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).
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.