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Forum topic by redryder posted 09-07-2013 09:38 PM 1046 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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redryder

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09-07-2013 09:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing

I just purchased a great looking set of XL cribbage board templates and pins from Rockler.
I would like to make a couple of boards for Christmas presents.

My questions are: (1) Should I finish the wood before I drill the holes or after and (2) If I finish the wood after I drill the holes, should I use spray to keep it light or is brush on O.K. I would like to not screw this up particularly after drilling more than a hundred holes.

Thanks in advance, mike….......................

-- mike...............


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teejk

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#1 posted 09-07-2013 09:50 PM

wow…didn’t know many people played one of my favorite games anymore (did you get a “derby” layout)?

Anyway, I think finishing after the fact might fill the holes (but you some wiggle room on the pegs). Prefinishing I think you will mar the finish in the drilling operations. So maybe split the difference?

BTW a group of old guys I know play on a huge board…pegs are spent 30-06 casings…the holes are cut with a plug cutter!!!

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 09-07-2013 10:01 PM

I don’t think it makes a huge difference…

If you’re going to glue hole liners into the holes, might be better to Finish First then drill using a Bradpoint bit…
Use a drill press with a fence setup to help hit the centers.

I print the layout off the computer & tape to the board, tapped centers with a nail punch, etc. with a good impression.

Make sure it’s right before you start punching it… make sure it’s taped good.

When I made some (2), One was drilled before Finishing and One was Finished first then drilled… Both had hole liners and both turned out OK!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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teejk

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#3 posted 09-07-2013 11:04 PM

Joe…did you do the traditional “up/bacK” on your boards? It is a Pub-game after all and most people forget which direction they are heading after making the turns.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 09-09-2013 05:06 AM

I just used the pattern like a picture the customer wanted…

... used the computer to lay it out…

... Printed it out & used it.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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laketrout36

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#5 posted 09-12-2013 02:17 AM

I drilled all the holes and then wiped on the stain. It worked great. Keep in mind because of the holes you’ll have to increase your drying time. I probably used to much on my board but it turned out good and time wasn’t an issue for me. I noticed the Wenge and Sapele seemed to expel some of the stain for a couple of days after the application. Maybe thats called saturation.

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#6 posted 09-12-2013 03:26 AM

You stained Wenge and Sapele ??? What color(s) ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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laketrout36

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#7 posted 09-12-2013 11:49 AM

Minwax natural.

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