Triangle Peg Game

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Project by thediyplan posted 12-16-2019 09:30 PM 1053 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Few months ago we went on a road trip to visit my sister in Lincoln, Nebraska. When we were there, we went to a restaurant called Cracker Barrel; each dining table had a small peg game. While waiting for our food, I noticed that people around us were playing the peg game. Seemed intriguing, so I tried. Long story short we passed the peg game around the table and everyone enjoyed playing it, even my children! So I decided to make this DIY Triangle Peg Game board. I purposely made the pegs much larger than the original game so that it would be easier to find if kids throw them into a toy storage or somewhere else.

This DIY brain teaser game is a perfect gift for this upcoming Christmas holiday. Is there a better way to improve your brain health then have fun while playing a game? The rules for triangle peg game are simple; and played by one person. Fill in all the holes with pegs except one that’s on top of the triangle. Later you can try different variations, leaving an empty hole in a different place, for a greater challenge. The player is supposed to jump pegs like in checkers, removing each one from the game, until there are no more moves left. The less the pegs left in the end the better. If you have only one peg left, you’re a genius!

If you end up with:

One Peg = You’re a Genius
Two Pegs = You’re Pretty Smart
Three Pegs = You’re Just Average

You also might be interested in my other game projects that I’ve built: DIY Pucket Game, DIY Mancala Board Game, and Cornhole Boards with Scoreboard. Also check out other awesome projects at TheDIYPlan.

-- Viktor - Plans at

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#1 posted 12-17-2019 01:58 AM

I would probably be in the four or more pegs left catagory. Looks like a fun quick game. Good job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 12-17-2019 02:32 AM

Very nicely done. Much more interesting than a triangle and a bag of golf tees.

I did have a little chuckle at “we went to a restaurant called Cracker Barrel”. Being from the mid west my whole life I just assume these restaurants are every where.

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#3 posted 12-17-2019 02:11 PM

Great project! What is the diameter of your pegs?

-- Dennis, WV

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#4 posted 12-17-2019 04:25 PM

Interesting game and a nice job on it. I will make a couple for the kids.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 12-17-2019 08:41 PM

Ohh the memories – good and bad. This game is one of the reasons I gave up woodworking for 30 years. In middle school in the mid 1970s we had to take woodshop (no big deal, I had enjoyed carving in cub scouts and boy scouts). As part of the class we HAD to make several versions of this game first using hand tools, then using power tools. I was not very good at cutting straight lines or getting the drilled holes evenly spaced and the teacher had no patience with me for being so uncoordinated. He had even less patience with me when I solved the puzzle on the first try – jumping pegs to leave only one. Thinking it was a fluke or beginners luck, he made me demonstrate again, then again, writing down each move in succession so he could do it himself. Any joy or sense of accomplishment at achieving what the teacher could not was quickly erased as he seemed to delight in criticizing my best efforts at any woodworking project for the rest of the school year – which turned me off of woodworking.

On the other hand Cracker Barrel was always a highlight of family road trips.

Great job on the fat peg version of the game and best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 12-17-2019 09:03 PM

Leafherder, thank you for sharing your story, very interesting.

-- Viktor - Plans at

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#7 posted 12-17-2019 09:06 PM

Dennis, Diameter of the pegs are 1 1/4”. I used the dowel rod from the closet that you hang your clothes on. Check out my website for more info


-- Viktor - Plans at

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