I learned cribbage and pinnochle (another card game) as a kid, and spent many hours playing with my parents, relatives and friends when I grew up. Card games like these have a social aspect to them that you can't really get with an app or a computer game. However, my guess is that these kinds of games are going the way of the dodo.
Let's get back to the build:
You'll remember that I left off at having marked out the points at where the holes are drilled. It is then just a matter of putting the brad from the drill bit in each of those holes and drilling them to depth.
|Drilling lots of holes. The blue tape tells me how deep to drill the holes.|
I bought pegs for this board from Lee Valley. It might be fun to someday make my own. The Lee Valley ones are really good, and come in metal or wood. They require a 1/8" hole. I don't have a 1/8" drill bit, so I used a 3mm drill bit instead, and it seems to work fine.
After all the holes were drilled out, I went to work on hollowing out the cavity on the underside of the board in which to store nine pegs. Nine pegs because each of the three players need two for playing the game, and this board has some holes in which to keep track of how many games each player has one, so another for each player for that.
|Starting a cavity to store the pegs.|
|Cavity for storage of the pegs complete.|
|Planing out the layout marks.|
After that, it is time to finish. I wanted some way of marking the board with colors that show which pegs go where on the board. This is totally aesthetic, as once your pegs are in your lane, everyone will know that that's your lane. I just wanted to see how this would work.
First I put a deep groove in the center of each track with my marking gauge, and then I deepened it and widened it with my shop knife. I taped off the whole board, except for the part as close to one of the marks as I could, and sprayed with black spray paint.
Each track I did this way, except for the gold and silver tracks, I used fingernail polish.
|Here's the fingernail polish and spray paint.|
The fingernail polish was a little tricky to work with, and tended not to plane so well. The spray paint I had tried once before this way, and it worked great. I had to do this three times before I was satisfied with the result, but it finally worked OK. We'll have to see how it holds up to years of abuse.
|Paint and fingernail polish applied, ready to be planed down.|
|Finished cribbage board, ready for a game.|
|Folded up and ready for storage.|
|Detail of the added color.|
|My version of artistic photography.|
|Three handed crib, anyone?|
|Another art photo.|
What do you think?
Check out the first two posts for this build: Part I and Part II.