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Make Your Own Cribbage Board

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Such a simple and meaningful gift. Handmade cribbage boards will quickly become a family heirloom. Game instructions are included.

Every year for Christmas we encourage our children to make gifts for their gift giving needs. It’s really fun to see what each one comes up with. This year Gabriel made cribbage boards for each family in our extended family – and us, of course.

I’m going to share how he made the boards in this post but the template won’t be same for you since your board will be shaped differently, I’m sure. However, there are templates, game making instructions, and game playing instructions in the Handmade Wooden Games ebook. 

He started with a cedar log that was actually cut down when he did his very first bee removal. He cut 2″ slabs from the log and removed the outer bark.

cribbage sanding

cribbage waxing

He then sanded it with a hand sander and waxed it with some beeswax using a drill and a polishing pad for a drill.

For the pegs, Gabriel found some vintage nut pickers on ebay and then cut them down to size using his dremel.

Such a simple and meaningful gift. Handmade cribbage boards will quickly become a family heirloom. Game instructions are included.

ok, Here’s the tricky part. There needs to be a total of 120 holes in 2 lines going around the board. Gabriel traced the board and then folded the paper into quadrants. Then he put 30 dots in each quadrant. Here’s a photo of his pattern, of course, yours will look different since the shape of your log will be different.

Cribbage patternNow you need to mark each hole in the wood. There are several ways you can do this, you can take the pattern tot he wood and just drill through the paper. Or you can put some transfer paper down first and then the pattern. Then using a pencil color each dot and the transfer paper will transfer the dot to the wood. We had transfer paper left over from our monogrammed mug project so that’s Gabriel used. If we hadn’t, he would have just drilled through the paper.

Drill the holes using a drill press or hand drill. Lightly sand and wax.

You can get printable game instructions here.

If you’re giving these as a gift, you might want to make fabric bags to put them in.

Such a simple and meaningful gift. Handmade cribbage boards will quickly become a family heirloom. Game instructions are included.

What are some of your favorite family games? Feel free to leave links to your game posts in the comments.

 

Thanks for sharing with your friends!

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