Introduction: Aluminum Cribbage Board

I learned to play cribbage as a child and have enjoyed playing ever since.  It was a great game to learn to help with counting, adding and strategy.  A couple of years ago I decided to take an old chunk of aluminum and machine a cribbage board of my own.  I used autocad to lay out the pattern and an end mill to do the machining.  It took some time, due to the fact that I had to surface the board and drill out 481 holes.  For the pegs I used aluminum welding filler rod with colored heat shrink to keep track of which pegs were together.  I did not make the cards, but I thought the picture would look nice with a perfect 29-point hand on display.

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carpii (author)2011-03-18

Wow, this looks so nice

This is the sort of thing you see in high end designer magazines, selling for ridiculous money, so great job :)

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scbydoob (author)carpii2011-03-19

Thank you very much. I would hate to see how much they would charge!

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Tom 7 (author)2011-03-07

Looks great
Do you have peg storage in the bottom?

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scbydoob (author)Tom 72011-03-09

Thank you!
I had considered peg storage in the bottom, but I like the look of the pegs waiting for their next big game.

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Dr Qui (author)2011-03-03

A very fine example of precision marking and drilling.

When you say you used auto cad to lay out the pattern did you print out a paper template full size and pase it on and punch the marks (i have used this method a few times), or did you do it the old fashioned way and mark it out from the dimensions of your autocad drawing?

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scbydoob (author)Dr Qui2011-03-05

I printed the lay out with dimensions. My mill has digital readouts for the x and y axis. I did not mark on the board at all. Thanks for the comment!

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Dr Qui (author)scbydoob2011-03-05

Now try it the old fashioned way of marking, punching and drilling. the marking alone would drive you crazy. :-)

I never got to use a milling machine at work I broke my ankle just weeks before they brought in a milling machine. A mill is on my wish list for tools

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scoochmaroo (author)2011-03-01

Ooh, gorgeous!

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scbydoob (author)scoochmaroo2011-03-05

Thank you!

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