|Pear and maple scraps|
Great in theory, but now things need to get in the mail if they are to have any hope of getting to the intended recipients on time. A project that can be finished in one session is called for.
I came up with a brilliant concept to help me out with this - a cribbage board.
What could be simpler? It's just a board with a bunch of holes drilled in it.
I found a clever design while googling for ideas. I wish I could take credit for it, as it is a neat little cribbage board. It is intended to be a travelling board, as it it easily transported. OK, a regular cribbage board is easily transported, too, but this one has a more unique look.
I started by looking in my scrap bin for a nice hunk of something, and came up with an offcut of pear.
Don't ask me for measurements on this piece, I don't know. It's about "yea" long because that's how long my scrap was. It is "yea" thick because that is the biggest this stick would be after planing everything flat.
|I know, it doesn't look like much.|
That, and I think the more one practices this skill the more accurate and faster one becomes.
After that, I marked a line on two faces, and planed down to the line to establish the big chamfer which will become the bottom. It only takes a minute with a course plane.
|With small pieces I sometimes clamp the plane up and push the stock over the blade.|
|No need to make this rocket-surgery.|
|An easier way would be to buy a store bought template.|
I used my eggbeater Miller's Falls #5 to drill the holes. A drill press might be nice for this, but I don't have one. I don't think it would have been any faster, as I am only drilling 1/8" holes about half an inch deep or so.
If I didn't have an eggbeater, I would probably use a cordless drill. Just be carefull not to go too far. I used masking tape here for a depth stop.
|Do yourself a favor and buy some of those nice drill bits from Lee Valley. They made this job a snap.|
|I have to say, these are really cool shavings.|
Hopefully, someone doesn't bang it in too hard and split the pear wood.
|This tool is great for bits that are too big for the MF#5.|
And a deck of cards.
|In case you are wondering, I am using store bought pegs from Lee Valley.|