Walnut Cribbage Board

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Project by Don posted 08-31-2013 02:02 PM 1910 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A lady contacted me and asked for a cribbage board to celebrate her Dad’s 60th birthday. We went through several ideas of what the final product would look like but in the end, this is what I came up with.

Her Dad is from Port aux Choix in Newfoundland so I wanted to find something to represent not only Newfoundland but something that would be very personal to him. Fishing boats, Cod fish, Pitcher Plants, Newfoundland dogs, and the RNR (Royal Newfoundland Rifles – Gallipoli & Beaumont Hamel) monument all fell by the wayside and the lighthouse near his home town (Pointe Riche) won the day.

I had two pictures of the lighthouse to choose from. The one I really wanted would have had a stretch of land carry out under the cribbage holes but the lighthouse would have been too tiny and the resolution would have been lost if blown up. We decided to go with just the picture of the lighthouse which left a blank area under the holes so I added the Newfoundland flag in there.

I picked up an 8’ board of Walnut a long time ago and I’ve been waiting to use it for a project that would show off the highly figured grain pattern. Couldn’t think of a better project for it. I don’t have a laser engraver so I took it to a local business to get it done. Got it back from the engraver, quick 320 grit sanding and applied 2 coats of Danish Oil and three coats of wax to finish it off.

I wish I could have bottled her excitement when she saw the board so I could replay it. She was absolutely head over heals in love with it.

ope you like and as always, comments and questions are always welcome.


-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 08-31-2013 07:37 PM

Nicely done : )

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#2 posted 08-31-2013 11:46 PM

Very nice!!!!

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#3 posted 09-01-2013 12:49 AM

yep…she’s mighty fine, my son!

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#4 posted 09-04-2013 03:53 PM

That will make a beautiful and special gift. Like the walnut and the engravings. Well done!

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#5 posted 09-04-2013 03:59 PM

Nice work. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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