Cribbage board 1

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Project by ackychris posted 03-11-2010 07:27 AM 2132 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While my brother was home for a few weeks, we built this cribbage board for my dad. It was a lot of fun, and really made us get creative to work around the occasional screw up and some warped thin wood. The deep chamfer along the front and back edges of the poplar is nothing more than an attempt to hide the top piece’s warp when the board is closed…and it actually ended up pretty cool. We repaired the drill-throughs with—drum roll, please—scotch tape. Not the prettiest fix, but it was our first cribbage board, and the shellac kinda hides the tape. A little bit. Well, not much. I don’t remember what kind of wood the top and bottom pieces are, but the middle is poplar. The whole thing is finished with a little natural stain and clear shellac. We got the track to stand out by masking it with painter’s tape, shellacking around the tape, then rubbing in some dark stain where the shellac hadn’t sealed the wood. The excess stain wiped right off the shellacked areas, so it really worked like a charm. Now I just have to learn to play cribbage.

-- I hate finishing. I never manage to quit while I'm ahead. --Chris

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#1 posted 03-11-2010 03:32 PM

not too bad chris. How were the arms after drilling 300+ holes. I hope you used a drill press. I wasn’t able to when making mine. nice job

-- wooley

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#3 posted 03-11-2010 07:37 PM

Thanks for the idea about using the shellac to mask off the color area! Looks good

-- Michael; Eugene, Oregon

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 05:29 AM

Nice application of creative thinking. Also, your Dad and I could enjoy a few rounds of cribbage.

-- Rick

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