Some tips to follow when making a cribbage board include to use pine, because it is a soft wood that cuts easily, and to print a cribbage sheet to use as a guide to make the holes in the board. Another tip is to cut a rough semi-circle at the top of the board before using a palm router to fine-tune the shape of the circle.
In addition to the palm router, another router makes an eased edge around the edges of the board, which gives a cribbage board a detailed, professional look. For guidance, pencil drawings made directly on the block of wood can provide indicators for placement of the peg holder and swivel pin. Pencil drawings help the craftsman cut more accurately. The second block of wood sits on the swivel pin, and the space between the two blocks provides storage for a deck of cards.
While pine is a wood that is easy to cut, for a designer who wants a cribbage board to feature a center racing strip of a different color, oak is a high-quality wood that contrasts with pine. Poplar wood might be too soft to work effectively for construction into a cribbage board.
Finally, using sandpaper after the craftsman completes cutting the board gives it a smooth, user-friendly finish. A walnut stain gives a cribbage board a deep, attractive color. To distinguish between pegs, the designer might paint one or two of the pegs a different color for easy identification.
A cribbage board does not have to be curved. A rectangular shape with dual, contrasting wood inlets is another popular type of cribbage board.