Barrelback Cribbage Board

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Project by Norris posted 12-20-2016 12:40 AM 1136 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My parents purchased a lake cabin awhile back, so Dad’s Christmas present this year was a cribbage board designed to fit in at the new digs.

The board is made up of 3/16” mahogany and basswood strips inlayed into a 5/4” walnut plank. Next, the insets for the card deck and peg storage were routed before cutting the rough hull shape on the band saw. Fairing the length of the hull was done with a block plane and a palm sander. I shaped the more aggressive curves at the bow and stern by hand with a rasp and files.

As for finish, the deck planks were sealed with two coats of wipe-on poly and then masked off so the walnut could be stained. I used some old Minwax Red Mahogany on the walnut, and sealed with a coat of amber shellac. After the seal coats were cured, I applied several more coats of wipe-on poly to the whole piece, sanding and buffing with steel wool. I drilled the peg holes last, brushed in some poly to seal, and applied a final surface coat. I would like to have done another coat or two to even out some voids, but I ran out of time before the Christmas party!

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 12-20-2016 12:53 AM

Neat! Great looking project.

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#2 posted 12-20-2016 09:02 AM

Well done. Very nice work

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 12-20-2016 07:06 PM

This is a wonderful cribbage board and done so nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 12-20-2016 08:12 PM

I totally like the look of the board.

As a cribbage player; I wonder about the hole procedure! Looks like it takes 2 rounds for a game?

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 12-20-2016 08:23 PM

Although I favor a board where you make one trip around to complete a game, I’ve played thousands of games on boards like your but never one so beautiful. That is one very attractive board. That will look great in the cabin.

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

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#6 posted 12-20-2016 11:46 PM

Looks like it takes 2 rounds for a game?

- ralbuck

Yep! 2 rounds. I’ve tried a few other ways to add up to 121, but I’ve found the 30-hole length to be the least confusing if you don’t have room for a single run. Players should still be able to keep track of the skunks this way.

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