Snakewood cribbage board?

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Forum topic by QLucas posted 09-16-2017 04:01 AM 694 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2017 04:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: snakewood shaping question

Ever since seeing snakewood online, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of making a cribbage board from it and have been frequently perusing ebay to find a suitable piece. However, after reading some about this wood, I’m wondering if it will even work for my application since it seems to crack frequently while being worked.

My plan is to buy a flat piece and simply drill the holes into it (hopefully no working of edges). I am planning on placing a block of something else underneath the snakewood so that I don’t have to find as thick of a piece. This will also allow me to drill all the way through.

If you have worked with snakewood, do you think this will work or will I get too much cracking? Could you run a piece through a planer? Tablesaw with sharp blade? Are certain tools better than others for shaping it?

Also, do the spots eventually go away completely?

I’d appreciate any advice. I just don’t want to spend that much money and then ruin the wood.

-- Quin, Idaho

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#1 posted 09-16-2017 04:20 AM

I have worked snakewood.Its just about the hardest wood you can imagine and it’s very expensive.
I also remember being sensitive to the dust so be carful if you do try your hand at it.
I used it to make handles for some of my fancy boxes.
Good Luck. Heres a link to a supplier.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 09-16-2017 07:23 PM

Thanks for the reply. How’s the coloring holding up on the handles?

-- Quin, Idaho

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