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Thought I'd see if there was any interest around here for Cribbage Boards. Made up a few different ones (more with the Polish Eagle) for the upcoming Polish Festival and my store display. People here won't pay for the super nice fancy ones, so I kept them basic and simple just to see what the reaction is.
 

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Bottom left is oak with water based poly sprayed on - no stain.

The others are 15" pine blanks with golden oak stain and mineral oil poly.

They can be made with a variety of hardwoods with compartments for the cards and pegs. There's really no limit to how much can be done to them.
 

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how many polish festivals are there? seems like you are in a constant state of going to one more...
they like to party..
and you say that like it's a bad thing...
 

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Thought I'd see if there was any interest around here for Cribbage Boards. Made up a few different ones (more with the Polish Eagle) for the upcoming Polish Festival and my store display. People here won't pay for the super nice fancy ones, so I kept them basic and simple just to see what the reaction is.
those are real nice...
as in extra real nice...
 

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Very nice work, as usual, John! How long does it take to cut one of those? I suppose you have to be careful not to get too much finish in the holes...

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Basic and simple...?

AWESOME...! ! !
 
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how many polish festivals are there? seems like you are in a constant state of going to one more... Nice pieces John.
There's probably 5 or 6 decent sized ones around SE Mich. By that I mean they're usually Fri evening, Sat, and Sun. I'll go to maybe 2. Plus I'll go to NW Ohio (Toledo). They are super nice people and give me a lot of breaks on pricing, space, etc. to make it worthwhile to come down. We're usually the hit of that event. I won't go to the really big one on Memorial Day week end cause it's 4 days and it would be too hard on the wife, since she's still working a real job to help support my "retirement"....... and of course a roof that doesn't leak too bad, food, and such. Been tempted to go to Cleveland, but now you're talking a lot of time and expense. This is supposed to be just a "paying" hobby to keep me out of trouble. lol It pays my part of the deer lease, buys my bullets, an occasional new firearm or two, a fishing charter with my buddy in crime and our grand-kids, the Vectric conference.............. You know - the necessities of life. I suppose I could really get into it, expand, and get back in the rat race, but I don't really want to. The East Coast has probably more Polish people (judging from holiday sales) than the midwest.

they like to party..
and you say that like it's a bad thing...
Believe it or not - the Italians party longer and harder than the Polish people. I just gotta figure out some Italian stuff. In the evenings they have a bottle of wine in one hand, and they're credit card in the other. But nothing beats a true Polish beer and kielbasa.

Very nice work, as usual, John! How long does it take to cut one of those? I suppose you have to be careful not to get too much finish in the holes...

David
About 2 hours total, but I know I could cut that time down 40% or so upping the speeds and staying with the program cutting constantly. I was concerned about the holes getting clogged too, so I sprayed these. Kept one out that I'm brushing. Works pretty good if you don't start with a fully loaded brush.
 

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John, I'm guessing you go to the Freedom Hill festival?

Have you ever sold at the Shelby Art Fair?
Have never gone to the Freedom Hill one. We do the Shelby Art Fair cause it's less than 2 miles from the house and I know the organizer. I coached her son in Little league 30+ years ago. The American Polish Festival in Sterling Heights is our main one. Only 10 miles away and a lot of fun. 2 1/2 days of beer, kraut, and kielbasa. Good People. Seriously thinking of the Italian one at Freedom Hill if I can figure out what to make and get a bunch done.
 
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Basic and simple...?

AWESOME...! ! !
It's just a matter of using the same size blanks. The holes are all the same using 1 file. Then you put any model you want, adjust the size to fit......... and hit the go button.

Once you have a model file you can use it for many things and adjust the sizes. The computer takes care of the detail work.
 

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I’ve been playing cribbage for 54 years now, guess I coulda just said since I was 5. Main card game in the family, and relatives. Main reason I am innerested in a CNC machine is for all the different cribbage games one could make. Since I also collect them, this could be dangerous LOL. Dunno what you got around you for military activities, but when I was in, there was a lot of cribbage played on base, just thinking there must be a bunch of different designs that would be wanted, by buyers.
 

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I’ve been playing cribbage for 54 years now, guess I coulda just said since I was 5. Main card game in the family, and relatives. Main reason I am innerested in a CNC machine is for all the different cribbage games one could make. Since I also collect them, this could be dangerous LOL. Dunno what you got around you for military activities, but when I was in, there was a lot of cribbage played on base, just thinking there must be a bunch of different designs that would be wanted, by buyers.

Artie,

We can make this up for you. Can even move things around a little and put your name on it!

If there are 4 players -- how many pegs do you need???
 

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Very nice work, as usual, John! How long does it take to cut one of those? I suppose you have to be careful not to get too much finish in the holes...

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David,

This is the one that I brushed the poly on. I just didn't use a full brush on the outer border where the holes are.
 

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John, I appreciate your offer, but I’m kinda saving cribbage boards for my bucket list of projects. I gotta think if you lived in my area, you could sell as many of those Leprechaun boards as you could make. Cribbage is the unofficial game of the US Submarine Services, dunno if that gives you any ideas for boards. With the CNC machine you could probably devote your next 50 years to making unique boards. I have one that’s an 18 wheeler, tablesaw blade, squares, rectangles, triangles, boxes, heart, ovals, circles, inlaid, boat, canoe, Old Man of the Mountain silhouette, wood slab. These are just the wooden boards in the collection. They’re made in the states shapes, NASCAR tracks. In a small town in Maine we vacation at, there were cribbage boards sold at a souvenir shop. While talking with the young lady who worked there, she told me they use cribbage to help teach math. I mighta liked school a whole lot more iff’n I coulda played cribbage for math class :)
 
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