moonls and ellen35 collaborative project - cribbage board

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Project by ellen35 posted 12-11-2011 12:25 PM 4930 views 3 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As many of you know, Lorna aka moonls and I live about a mile apart on Cape Cod. We often get together to work on projects. This was an order from a woman in our town. She has ordered game boards from me in the past. Her husband just had a knee replacement and is rehabbing for the next 6 weeks. She wanted something special for him for Christmas and asked us if we could make a cribbage board. The top is a gorgeous curly maple that I found buried under the maple at the Borg (I always look on the bottom of the pile for the boards that no one wants – they have too much figure!). The bottom is walnut and the handle is purple heart. We decided to use some inlay that we bought at Woodcraft for a decorative edge (and to cover the seam). We left it proud and it looks really nice that way. We bought a template and bit from Rockler which made the whole chore of lining up holes a breeze – only 2 hrs of drilling ;-) – but we were one with the wood during that time!!! The drawer holds the cards and pins and it too is walnut.
We finished it using danish oil to keep the holes open. The bottom has a layer of felt on it. It will be off to the customer this week. Of course, we should have charged more for it than we did given the labor!!!
Thanks for looking.
ellen and lorna

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#1 posted 12-11-2011 12:50 PM

Wow! That is such a wonderful game box! The figure on the maple is just beautiful and I bet that it looks even better in person. That is going to be an heirloom piece for sure! You both did another fantastic job!

Sheila ;)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 12:53 PM

Well done, both of you. Lovely Maple top.

Templates are ideal for that many holes. Who knows you might want to make more.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 12-11-2011 01:48 PM

go to the bottom
of the stack

that is where
you will find the peace
you seek

become one
with the game

and all will be joyfull

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 12-11-2011 01:58 PM

I love the look of flame (curly) maple. So hard to find.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#5 posted 12-11-2011 02:48 PM

You guys rock!

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#6 posted 12-11-2011 02:49 PM

that is beautiful. the inlay is fantastic. very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 12-11-2011 03:07 PM

Nice work ladies.Great looking board,sure it will be played with and enjoyed for many years and games.

-- Mike Wix

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#8 posted 12-11-2011 03:55 PM

what a beautiful board, you got the drill pattern down really well, the inlay strip goes very well with it also, i love many aspects of it, the drawer is a great touch, and of coarse the wood selection is a beautiful piece…looks like these will be added to your line of inventory….good slection ellen…love it…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 12-11-2011 05:31 PM

Ellen, you and Lorna do truely beautiful work. I’m always on the lookout for great gift ideas and my father-in-law needs one of these.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#10 posted 12-11-2011 05:45 PM

Another great project , Ladies : )
That piece of Maple was a great find and perfect for this commisioned piece.
Funny how those other people don’t like the “defective” wood at HomeDepot. LOL.
Happy Holidays !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 12-11-2011 05:50 PM

That is BY FAR the coolest looking cribbage board I’ve ever seen.
You & Lorna have done a masterful job.
That wood is spectacular and the combination of the curly maple, purple heart and the inlay is absolutely top notch.
Applause to the both of you.
(or as my Chicago friends say, “to da boat of ya’s”) :)

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#12 posted 12-11-2011 06:18 PM

Beautiful project, and very cool to see the collaboration.

You already figured out the “gorgeous curly maple” part, but … I’ll just second that :-)

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 12-11-2011 06:40 PM

Wow, that’s a beautifully planned and finished design. Beautiful…......................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#14 posted 12-11-2011 06:52 PM

Ellen is a great woodworking partner with a perfect blend of creativity, practicality and artistic sense. Thanks for posting the finished project too!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#15 posted 12-11-2011 07:00 PM

Definitely a special gift!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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