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Project by Triumph1 posted 04-23-2013 05:31 PM 6104 views 68 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The “Legacy” cribbage board/boxes were created in honor of the father of one of my best friends. A cribbage board was created for each family member, five all together, as a memorial of his passing. Joe Bernard was a great man and an amazing cribbage player. He was the sixth person to earn a Two-Star Life Master, awarded All American Team honors six times, and won 24 tournaments. His accomplishments with the game made naming the cribbage boards very easy.

Cribbage board bodies are curly maple with black walnut splines. The feet are made from Bolivian Rosewood. Two lid materials were used, Crotch Black Walnut and Leopard Wood.

The wooden plate with the dowel in the center is a spring loaded lift for the lid. The plate is made from Padauk. There is a button on the bottom of the box to push the lid up so you can remove it. You can remove the lid, flip it over and place it back in the box.

The box is 11.625” x 4.25” x 2.2” the board itself is 10.85” x 3.5” x .75”. The boxes where finished with three soakings of Danish Oil followed by buffing on a Beall buffing system.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 05:43 PM

Some real beauty’s Love the wood and how soft looking they are. Nice flow.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 04-23-2013 05:43 PM

These are really nice. The “simple” but beautiful box is very, very hard to achieve. Really nice job here. I like them a lot.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 04-23-2013 06:05 PM

Great work Jeff…those are five boxes that will always have a special memory for the family members…

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#4 posted 04-23-2013 06:06 PM

Very, very nice!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#5 posted 04-23-2013 06:14 PM

hey jeff, good to see you post, these are really beautiful, as with all you do, these have come out really well, sanded so smooth, the tops look more like marble then wood, what a wonderful thing you have done here, in memorial of your friends father, who was a master in his own right…ive never played this game, but feel like i will want to learn…

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

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#6 posted 04-23-2013 06:53 PM

A really fitting tribute, Jeff. The simplicity of the design counterpoints the richness of the materials used. Beautifully made as well.

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

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#7 posted 04-23-2013 07:56 PM

Beautiful work Jeff,a wonderful way to give tribute to your father.


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#8 posted 04-23-2013 07:59 PM

Wonderful boxes and a great tribute Jeff. I love the rounded edges and the woods are spectacular.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 04-23-2013 08:06 PM

These are absolutely gorgeous.

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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#10 posted 04-23-2013 08:36 PM

Superb. And a fitting tribute.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#11 posted 04-23-2013 08:47 PM

Lovely boxes and super craftmanship; also like the finish

-- God exists... But relax, He's not you!

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#12 posted 04-23-2013 09:37 PM

Now those are a useful and fitting group of boxes!

-- Doug...

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#13 posted 04-23-2013 09:37 PM

Very very nice Jeff.

Dang-nabbit you do nice work. Wonderful choice of woods and the finish on these just yells to be touched.

And the little spring thingy is so Triumph1. I love it.

Did you really drill all those holes by hand? CNCs are really good at silly stuff like that.

Thanks for the inspiration,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 04-23-2013 09:43 PM

We love cribbage and I love your boxes. Would you mind adding a bit more information? I think I get the lid lifter concept but how is it done? Are the pegs in a bag? How big is the board? Is it a standard size (I have a template for cribbage but it’s big enough to use poles not pegs)?

Beautiful boxes for a great game. Thank you so much for posting.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#15 posted 04-23-2013 10:48 PM

Everything about these boxes are beautiful from the motivation to build to the craftsmanship.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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