Pistachio Cribbage Board

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 82 days ago 1135 views 1 time favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a cribbage board. I was making pegs for one in Arizona out of deer antler and elk eye teeth (ivory) this winter and was shown the game board. I had this piece of slab wood of male pistachio and thought it would make a nice one. I designed the pattern of the pegs to kind of follow the edge of the heart wood. I made the templates in the 5th photo for one straight group of 10 and one curved group of 10 and I link them together with the link holes outside the pattern and work it around the board until I have 6 sets on each side.
I push in those little red headed pins to align the template to the holes just drilled. The curved group is a 12” radius which is about the curve of the heart wood.

It is for 2 players with 60 playing holes on each side , a line of 5 game counter holes and two lines of 5 win counting holes. There are walnut and curly maple pegs and an alternate set of black and white corian pegs. The game counter peg is solid brass. There is a threaded brass plug in the hole to store the pegs. The hole is tapped 1/2-13.

It ended up at 1” x 8” x 18” and it is finished with clear matte spray.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 82 days ago

That is one nice cribbage board . very nice wood.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#2 posted 82 days ago

Pretty Crib Board Jim!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 82 days ago

Great looking piece. Nice wood

-- Ron Campbell

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#4 posted 82 days ago

Beautiful wood and innovative design. Nice project.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 82 days ago

Hey Jim, you could leave that cribbage board set up on your coffee table. Not only is it a beautiful game board but it would certainly be a conversation piece. Nicely done.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 82 days ago

its beautiful…....

-- Joe, Ga

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 82 days ago

Jim that is one nice piece


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 81 days ago

That’s a fancy cribbage board Jim. My daughter would love one.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#9 posted 81 days ago

Nice and interesting design ,not your ordinary cribbage board .
Like the wood and the way you made the storage for the pegs .

-- Kiefer 松

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#10 posted 81 days ago

That’s one fancy board Jim, love the way you have taken the holes around the core of the timber, nice job Mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 81 days ago

Really nice board Jim, good thinking the way you have set it up.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#12 posted 81 days ago

Great board and really nice pegs. How did you do the threads for the plug, and where did you get the plug? Lee has it right, it would look great on the coffee table just to admire.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 81 days ago

Thank you all for the nice comments. Now I should learn how to play cribbage!!

Hi Dave. Does you daughter play Cribbage?

Hi Doreen. The pistachio is pretty hard wood and it threads with a tap just like brass or steel nice and clean. I tapped the hole and chased the threads and did the knurling on my Southbend metal lathe. I use that lathe a lot for my woodworking projects. I had though about putting legs on the piece and making it a table all by itself. I hope to find a buyer for this one.
Now that I have the hole templates. I can make many of them!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 81 days ago

Cribbage is an old favorite- I learned from my dad over 30 years ago.

Awesome board- I like the natural look.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#15 posted 81 days ago

Very nice timber and great project.



-- Cliff Australia

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