Simple to use, works great
Posted November 15, 2013
I have made several cribbage boards with this temple. If you use the self centering bit making the game is a snap. I made some as the top of a box and put a deck of cards and the game pieces in the box. What I like to do is find a a board with a really interesting pattern and use that for the project.
I will mention that if you plan to sell these the ones made as a box top with the cards and pegs inside sell much better.
I have had good luck with...
Posted October 9, 2012
I have had good luck with the template. The only issue is with the bit. Others mention it spinning and damaging the template. I had the same problem until I put a small amount of high temp bearing grease on each end of the spring. I have drilled 8 boards since and works fine.
OK, got the jig, stuck it...
Posted September 8, 2012
OK, got the jig, stuck it down to a test piece, and tried the holes with both a drill press and a hand drill. I personally got much better results with a hand drill. It's too hard to align the self-centering bit on each hole using a drill press. I can see already that the jig won't last an awfully long time due to the self-centering bit "countersinking" each template hole. I tried taking the bit apart and lubing, oiling, and waxing the insides and each method worked for a short time but soon the centering part of the bit began spinning again. The answer to this is to make a bit like the ones used in Rockler's shelf pin jig which has a collar that actually rides inside the hole. It also makes for a perfect hole perfectly aligned each time. It would be worth re-making the template even if it had to be re-indexed halfway through the drilling process. Pre-drilled indexing holes could be added and the template shifted to allow the close proximity required for this pattern. This template should last longer than a few times before losing its accuracy. I really think this would make for a much better template.
My first attempt ended up with...
Posted July 24, 2011
My first attempt ended up with a few holes drilled out of line. What I found was I had to be extra careful when making first contact between the 'self-centering' drill bit assembly and the template. When I made the second board, I noticed a few times where the drill bit mechanisim didn't center itself properly, and I stopped feeding the drill before it made contact with the wood. All I had to do was back the drill out slightly and feed it a bit slower until proper contact was made, and then finished drilling the hole. I plan on plugging the few holes drilled out of line on the first board crotch figured black walnut and re-drilling them. It's a nice piece of wood and the mis-aligned holes stick out like a neon sign in the middle of a desert! A slight chamfer, 0.015"-0.025" deep, on each hole would help the bit center better. As for adding lines, I skipped the whole paint or Sharpie problem and used Dry Transfer Decals from Woodland Scenics. These are available at most Hobby Shops in the Model Railroading department. They will work on bare wood, but I would suggest at least one coat of sealer before applying the stripes, and also that you test the stripes on a scrap piece of wood with the sealer or finish of your choice to make sure the chosen finish doesn't attack the ink used to make the dry transfers. They come in multiple colors and widths, and are very easy to apply. They also have a wide selection of letters and numbers in different fonts and sizes if you wish to add names or numbers to the board.
I've manually created several cribbage boards...
Posted July 3, 2011
I've manually created several cribbage boards previously, but having access to a template makes the process much, much easier. If anyone wants to add lines, and more specifically text like "skunk line" to their board, use Letraset rub-on lettering. Finish the board with one coat of your preferred product to seal the wood, then apply the lettering on top of this. I then sealed mine with a second spray coat of Varathane to seal the lettering as well. The end result is extremely professional and tidy. You used to be able to buy Letraset products from local drafting supply stores, but in case you don't have one in your area, you can also purchase the sheets of lettering lines, symbols, etc. from letraset.com.