Handmade Cribbage Board

As a wedding gift for Ryder’s brother and his new bride, we decided to make them a cribbage board. After finding a template online, we purchased two 3/4″ boards from a hobby wood shop – walnut and white maple. With two scrap pieces the same thickness, we taped them together and tried using our scroll saw to inlay the wood – cut through 2 pieces at the same time, then swap the inset pieces. The scroll saw just didn’t cut it though (har har). The wood was too thick and the blades too flimsy to cut straight lines.

Fortunately Ryder has access to a water jet at school, so he made a test cut and it worked!

Water jet testing

After cutting out the shape of the track along with a mantle piece at the top, we fit the pieces together, glued them in place, sanded the wood flat, and began drilling almost 400 holes.

To keep the depth of the holes even, I wrapped a piece of masking tape around the drill bit 1/2″ from the tip, and we drilled in until the tape was brushing the top of the board. (This is when a drill press would have been nice. My arm got very tired.)

Sanding after drilling

A final round of sanding.


Ryder woodburned a “Winck” mantle above the cribbage track.

cribbage peg pocket

Meanwhile, I sewed a bag for the cribbage board. It’s just big enough for the cribbage board and a deck of cards. I added a tiny (1″x2″) pocket with a button flap inside, to store the cribbage pegs.

cribbage board & bag

We finished the board with a couple of layers of polyacrylic. The bag is made of brown jersy on the outside, and a fun zig-zagged cotton inside. Ryder didn’t want the bag to look too frou-frou, so I kept it pretty simple/masculine on the outside.

Sliding in



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