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I love to play cribbage and I love to make stuff.  It was inevitable that sooner or later I would make a cribbage board.  I've never been very excited about my inexpensive 'grocery store' board and my kids managed to lose most of the pegs that came with it.  My first thought was to go the traditional route and make a nice board out of wood.  However, the thought of drilling all of those holes made my arm hurt just thinking about it.  It just so happens that I have access to an Epilog laser cutter at work and I knew that it wouldn't even break a sweat cutting all of those holes (397 to be exact).

 
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Step 1: Materials List

Here is what you will need to complete this project:

(1) 24" x 24" x 1/4" sheet of acrylic
(4) 1/4-20 x 2" Machine screws
(4) 1/4-20 nuts
(4) 1/4-20 acorn nuts
(4) 1/2" long spacers (for 1/4-20 machine screws)
(1) Altoids smalls container
(1) Deck of cards
(4) pegs (at least) for 1/8" diameter holes - I bought mine on Amazon.com

You will also, of course, need access to a laser cutter capable of cutting 1/4" thick acrylic.

Step 2: Design Your Cribbage Board Top Plate

Initially I tried to find a dxf file online that I could use either directly or as a base template that could be modified.  After some searching I was unsuccessful, so I drew one in AutoCAD.  It's nothing fancy, just the standard board layout, but it has all of the scoring numbers in increments of 5 as well as the 'Start', 'Finish', and 'Skunk' locations.

You can find the dxf file below.
cwalby8 months ago
I'm a teacher who just received a laser cutter, and really like this project. However, when I click on the link, it comes up in a big webpage of code, that I can't save in a .dxf file. Any tips?? (Basically, just trying to figure out how to get it from this instructable to my laser cutter).
Thanks!
melvinkat (author)  cwalby8 months ago
Try right clicking on the link and selecting 'save link as'. Then use the drop down box to change file type to 'All files'. You should be able to then give the file a name with a .dxf extension. I was using Corel Draw to send the job to the laser cutter. With Corel Draw you can import the dxf into a new project. I'm guessing other software programs would also let you import a dxf.
Kiteman1 year ago
What, no laser-cut pegs as well? ;-)
melvinkat (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
Yeah, I'll get right on that.......ha ha ha. I thought about 3D printing some though.