Cribbage Board From Scrap

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Project by ChuckV posted 05-13-2011 12:47 AM 3310 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this simple cribbage board from a cribbage-board-sized piece of curly maple that I had. The drawer is made from 1/8” cherry. The knob is made from an 1/8” dowel.

The most enjoyable part of making this was the little drawer. Here are the drawer pieces ready to be glued.

Here is is after glue-up.

I cut the little rabbets (are they “bunnies”?) on the table saw using one of the outside cutters from my dado set. I cut the bottom one while the piece of cherry was still larger. When cutting the rabbets on the sides of the pieces, I taped them to some larger pieces.

The mortice that holds the drawer was started with chisels and competed using a router plane with a 1/4” blade.

Now I need to remind myself how to play cribbage. I played many years ago. Recently, the rest of the family started playing, so I will be doing some catch up.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#1 posted 05-13-2011 03:43 AM

Looks great. I love cribbage, used to play it with my Dad for hours at a time, now I have no one to play with. Smart phone to the rescue. There is a cribbage app. If you have a smart phone search for it (it is free), you will resharpen you skills very quickly. By the way, I like the curly maple for the cribbage board. It complements the point holes nicely.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#2 posted 05-13-2011 03:43 AM

Great little drawer and a beautiful board as well : )

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#3 posted 05-13-2011 02:27 PM

I have been meaning to make one of these, but the thought of trying to keep all of those holes aligned is daunting, did you use a template for the hole pattern?

-- Jay,

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#4 posted 05-13-2011 03:21 PM

Jay -

I used the $2 paper template from Lee Valley shown here. I made a bunch of photocopies and used one of them to mark the holes. I didn’t do anything too fancy when drilling them. For the straight lines of holes, I clamped a board on the drill press table to keep the holes in a line.

Using a brad point bit helped with the location. After a while, I got the feeling of sliding the board the correct distance to hit the next hole pretty quickly.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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