Cribbage Board

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Project by CrossGrain (Josh) posted 02-08-2013 04:11 PM 2708 views 13 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this cribbage board for my wife for Christmas 2012 (actually finished before Christmas too!). I mostly followed this article that originally appeared in the December 2011 issue of Woodworker’s Journal magazine. I didn’t use any of the drilling templates suggested, but used this paper template that I temporarily spray glued to the surface. I think the scale of my printed template wasn’t quite right and put the 1/8” holes just slightly too close, so I ended up with some tear out between some of the holes—it doesn’t affect the ability to play the game though.

Woods used are curly maple, cherry, and walnut. The pegs are poplar dowels that I chucked up in a drill to shape with sandpaper and a chisel. The color of poplar varies enough that I was able to get the two colors naturally. The finish was a tung oil varnish.

-- Josh, Virginia ,

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#1 posted 02-08-2013 08:24 PM

Nice board! I have a thing when it comes to cribbage boards, I love them but have only made two. I drilled the first one years ago when I had no shop. I drilled it on the kitchen table with my wife holding it. The tape slid up the bit and I didn’t notice. OOPS!! When I was done we had over half a board drilled into the table! Good times!! Wife not so impressed, but very forgiving. Anyway, great job, thanks for posting.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 02-08-2013 09:35 PM

I know nothing about the game, but that turned out awesome. Looks so cleanly machined and finished.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 09:47 PM

Jeff: YIKES – it’s nice to have forgiving wives!

McLean: We didn’t know anything about the game either. I’d seen some beautiful cribbage boards, looked up how to play, and decided to give it a try. It’s a pretty fun game once you get into it. By the way, your duck calls are superbly turned and finished as well. A lathe is still on my wish list.

-- Josh, Virginia ,

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#4 posted 02-09-2013 02:29 AM

Your board turned out awesome! A cribbage board is on my to-do list, hopefully I get to it this calendar year.

My dad taught me how to play over 30 years ago. I made the mistake of teaching my wife & when she beats me, she like to rub it in. At least I can still beat my 13 year old son…

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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