Introduction: Triangle Peg Game
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!
• 1 1/4" Dowel Rod
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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
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!