Earlier this week, I began work on a new cribbage board. The section of Pacific yew didn’t look like much at first.
I wanted to include this protrusion.
And wanted to exclude this chainsaw cut.
I screwed a straight piece of wood on to one end of the material and used a scrap of wood to angle it parallel to my desired cut line.
Since the screws bowed the once-straight piece of wood, I used a handplane to restraighten it.
I set my bandsaw to make the cut furthest from the screwed-on fence.
This was the result of the first cut.
And this was the result of the second cut after repositioning the fence. At least the bottom cut was flat.
I sanded the top side smooth with 80-grit abrasive.
I mixed up some West Systems epoxy to fill some of the voids. After mixing, I set it aside for about half an hour to thicken.
Although most of the bark came off quite easily, a few stubborn pieces didn’t want to let go. I carefully used a block of wood and a mallet to remove them.
While waiting for the epoxy to further thicken, I decided to cut a second cribbage board from one of the off-cuts.
I then sanded the more attractive side smooth with 80-grit abrasive and placed the two pieces face side up on some brown paper to protect my bench from any drips of epoxy.
Using a spatula, I carefully applied the epoxy to the areas I wanted to solidify, focusing on small checks.
Then I waited for the epoxy to dry.