Cribbage Board

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Project by littlecope posted 01-29-2010 02:45 AM 6503 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week, I banged out yet another quick Cribbage Board. I visited someone’s house many years ago who had a Coffee Table with holes drilled for one and was impressed. I have yet to make one of those, but I took the idea home with me and have made several smaller versions over the years. This latest one is made from Oak.
The second picture shows the lay-out, and when I was beginning to score all the holes with an awl, as a guide for the hole drilling. I should have used a center punch! The Oak was so hard that the small drill managed to “skate” a little on some of the holes… It’ll work, but I could have done better… Shame on me!! :O
The third Pic was right after I drilled the holes for scoring, all 397 of them! I think it took about 40 minutes…
I hadn’t yet cut the pegs for this when I snapped the Pix but I just cut lengths of dowel, colored 3 red and 3 blue using nothing more than magical markers. I left the third set bare wood… I anticipate these being lost over the years and wanted something quick and easy to recreate…
I still have to re-size the side hole for peg storage, it’s a little too small to hold them all, but this thing is ready for some “15-2ing”, double runs of three, and such-like… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 01-29-2010 02:49 AM

Great Looking board, Mike!

I am ashamed to admit this, being an old Navy man, but I never learned to play cribbage. What is the purpose of the dowel protruding fro the side of the board in the first picture?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-29-2010 02:52 AM

397!? Holy cow! Looks great! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#3 posted 01-29-2010 02:54 AM

Thanks, Lew. No purpose, that’s some of the dowel I used. I was trying to point out the side hole for storing the un-used pegs, that’s all…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 01-29-2010 02:54 AM

how about food coloring ?
it will soak into the finished pieces and not get rubbed off .
good to see you crafting ahead ,

maybe a fence on the drill press and stops for repeatability ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 01-29-2010 03:08 AM

Thanks, Chris! Three courses @ 120 apiece, 3 X 10 for “Match” holes, 1 “Out” hole, 6 Starting holes is 397. I had plenty of time to do the figuring while I was drilling… LOL
There’s also the hole to hang this from the wall and, of course, one for Pegs. If you count the re-boring of the side hole, it’ll be 400 even… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#6 posted 01-29-2010 03:25 AM

Food Coloring would work too, I just used what I had handy…
If these get used enough to wear out, I’m okay with that… I actually have old toys where game pieces are so worn it’s next to impossible to tell what color they originally were. It adds to their charm somehow, looking for flakes of color to try to distinguish them…
Using a fence is a great idea! I’m not sure about stops, though… there’s an awful lot of locations…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 01-29-2010 03:49 AM

Nice work MIke.
That’s a lotta holes!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 01-29-2010 04:12 AM

Reminds me of my benchtop downdraft table…....lots of holes. Looks like fun. I will allow myself to make a cribbage board when I get a few other things done. Played a lot of cribbage on a cruise last year. Played with my Dad when I was young…..

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 01-29-2010 05:00 AM

I need to suck it up and be ready to drill all of those holes to make a few of these. At the last few craft shows My son and I did, people asked “Do you ever make Cribbage Boards?” I never played in the Navy either, but I have read up on the game. That’s still a lot of holes. Maybe my son could drill them! Nice job on yours. I wa planning on buying pegs online.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#10 posted 01-29-2010 05:40 AM

Good job, Mike. I make cribbage boards quite often. Have a look at my projects and you’ll see a couple. I do state shapes out of thick wood so I can rout a well in the back for pegs and a deck of cards.

Your mind can go all sorts of places as you drill that many holes! I also countersink mine a tiny bit so that means I go over them again!!!

Keep having fun.
Jon – southern Minnesota

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#11 posted 01-29-2010 06:13 AM

Looks good from here , Mike.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 01-29-2010 07:07 AM

nice board i like it

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#13 posted 01-29-2010 07:58 AM

Nice board, I’ve seen guys play it at bars but I don’t even know the basics of the game.
If you plan on making more maybe you’d think of making a template like the one’s rockler sells.
Food coloring is also a good idea, I might just try it on some scrap wood to see how it looks,
safe way to color childrens toys!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#14 posted 01-29-2010 07:59 AM

nice work

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#15 posted 01-29-2010 12:15 PM

Good job Mike. Those holes look pretty straight to me. I would try to make one of these, but I don’t know how to play cribbage and I don’t remember anyone playing in my four years in the Navy. I do remember my father and uncles playing when I was a kid. I guess I will have to google it. I also liked David’s food coloring idea.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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