Step 1: Materials List
(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
You can find the dxf file below.
Step 3: Card and Peg Storage
The top layer is offset by 1/2" spacers to provide enough clearance for the cards. The pegs pass all the way through the 1/4" acrylic top plate, so the 1/2" offset also provides room for the pegs to completely seat in the holes during game play.
Step 4: Laser Cut the Parts
Since the top plate has both text and thru cuts you will need to do a combination of raster/etching (for the text) and vector cutting for the thru cuts. I think I used a line weight of 2mm for the text, but you may want to do a test run on a piece of scrap material to make sure it looks how you want it to before cutting the real piece.
The bottom three plates only have thru cuts so you can use vector cutting exclusively.
Refer to your laser's documentation for the proper power, frequency and speed settings.
Step 5: Assembly
Before assembling the layers together be sure to give them a quick rinse with water and let them dry completely. If you don't do this you may end up with debris between the layers and you'll have to disassemble, clean and reassemble (I learned the hard way).
- Insert the 1/4-20 machine screws thru the top plate.
- Hold on to the screws and flip the top plate so that it is face down on your work surface.
- Place a 1/2" spacer on each of the 1/4-20 machine screws.
- Place the two laser cut pieces that have cutouts for the cards and peg holder onto each screw.
- Place the bottom plate onto each screw.
- Attach a 1/4-20 nut to each screw and tighten them down to hold the layers together.
- Attach a 1/4-20 acorn nut to the bottom of each screw (these act as feet for the board).
Finally, place your pegs into the Altoids Smalls case and insert the case and cards into their storage areas.
Step 6: Play Cribbage!!
If this instructable turns out to be good enough to win me an Epilog laser cutter I would be incredibly excited. First and foremost I would use it to show my kids how much fun it is to create and make projects that start with a simple idea and progress into a finished product. My daughters are only 3 and 6 years old, but I could see us having fun making custom stickers, acrylic animals, doll furniture, gliders and who knows what else. I'm sure I would also use it for a small side business since I always need a way to pay for all of my crazy projects.
Thanks for reading my instructable!!