Cribbage is one of those “old people” games that I never gave much thought about playing… That is until I actually played it, and surprise surprise, it’s a very fun game!
I had this gnarly scrap chunk of rough walnut that was the perfect size and destined to become a board.
When it comes to making the board there isn’t really that much to it, it’s obviously a lot of holes in a piece of wood.
I originally bought a $2 paper template from Lee Valley but knew that I would have a hard time keeping everything lined up and spaced evenly so I bought the Small Cribbage Board Template from Rockler and while it did work well for the most part I did have some issues with the drill bit getting jammed. I spent a lot of time picking wood bits out of the bit.
Living in Canada it also ended up costing about 50% more than if I lived in the US.
The piece of wood that I used had a lot of figure so the grain was a bit challenging and may have lead to some of the issues I experienced. I went back over some of the holes and filled them with CA glue and re-drilled them.
This clogged the bit up even more.
I think if the bit was more of a brad point vs a spiral the cutting would be much cleaner.
In the end, the process was nice and simple and the templates were easy to use.
I bought the pins from Lee Valley as well, you might recognize the brass pins from my Original IQ Test.