After Searching the internet for a useable cribbage template and coming up empty handed I decided to build a simple template that could be cut by a CNC on to any surface I want. This is what I came up with, I wanted the holes grouped in sets of 5 and for it to have a clear start and end.
Ive attached both the CNC files (carbide create) and a SVG file at the bottom.
- Wood (4.5" x12" min.)
- Precision 5.26 Tapered Angle Ball Tip Bit
- 1/8" Up Cut Bit
- Epoxy (optional)
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Step 1: Design
I had to make sure the holes were the proper size and curved correctly in the corners. I wanted to add two letter S to the skunk line. It was important to make sure the lines were crisp and clean.
Step 2: Cutting Down the Material
First I cut down some wood to 4.5" wide by 12.5" long. This leaves .5" of extra room on both dimensions. My board is made from wormy white oak but any wood will work.
I sanded the board down using 80, 150 and 180 grit sand paper. Sanding before the CNC cuts, will save a lot of time from doing it later.
Step 3: Adding the Epoxy (optional)
The second portion of this project was adding a layer of coloured epoxy to the top of the wood. I wanted to see how cutting into the epoxy would add something unique to the board design.
I wrapped the wood in tape and poured some excess self levelling epoxy art resin on top. I used Blue and Orange to represent my favourite NHL team The Edmonton Oilers, and did a second board with black and silver.
Once the epoxy was dry I cut the edges on the miter saw to clean up any over pour.
Step 4: Cutting on the CNC
Finally time to cut the lines and holes on the CNC. First is the lines, for this I use a precision bit at a depth of 0.050. Second Is the holed these are 1/8" holes which fit a standard cribbage peg and I cut these holes using the 1/8" up cut bit.
If you don't have a CNC, you can print the SVG as a template and use a 1/8" drill bit in a drill or drill press.
Step 5: Adding Peg Storage (optional)
One option for the board is to add peg storage. For my boards I simply drill straight down on the end grain starting with a 5/32" bit and working my way up to a 3/8" size hole. Make sure the drill remains straight and is in the exact center of the board. I use a standard 3/8" oak mushroom plug for a pressure fit available at any big hardware store.