Christmas spiraled out of control

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Project by Mumbly posted 12-14-2018 10:54 PM 1282 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cribbage is big in my FIL’s family, every gathering that involves more then one of the men, also involves at least one game.

Ever since I started this hobby I’ve wanted to make a board for her grandfather. So this year I had the gumption, plus the wood. That lead to me making the elm with the spalted maple and walnut (elm and spalted maple came from our property)

Shortly ther after a series of events led to the rest. I had a cancelled mantle, plus my supervisor gave me a trailer full of hardwood lumber (walnut, oak, soft maple, pecan). So I decided to take a similar design, and for all of his sons (my FIL’s generation), excluding my FIL, and make them hardwood boards with inlays.

Those boards consist of cherry w/ walnut, walnut w/ hickory, oak w/ cherry, oak w/ sugar maple, and sugar maple w/ cherry. For my FIL (obviously reverse nepotism comes into play) I made him sugar maple, with spalted maple and walnut inlay.

At that point in time, I had 4 weeks till Christmas, and decided to extend this to the grandsons. I have grown weary of this project and wondered why the F(!!!!!!!!!!!!!) I have gotten myself this deep. So those 4 boys (men) get the solid boards (elm, walnut, oak, elm)

The biggest thing you should notice is no two boards are the same wood/combination.

No with it being a little under 2 weeks till Christmas. I’ve got to get them game pieces. So I’ve taken some 6 penny duplex nails, I’ll leave half the original “bright” finish, and I have “blued” and cleared the other half.

I still have to trim the game pieces, and I plan on giving everyone of the recipients a typed “5 minute Q&A” as I don’t want to answer the same questions hundreds of times.

Hope you enjoyed the story

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#1 posted 12-14-2018 11:05 PM

Nice boards! FYI… I order my pegs from

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#2 posted 12-15-2018 12:19 AM

Thanks for the link, I’ll have to check them out for the future.

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#3 posted 12-15-2018 12:00 PM

I’ve noted Cribbage is huge this year on Rockler’s website. I’ve never played, so maybe I don’t know what I am missing? I do note you’ve drilled a BUNCH of holes though. The double headed nails as pins, is a winner, from the easy peasy school of thought.

Thanks for posting, they look great.

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#4 posted 12-15-2018 02:52 PM

Great gift project and well done too. You probably are entitled to a PHD in drilling after doing all those holes so precisely! I have never played cribbage myself, but I do remember back in the 1940’s that my father and uncles always played at family get togethers.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-15-2018 06:36 PM


Yes!!!! A lot of drilling!!!! Near as makes not difference 3000 holes. I used the rockler standard double track template, which made it “easier”….. but it was still tedious as hell.

Her family taught me how to play one night after I had a few beers in me, they then proceeded to let me win several games….. and while I have a basic understanding of the game, I have no idea how the scoring takes place.

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#6 posted 12-15-2018 08:29 PM

Cribbage is a great game and those are great boards! I learned to play at University and played for beers. That training was great when I became a Navy officer – we played a lot in the wardroom. Taught both my sons to play and my 12 year old grandson is getting quite good.



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#7 posted 12-16-2018 06:12 PM

Hours on the drill press? Good job on all the boards. Now you have me wanting to make one.

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