Thursday, July 8, 2010

Custom Large Four person Inlayed Cribbage Board SHIPPED.........

This king size cribbage board is finished and was taken to Fedex yesterday for delivery.
The packing was completed  for a safe journey to its new home in Bakersfield, California...

The first coat of hand rubbed polyurethane has been applied and as you can see the grain in this beautiful walnut just popped.

After drying overnight, I will use fine steel wool to smooth out the surface and then reapply another coat of poly. I will apply 3-4 coats with steel wool in between coats.

The cover for the peg holder in the center is not included in this photo because of the finishing process.

This board has been a long wait for the client, but one I think will have been worth it.

More to follow soon...


This project has been progressing very slowly. The inlay of each piece of maple is glued into place and then filled and sanded.

The street inlays had to be cut out and redone. When I started sanding on them the lettering had not been engraved deep enough and it became very faint.
Hopefully we are moving along now and will have this ready to ship soon.

This board is a special order and had very specific guidelines for the layout.  It will measure 26 inches square and be made out of  hard walnut.

The client has been playing cribbage for over 60 years and has a group of folks that they play with on a regular basis, therefore the reason for the four person board.

The photo is based on the requests made by the client.  The board is broken down into 4 sections each one with it's own label: 1st Street, 2nd Street, 3rd Street, and 4th Street totally the standard peg holes of 121.  It also will show the locations of the three skunk lines.

Each track is assigned a number and will have inlayed strips of a contrasting hardwood on both sides of tracks to ensure it is easy to enable the player to stay on their own track.  The pegs will be stored in the box on top.  The $Games$ counter is for them to keep track of the money being won or lost.

This photo is the layout I created based on input from my client.  I  used the computer software CorelDraw to do this drawing.

Once it is formatted I will use a ShopBot CNC router to drill the holes, router the guidelines and do the lettering on the board.

Production has began..............
It is a large board around 26 inch square and one inch thick. It is being made out of dark walnut with solid hard maple used for all the inlays.

 Using the CNC router system, the tracks were cut into the board as well as the holes being drilled and the lettering.

The same system was then used to cut the inlays, which will be glued into the tracks.  In the first photo you can see the inlays being tested for fitting. The hold near the top of the board will be a storage place for all the custom pegs. A cover will be created for the storage.


The inlays are now all fitted and glued into place and now on to the refining the surface. Some wood putty has been applied to create a smooth and continuous surface. Once that is completed it is then on to lots of sanding.

The lid has been created also out of the hard maple for the peg box. It will  be secured using magnets to allow ease of opening and closing.

Once the sanding is completed the letters will be treated with a gel stain to make them stand out and then multiple coats of polyurethane to protect the surface.
Inlaying is a very tedious and time consuming process, but the end result will be worth it.

Just cut the street inlays.  Need to drill some holes for the magnets which will hold the pegs lid on....then massive amounts of sanding and finishing.....

That's it for now ......back to the shop.......

Stay tuned for more updates soon......:-)

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