Iowa Cribbage board

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Project by jtriggs posted 01-01-2011 12:57 AM 5454 views 7 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes you run into a piece of wood by accident and you find it difficult to sell once you see its beauty. Such was the case recently of this piece of walnut I made into an Iowa shaped cribbage board for one of my oldest friends to give to her brother for Christmas. We grew up across the road from each other and she visited me recently and loved my cribbage boards and wanted me to build one for her brother.

I picked out a rough sawn board someone recently gave me and when I got it planed I realized that this could be something special. Sure enough when it was all done I could hardly let it go. I’ve included a photo of one edge. To me it looks like a Hubble Telescope photo of some fiery prominence coming off the sun or something.

He’s a farmer so the corn pegs work perfectly.

Oh, well. Can’t keep them all. Got to get rid of them sometime.

Comments welcome.

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

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#1 posted 01-01-2011 01:18 AM

You’re right! That IS a beutiful piece of wood! I am sure it will be well appreciated. Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 01-03-2011 07:37 PM

Jon, what is the overall size of the board? Is your stoarge comp on the backside of the board? Did you make it a groove slider or a drop in plate with the slide lock? What drill bit did you use to get that counter sink affect? You picked a beautiful piece of wood and with the grain striation centered in the peg run makes the beauty of the wood stand out. Very beautiful and very well done. Having made/drilled some of these I APPRECIATE the work and craftmanship. Very well done. You friends brother will cherrish this for a very long time. Cribbage players take a certain pride in ownership of a beautiful board and this player will be REAL PROUD.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#3 posted 01-03-2011 09:20 PM

Overall size of my Iowa board is 8 1/2” x 13”. The storage wells were routed into the back side. I made a simple box template and use a thin template guide to route the thickness of my door out, then I switch to a thicker template guide. I tape down a metal ruler to act as a stop so I can rout out the card well then I move the ruler to another position to rout out the peg well which doesn’t have to be as deep but can be, it doesn’t matter. I cut the lid to fit in the recess, round the corners to fit the radius and then I hinged the lid and use a strip of leather for the pull and another piece of walnut with a countersunk hole and a brass screw to make the swivel latch.

Look at my other cribbage board photos in my projects list to see the hinged lid better.

I use a 4 flute countesink bit to countersink the holes. I’ve literally countersunk thousands of holes with it and it keeps on making nice smooth edges.

Thanks for the complements, everyone.

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

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