Pistachio Floating Top Cribbage Boards

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-03-2018 06:49 PM 3205 views 7 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the boards originally ordered. They have male pistachio tops and mesquite bottoms and drawers for the cards and pegs. I made these drawers thicker so the pegs can be loaded straight up. They each have 2 pairs of magnets to hold them in and I put a finger slot in the bottom to open them. I relieved the top of the bottom pieces to give them a floating top effect. The pistachio had some inclusions that I had to fill with turquoise.

The are 1 5/8” x 5 1/2” x 13” and finished with Danish oil and then buffed and waxed.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 06-03-2018 07:18 PM

Wow, so beautiful!

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#2 posted 06-03-2018 07:39 PM

Extremely nice

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 06-03-2018 07:56 PM

I can see ardent crib players paying good money for this one Jim, thats a real character top, real nice job Mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 06-03-2018 07:58 PM

Great looking cribbage boards.

Much harder to make than many realize.

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#5 posted 06-03-2018 07:59 PM

Looking great Jim !! That is some beautiful wood !!

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#6 posted 06-03-2018 08:02 PM

Another nice Cribbage board!

What got into you to give you the Cribbage bug?!

Have you made a drilling template yet… for drill press &/or router? To make it easier?

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#7 posted 06-03-2018 09:35 PM

Love the grain and the turquoise fill!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 06-03-2018 09:36 PM

Nice job on those. I really like the coloring of the wood with the effect of the fill.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#9 posted 06-03-2018 10:33 PM

Another nice job Jim

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#10 posted 06-03-2018 11:28 PM

Your doing great work on these Jim. like the comparison of the woods. Must be a good seller.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#11 posted 06-04-2018 12:25 AM

Thanks you all for the nice comments on these boards. These were the two I needed to make for customers but I had such a bad piece of pistachio that I had to carefully lay it out to get the pretty parts into 2 . The bottom of those boards have some pretty good cracks but they are hidden forever now. By making them this way, it was much easier to mill the drawer opening from the top of the bottom piece. That should be all of them for a while.

Hi Pete. I hope so. I want them to be like a pieces of furniture along with being a game board.

Hi Ralbuck. I doweled the top to the bottom to finish machining the contour to both pieces at once and then took it apart to make the drawer pocket.Then comes the drilling of the 256 holes.

Hi Joe. I did make a steel template that I used on all 4 of them. I think I’ve gotten cribbage boards out of my system now!!

Hi Kelly. I had to fill those voids because the took away for the nice look of the pistachio. The turquoise inlay always add to it!! I bought some red coral inlay and Iml looking forward to just the right piece to use it in!.

Hi Bob. Pistachio always sells well..especially with turquoise in it. I have a lot of female pistachio but it is in real bad shape. It is 70 yrs old and has lots of rotten sections in it.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 06-04-2018 01:18 AM

Beautiful looking boards Jim You come up with nice looking wood all the time again nice work


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#13 posted 06-04-2018 08:51 AM

Excellent Mate.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#14 posted 06-04-2018 11:54 AM

Thanks Bill and Bob!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 06-04-2018 12:33 PM

I can see why the Pistachio boards sell better. Great looking boards Jim. A steel template? Sounds like it may not be out of your system yet.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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