Cribbage Boards

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Project by Greg Markus posted 04-11-2007 03:53 PM 3756 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am still relatively new to woodworking (although I did have it in school over 20yrs ago) and thinking that I am still on top of it..LOL I thought that I would make my christmas presents this year.

I made all of my brothers and sisters families a cook book holder ( they turned out very nice—I will post some pics of those later) and then for the guys that I work with I decided to make them some cribbage boards.

The design Ideal that I had for them came from a Barnes & Noble Cribbage board that I had bought about 1 1/2 years ago and I figured that I could replicate it easy enough. (famous last words)

I quickly created some templates for it because I new that I would not regret the time spent doing that, boy was I right. I wound up throwing the 1st 3 boards away. I nailed it pretty good on the 2nd time though, still not perfect but 100% better than my first attempt.

Unfortunately for the guys that I work with my garage isn’t heated, and I came under a time crunch for the cook book holders (I was making 9 of those). Fortunately I was graced with decent weather until mid January, but that was when I was ready to finish the pieces. I didn’t wind up finishing them (between time and weather restraints) until almost the end of March.

But here they are I made 2 of them out of Maple and the other is out of Mahogony. I bought the pegs.

-- Greg

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#1 posted 04-11-2007 04:24 PM

Those are pretty nice Greg!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 04-11-2007 04:27 PM

Almost makes me want to start playing Cribbage! Nice work.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#3 posted 04-11-2007 04:53 PM

I really like how the cards are held in the storage area. “Just pick it up and go”.
Rick would really love this—I can see the ol’ boys green with envy as he unfolded his personal cribbage set.
Very nice.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 04-11-2007 08:44 PM

Very nice Greg. Burned logo on the top? Great touch. If you get a chance I would really like to see a detail of those hinges. Beautiful work and thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 04-12-2007 03:34 AM

Great gifts that is for sure. I need to make a cribbage board now!



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#6 posted 04-17-2007 03:47 PM

Nice boards for your first try, Greg! Are the hinges handmade? How does it stay shut – is there any danger of picking it up wrong and having the cards and pegs fall out?

-- Jeff,

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#7 posted 04-19-2007 12:28 AM

Yes the hinges are except for the plug that goes in (I bought those). As far as the staying shut goes, I gave that some thought and almost put a hasp on them but decided against it. They might flop open, but that was a choice I was willing to live with.

-- Greg

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#8 posted 07-23-2007 05:42 PM

Very nice board!

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#9 posted 07-23-2007 06:18 PM

Have you considered using neodymium magnets? It’s really quite easy, especially if you can find the cylinder magnets. All you’d have to do is drill corresponding holes with a bit that matches the exact diameter of the magnets, add a drop of CA glue, and then push them in. I always drill my holes a bit deeper than the magnet’s length, because I don’t want it to bottom out. I want the magnet to sit flush with the surface of the wood.

That’s the technique I used on my ring box (third picture) – you can see the small silver circles on the inside of the lid and the base. You’d definitely want to have larger magnets for your cribbage boxes.

Here’s a great source for neodymium magnets:

K J Magnetics

They have a huge selection, good prices, and super-fast shipping.

This technique would also work well on sliding lid boxes if your lids are a little loose and slide open too easily.

-- Ethan,

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#10 posted 07-23-2007 08:07 PM

Really cool!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 07-23-2007 09:38 PM


Thanks for the tip.. I’ll check into that.

-- Greg

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#12 posted 11-24-2007 03:56 PM

Really nice go of it and I’m sure all will love receiving them. I think I’ll make some of those for presents too !

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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#13 posted 09-25-2008 02:22 PM

As an avid cribbage player, I think those are some of the nicest boards that I’ve seen in a while. Kudos!

-- Jeff Kochosky, Professional Novice Woodworker...

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