I obtained some rather large blocks of walnut the other day at the sawmill I frequent. Normally they are used for handgun grips. Instantly, I seen a keepsake box carved from a single piece of wood. I have enough of them so I can experiment before making a final piece.
Is there any reason I couldn’t cut off a slab for the top, then carve out the box and include the mortise for the hinges? I did search around and only found bandsaw boxes, where the top and bottoms are cut off and the bottom reattached.
I do understand that the top could warp, but I could minimize that with a thicker slice for the lid.
The end goal is to make a box to hold a badge when an officer retired. The lid could have name, years of service etc.
Jake, I’m not sure this will help but when I was using my old carvewright CNC I would cut what I wanted on the top of the cribbage board and sometimes cut the inside of the board too. I make the base from 3/8 “ wood using box joints to form the box. I put a grove in .25 inch up from the bottom edge of the base for the bottom and then rabbit the edge of the cribbage board itself to fit as the lid. I used a flocks on the inside of the box. It worked well and made a nice gift.
Funny I’ve been looking for cribbage board patterns, I have a ton I made on my old Carvewright and I can’t transfer any of them because they use a proprietary software, kinda sucks.
Anyway good luck.
Here’s a couple pictures of one I made.
@MikeH That is a beautiful cribbage board Mike! My dad LOVED to play cribbage. I like your thinking about this, I could slice both edges, and two sides. Use the cnc to make small box joints and assemble that way. Got me thinking. That is what I enjoy about this forum and group. Thanks for the idea!
Here is a cribbage board my dad made probably 60-70 years ago. Obviously nothing but hand tools used. He always said “never play cribbage with this, cause you can’t see the other player’s actions on the back side”.