Michigan Cribbage Board

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Project by jtriggs posted 09-10-2015 04:08 AM 1710 views 6 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished my first Michigan cribbage board for my wife’s brother-in-law’s birthday. Turned out very nice. A big chunk of walnut.

My local awards shop makes the little brass plaques for about a buck apiece. A cheap way to personalize a job.

I found one heck of a piece of walnut for the door. It’s from the same slab of walnut but just a foot or two away makes a big difference for the grain and color. I couldn’t cut the Michigan shape out of the really pretty section of wood, too many defects, but the door was small enough to fit.

That makes Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Texas cribbage boards so far. Each one has their own challenge in laying out the hole pattern. My eyes get pretty crossed by the time I’m done counter sinking, drilling and then redrilling the holes to clean out the poly after the finishing is done.

Enjoy and love to hear your comments.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#1 posted 11-11-2015 05:42 AM

Being from Michigan, as my call sign suggests, I do love this cribbage board! I was wondering, instead of redrilling the holes to clean out the finish, couldn’t you finish the wood, and then drill the holes? Maybe use a drill with a countersink on it for a Professional look. Figured it might be a time saver. Paul

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#2 posted 11-11-2015 10:32 PM

Hi, Mip. I did try drilling the countersinks first, then doing the finish and then drilling the holes but the finish pools in the countersinks and when drilled it leaves ragged holes through the finish that look unsightly. I like to have finish on the countersink surfaces so the way I’m doing it seems to be the only answer. Thanks for your interest!

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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