New to the forum. I just started wood working again as i haven't done anything since I was still living at home and had access to my father's garage. It's now been about a decade since I moved out and my garage is getting filled with enough tools to start getting back into this, as well as I seem to have the time for it now too!
So for a first project I decided to make a cribbage board with some wood inlays. Here's where I'm at so far
Just got the inlays glued in, and I still need to glue the main board to the base underneath it.
The main board is made out of cherry, the wood around the edge is maple and the tracks are made out of maple and walnut. I've gotten this far but have some questions on finishing it now.
First, drilling holes. I've seen online a lot of guys making jigs for this, but since I need to holes to go straight down the tracks, I'm not sure if I can really position them dead center on the tracks with a jig. So right now what I am thinking is to draw out where they need to go with pencil(making a grid on the wood basically). Then taking a small punch and making a small hole where the center of each hole needs to go, and then taking the drill press to it(will take forever I know), but I am just curious if anyone has any other suggestions for tackling the hole drilling process.
Also, I left the tracks raised a little bit on purpose. I am going to take a belt sander to get them closer and then shave the whole board down about 1/32" with a planer so I should have a nice smooth surface. However I'm wondering if I should drill my holes before sanding/planing it down so I can correct any chipping when drilling the holes. However I'm not sure if this is a good idea as my planer is a dewalt that has a whole bunch of staggered little teeth(as opposed to the one long blade on older planers) that I am worried might chip the holes when it goes through, but I am not sure. If I were to plane it down and then drill the holes, any tips for drilling the holes without getting any chipping around the holes?
Any other tips/suggestions of finishing this. I am planning on routing the edges, not sure what shape yet, to finish it off. As for finishing it, since I'm not really in a huge rush, I am thinking of rubbing a few coats of pure tung oil in and then trying to do a french polish over that. I've used shellac before but never done a french polish, so figured I'd give it a shot on this project.