Christmas Cribbage Board (4 years in the making!)

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Project by DBuonomano posted 12-24-2013 06:52 AM 6214 views 15 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this cribbage board has been bouncing around my shop since March 2009… I started working on this when I first started getting into woodworking and my ambition kind of out paced my current skill level. My initial goal was to finish this in time for Fathers Day 2009, but I missed that goal by a little bit!

There were a variety of reasons that it took four years to finish this project; having twins, buying a new house, putting a 1/4” chisel through my index finger which healed up nicely :), etc… but about a month ago I decided that it was about time that I commit to getting this thing finished!

It’s made with walnut and maple with an inlay from Rockler on the cover. The hardest part of this project for me was getting the track in and all the holes drilled out, there are a total of 532 9/16” holes in this thing! That’s a lot of drilling. The drawer underneath is held in place with rare earth magnets. Considering all that I’m extremely happy with how this came out, and just hope my father enjoys it!

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#1 posted 12-24-2013 07:10 AM

Looks like you got those holes lined up just right.
Seems like it takes me that long to finish some projects and I’m retired.
Great build….....................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 12-24-2013 08:26 AM

Very, very nice…I’m sure it will be loved. I have made several different boards and I know what you mean about the holes. I tend to get in a hurry drilling and find the holes are not clean enough…so I slow down

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 12-24-2013 10:54 AM

Worth the wait, great job!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#4 posted 12-24-2013 11:17 AM

Great job. Really nicely done.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-24-2013 11:26 AM

Very nicely done.

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#6 posted 12-24-2013 09:27 PM

Outstanding! Cribbage is an old favorite of mine, taught to me by my father over 30 years ago. My 14 year old son is pretty good and his 11 year old sister is just learning.

I am glad you admitted how long it took to finish, I have had the idea of a cribbage board similar to this rattling around in my head for years. The maple inlay appears to also be a big challenge and you pulled it off nicely.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#7 posted 12-25-2013 04:28 AM

awesome board

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#8 posted 12-25-2013 05:59 AM

Thanks for the nice comments! This was definitely a learning project; especially as I would start working on it and realize I needed a new tool or a new technique that I didn’t want to try for the first time on expensive walnut! I’d love to make a second one for myself and have a few new ideas I can’t wait to try out!

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#9 posted 12-26-2013 06:42 AM

Looks awesome. How thick is the playing surface? And what kind/size blade did you use to do the inlay cut?

-- TIme in the shop is time well spent.

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#10 posted 12-27-2013 12:22 AM


Glad your skills caught up with your ambition!

Thanks for sharing.


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#11 posted 12-28-2013 03:34 AM

sfrenchfry – The playing surface is just 3/4 walnut, but is raised up about 1/2” which created enough room for the drawer underneath. The inlay is 1/8” maple which I first cut out the to get the final dimensions of the track. Then I placed it on the final position on the walnut, and marked the edges with a marking knife. I then used a router to remove the bulk of the material and cleaned up the edges with a chisel.

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#12 posted 01-20-2014 04:27 AM

Well, that is a great job. Such great lines, clean corners. I absolutely love it. My dad taught me how to play cribbage years ago. He grew up playing, and has quite the collection of cribbage boards. I travel for a living and have bought many boards from around the world, to add to his collection. Boards made from everything from reclaimed barn wood, to the lower jaw bone of a walrus. It has been a long time coming that I make him one. And your design is almost identical to the one I am designing for him. I am actually looking to make it a through inlay on a scroll saw though. I hope it turns out as nice as yours has. Have a great time playing on that beautiful board. Thanks for posting.

-- TIme in the shop is time well spent.

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