North Dakota Shaped Cribbage Board

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Project by GlennsGrandson posted 01-30-2012 12:45 AM 3605 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first kind of show worthy project. A lot of learning on this project.

It is made of 6/4 rough cut yellow birch and 1/4 yellow birch back. My brother asked me for a cribbage board in the shape of North Dakota for Christmas (our home state, good thing we didn’t come from Alaska!). I actually surprised him and did it. Being new to this I had a very difficult time finding 6/4 solid wood.

I have no drill press. I hand drilled about 400 holes with a piece of plexi glass as a guide for each individual hole. I wood burned the Missouri river and the county we grew up in (Ramsey). Routered the edges, routered out a spot in the back for a deck of cards and the pegs. Finished the spots with my chisels. Made a matching piece of wood for the back. Used “rare earth” magnets flushed in each piece of wood to hold one another and keep the cards and pegs in place.

I used natural stain on the main piece and I believe it was special walnut on the back piece, followed by three coats of poly and then polished with paste finishing wax. I need some work on my finishing, and several other things. Comments and Constructive criticism welcome.

Thanks for looking.

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 12:57 AM

Looks so great it makes me want to learn how to play cribbage.


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#2 posted 01-30-2012 01:07 AM

Thanks Jim, it reall isn’t to hard of a game, great for 2-4 players!

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 02:08 AM

love the board …made a few of those before (not the state ) ....the holes =)

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 02:10 AM

Very interesting way of concealing the cards and pins. Since I don’t play cribbage I hope you won’t think this a stupid question, but is there a specific number of holes in a cribbage board. That is, do all boards contain the same number of holes. TNX


-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 02:57 AM

Grant – nicely done – great project – plus ND is one of those states that don’t require many complex angles!

Northwest29 – the answer is yes, there are a specific number of holes. I believe it is 120 holes (in play) plus the winning hole which would make it it 121….


Edit – some boards will have less holes (like 60) but game play is doubled – 2x around..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 04:43 AM

Like JL7 said, there are 121 points (holes) to win. The board is basically a scoreboard for a card game. There are three tracks in my board for three players, or you can just use two tracks with two players or two teams of two. So there are a little over 400 holes in this one. some boards, like JL7 said, have 60 holes and are played to one end and back.

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#7 posted 01-30-2012 04:50 AM

Nice job. I have a request for a cribbage board and you gave me an idea.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#8 posted 01-31-2012 06:27 AM

totally stealing your rare earth magnet idea to hold the backing on next time I make a cribbage board

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#9 posted 01-31-2012 09:48 AM

Go for it! Those things are very cool, makes a person think when you tell them to take the cards and pegs out for the first time.

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#10 posted 01-31-2012 04:59 PM

Very nice! I’d like to make a big one like that. I really like the compartment for the cards and pegs.

-- David

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#11 posted 02-01-2012 09:08 PM

Nice cribbage board. I’m just the opposite of Jimboe I’ve made alot of these boards without the holes. While in the Air Force we gave ND plaques as going away gifts when people moved to different jobs.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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