Cribbage boards

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Project by jasonborthwick posted 10-24-2015 02:14 AM 1394 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone, I took a shot at making cribbage boards after seeing some of the ones done by others on here. I liked the swivel boards and decided to make them off of a four track pattern I got from Meisel woodworking. I made one in the past without a pattern for the holes and it was a lot harder. The pattern took about 45 minutes on the drill press with a 1/8 bit. I had some tear out problems but cleaned them up with the wood burning tip I used to burn the images and letters in the playing surfaces

Boards are 18L by 4 3/4W by 3/4 for the top surface and 18L by 5 1/8W by 7/8 for the bottom storage.
Tops are cherry, sycamore, and white oak. Bottoms are common pine stained with dark walnut oil.
The card slot and peg holder are lined with black flocking. ( first time using the product and had no issues.
Magnets are rare eath magnets a 1/2 in by 1/8 in.
Finish is spray poly.

I did all the burning freehand with a soldering iron type wood burner but broke the treads of a tip off inside so my wonderful wife ok’d an upgrade to the raze rip SS-D10 for the next ones I am doing. I promise I did not break the soldering style burner on purpose. It couldn’t have been better timing though.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 10-24-2015 02:16 AM

Nice work – these would make great gifts

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 10-24-2015 02:30 AM


I have actually used a small soldering iron for wood-burning when my burner was vacationing (Lost somewhere in my shop)!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 10-24-2015 03:44 AM

I really like the design. I made several of the boards in the past but always wanted to include somewhere to store the cards and pegs… now I know and can re-fit the three I have already made. Thanks for the great idea

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 10-25-2015 02:54 AM

Great looking Cribbage boards! How much did the pattern cost?



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#5 posted 10-25-2015 04:42 AM

Thanks for the nice comments guys. It worked using the soldering iron type burning tool but I am so happy The new razertip pyography pen system arrived so the next two cribbage boards I have to make will be alt easier to do the burnings on.

ClaudF the template was 39.00 plus shipping. It is made from 10gauge steel and did not move around at all on 3 cribbage boards. I forgot to drill a hole or two on each board (noticed after first coat of poly.) I was able to put the template back on and register it with cribbage pins and drill the missed hole. It was under a 5 minute fix. The template has already paid for its self in my opinion. Here’s a link to the site.

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