Drilling Cribbage-Board Holes
Drilling holes in a cribbage board is time-consuming and very exacting. The fixture shown here produces fast, accurate holes by using small spacers to locate them. Four thin spacers are used for the holes within each group of five, and every fifth spacer is thicker, to set the wider areas between the groups of five. To use the fixture, put all the spacers in place and line up the bit with the first hole. Then drill the first hole, remove one spacer, move the board to the left, drill the next hole and move the board again. Repeat this process until you have completed the row. Realign the jig and replace the stack of spacers to begin the next row. One good method for locating subsequent rows is to slide the jig toward the drill-press post and pin it in place. The whole operation is almost as much fun as playing cribbage.
Charles W. Whitney, Mount Vernon, Ohio
Fine Woodworking Magazine, February 1992 No. 92