Triangle Peg Game

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Introduction: Triangle Peg Game

About: I love to build DIY wood projects.

Few months ago we went on a road trip to visit my sister in Lincoln, Nebraska. When we were there, we went to a restaurant called Cracker Barrel; each dining table had a small peg game. While waiting for our food, I noticed that people around us were playing the peg game. Seemed intriguing, so I tried. Long story short we passed the peg game around the table and everyone enjoyed playing it, even my children! So I decided to make this DIY Triangle Peg Game board. I purposely made the pegs much larger than the original game so that it would be easier to find if kids throw them into a toy storage or somewhere else.

This DIY brain teaser game is a perfect gift for this upcoming Christmas holiday. Is there a better way to improve your brain health then have fun while playing a game? The rules for triangle peg game are simple; and played by one person. Fill in all the holes with pegs except one that’s on top of the triangle. Later you can try different variations, leaving an empty hole in a different place, for a greater challenge. The player is supposed to jump pegs like in checkers, removing each one from the game, until there are no more moves left. The less the pegs left in the end the better. If you have only one peg left, you’re a genius!

If you end up with:
One Peg = You're a Genius

Two Pegs = You're Pretty Smart

Three Pegs = You're Just Average

Keep practicing and have fun!

Supplies:

• 1x12x20"

• 1 1/4" Dowel Rod

Wood Glue

Tools for this project

Drill

Tape Measure

Milwaukee 1 3/8" Hole Saw Bit

Sander

Miter Saw

Clamps

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Step 1: Cut Triangle Boards

First download and print 11x17 template. Cut out the template and trace over on to 1x12 board. If you don’t have a template then take 1x12 board and layout two triangles per provided dimensions in the cut list. The length of each triangle side should be 12 7/8". Cut both triangles using a Miter Saw that has a sliding blade. Otherwise you could just use a Skill Saw.

Step 2: Mark Center of Holes

Tape the paper template on one of the triangles. Then place a regular nail over the center of the circle and hit slightly with a hammer leaving a mark on the wood were to drill the hole. Do this for all of the circles.

Step 3: Drill Holes

Then using a 1 3/8" hole saw bit, place the bit over the nail mark and drill thru the board. Drill all 15 holes.

Step 4: Glue Boards Together

After all of the holes are drilled, take the second triangle and glue it to the bottom using Wood Glue. Clamp the boards together and let the glue dry.

Step 5: Cut Pegs

Take 1 1/4" wooden dowel rod (typically used in the closets for coat hangers) and cut it to 1 1/2" in length. You will need to cut 14 of these pieces. Sand the edges on both sides of each peg to make then rounded.

Step 6: Stain or Paint

Sand the board on both sides. Then you could stain it or leave it as is and only apply polyurethane for wood protection. You're done with this simple triangle peg game. Have fun!

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    24 Discussions

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    technologyguy
    technologyguy

    5 weeks ago

    A really nice take on the old golf tee game. The big pegs are great for kids (and adults) and also look a lot more attractive. I'll be making this, but will probably use a one piece base and drill the holes with a forstner bit. Thanks.

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    HowardT15
    HowardT15

    6 weeks ago on Introduction

    I downloaded the plan, but there's no hole template to trace and cut out - I jumped through all the hoops - added the PDF extension, etc, but no template. Where is it?

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    TheDIYPlan
    TheDIYPlan

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Once you download the PDF, scroll down to the last page. It's on 11x17 paper size.

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    HowardT15
    HowardT15

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    I see it now - thanks!

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    LynneDe
    LynneDe

    6 weeks ago

    I've had the small plastic game a long, long time ago. Nice to remember it. Thought I would like to make it, but I don't have the math skills needed to space the circles. OH WELL! Nice instructions. Perhaps something I'm missing will be found later on? Please, please, could the OP if s/he reads this, could you add a link for the template to space the circles? Thank you!!!

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    LynneDe
    LynneDe

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Thanks, appreciate the link, but I'm not going to subscribe just to get the pattern. Sorry. I'm not a wood-worker. Just wanted to try doing this, I have the materials and tools too, actually...but my inbox is so filled with things, I would lose it anyway...thanks for responding. Blessings!

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    bruce.desertrat
    bruce.desertrat

    6 weeks ago

    The template is available on their website: https://thediyplan.com/triangle-peg-game/ but they should link it here, as well.

    A version of this was my first woodshop project in 7th grade many (MANY) years ago. That version used square cut concrete nails as pegs.

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    TheDIYPlan
    TheDIYPlan

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    Thank you Bruce!

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    lckdoc
    lckdoc

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    I could not find the template on their website

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    DennisT33
    DennisT33

    6 weeks ago

    For many of these peg games golf tees make useful pegs. They’re easy to hold and come inexpensively in many colors.

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    USrowboy
    USrowboy

    Question 6 weeks ago on Step 2

    Where is the template to download!

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    Slyfisherr
    Slyfisherr

    6 weeks ago on Step 5

    Nice project no link for template

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    HorstH3
    HorstH3

    Question 6 weeks ago on Step 5

    Where is the butten to download the template?

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    thehoss
    thehoss

    Question 6 weeks ago on Step 1

    Where is the template?

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    givy1957
    givy1957

    Question 6 weeks ago on Step 1

    Where do you download the hole template?