My coworker gave me a few strips of his leftover floor boards; Brazilian Cherry. I bought the curly maple from a big box store, picking through the pile. I bought a “track” template and self centering drill bit from an online woodworking supplier but didn’t use the track layout. Instead I used the template to make straight runs, moving the template one or two times down the board for drilling. And lastly I borrowed a bench top 6” jointer from another coworker to try out.
The glue ups went really well for my first time and I immediately learned the benefit of having a jointer. It took one less than perfect board for me to learn to put the finish I was using, Danish Oil, on before drilling the holes. If you drill the holes first, the Danish Oil seeps between the close holes leaving visible tracks that are slightly darker than the surrounding wood.
My family were surprised and loved the boards and I found a new and creative hobby.