Inlayed Cribbage Board

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Project by Dave77 posted 12-20-2012 02:57 AM 1801 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cribbage board was commisioned as a wedding gift for a gentlemen’s grandson. In order to teach the wife how to play they needed a board with 3 tracks. I made the tracks by inlaying 1mm ebony inlay broken by an ebony dot inlay every 5 holes. It is great to know that it is a gift that will be around long after the crock pots and blenders have died.

-- David Thiessen

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#1 posted 12-20-2012 03:36 AM

As a long time crib player I LOVE your crib board. It is simple yet beautiful. What did you use to cut the grooves for inlay?
I looked at your other projects and the Japanese box is a hit with me too.
Nice work David, nice work.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 12-20-2012 03:50 AM

Very cool design Dave – very well engineered. Clean, elegant and functional…....great gift.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 12-20-2012 03:57 AM

Hey thanks,
To cut the grooves for the inlay I made a slitting tool from a card scraper 1mm thick. On one corner of the scraper I ground a hooked tooth and filed a small v groove into the tooth so that it would score the fibers as it cut. Using a straight edge to guide the tool I can make several strokes and cut an 1/8” deep groove. The hook shape pulls the cut wood right out of the groove.

-- David Thiessen

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#5 posted 12-20-2012 10:52 PM

very clean look, a beautiful cribbage board. I hope to be able to do inlay work that good-some day.

Bill in MI

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