Pegs (Turned on Drill Press) for Cribbage Board

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Project by DamnYankee posted 02-29-2012 06:40 PM 2718 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I recently made a Cribbage Board for my Grandfather ( and wanted to make pegs for it. After much trail and error here is the method that ended up working for me.

Problem: Peg holes 1/8” in diameter spaced 1/4” apart. Peg needed to fit 1/8” hole and be just under 1/4” in diameter or two pegs side by side would be too tight.

First i cut 1/4” dowel to 2-1/2” length and marked 1/4” and 1-1’4” from one end (length of 1/8” diameter portion and final length of peg)

Then I chucked it into my DP (I don’t own a lathe) with peg end down.

Then using a jig I made…a block of scrap I cut a groove 1/4” deep by ~5/16” wide, lined with self-adhesive sand paper on both sides and a 1/8” diameter test hole…I then lowered the chuck until it bottomed out in the groove and locked the DP so that was as far as the chuck could be lowered

Then moving the jig back and forth I sanded the peg end as the chucked dowel spun until the peg fit into the test hole.

Then with dowel still chucked and spinning I sanded the length of the peg to reduce its diameter by just a small fraction so as to make it easier for two pegs to be pegged next to each other.

Then with dowel still spinning, used my chisel to cut small grooves in dowel.

I then cut the dowel/peg to final length and dyed them using India ink.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 06:48 PM

Doesn’t it feel good to make something from wood? I suppose people who aren’t woodworkers will never understand!

Good work!

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 08:48 PM

Great job Rob. Funny that rhymed;) I like the present and the way you made your pegs was very cool. Thanks for sharing. I was very interested in seeing the peg development.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 02-29-2012 09:17 PM

They turned out nice Rob…..

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#4 posted 02-29-2012 09:26 PM

Yep; they turned out very nicely. The color looks great. Much better than store bought.

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#5 posted 02-29-2012 10:21 PM

very good way of makin yer own

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#6 posted 02-29-2012 10:30 PM

Thanks guys.
Ratchet – yes better than buying them. After all the work I did on the board I DID NOT want to end up buying firgging pegs! Little did I know that the pegs would be the biggest challenge.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#7 posted 02-29-2012 10:32 PM

So why is this NOT showing up on the main Projects Page?

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#8 posted 02-29-2012 10:33 PM

Great solution to a problem, they came out good.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 02-29-2012 10:36 PM

Ah there it is now.

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#10 posted 02-29-2012 11:53 PM

That was some fine Damn Yankee engineering!!

Those pegs “TURNED” out quite nice.

I see years of enjoyment coming from the board & pegs. Great job.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#11 posted 03-01-2012 02:05 AM

Someone suggested I indicate I turned them on my DP in the title.

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