This DIY triangle peg game is the perfect gift for friends or family and will have them remembering playing the game at Cracker Barrel in years past.
Father’s Day is tomorrow, so Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there, including my own. I’m always on the lookout for fun DIY projects that I can make for my family. I’ve done things like beer caddies, wine caddies and coasters. But recently I wanted to make a game. I was trying to think of a small wooden game that could make and instantly remembered the peg game at Cracker Barrel. If you’ve been to Cracker Barrel, you know what I’m talking about. It was at every table, so you more than likely played it while waiting for your food.
I scoured the internet to see if I could find a good plan that I could adapt to what I wanted to make and found one on Woodworker’s Journal. You can get the template from the link for the cutting but I did change a few things around. First thing is I changed the thickness of the wood I used. I also just used three magnets instead of two so I could just pull the top piece off instead of having a rotating hinge.
I happened to have a few spare pieces of Ash that I used to make this. So if you want to make one for yourself or give them to your friends or family, these are fun to make and even more fun to play. Be careful though, it can be a wee bit difficult to beat and you might get frustrated!
DIY Triangle Peg Game Shopping List
- Hardwood (Ash, Oak, Walnut, Maple) – 1″ x 8″ @ 14″
- Titebond III wood glue
- Masonry nails
- (6) 3/8″ neodymium magnets
- 80, 150, 220 grit sandpaper
- Wood stain
- Miter saw
- Drill press
- 2 3/4″ Forstner bit
- Hand sander
- Spray mount adhesive
How to Make a Wooden Triangle Peg Game
Cut piece of wood in half with miter saw so you have two pieces at 7″ length. Plane one piece of wood to 3/4″ thickness and the other to 1/2″ thickness. You can also just buy two pieces of wood at those thicknesses if you don’t have a planer.
Print out three templates. Cut out the template and using spray mount adhesive, glue the paper to each piece of wood. The 1/2″ thick piece of wood will have the template glued on the front and back, while the 3/4″ thick piece of wood will have the template glued to just one side.
With the 3/4″ thick piece of wood. Drill the 2 3/4″ center hole with the Forstner bit to a depth of 1/2″.
Drill three 3/8″ diameter holes, 1/8 in. deep, where marked on the template into the 3/4″ thick piece. The template has a pivot screw location, but I just drilled another hole 3/8″ diameter hole. These are going to house the magnets.
With the 1/2″ thick piece, drill the 15 peg holes. Make these holes 1/4″ deep with a 9/64″ diameter drill bit (see Photo 3).
Turn over 1/2″ thick piece of wood and drill three 3/8″ diameter holes, 1/8 in. deep, where marked on the template. You’ll want these to line up with the other piece of wood as it will be stacked on top and the magnets will hold it together.
Using a miter saw, cut out the triangle for both pieces. You can also use a band saw, but I don’t have one.
Glue the 6 magnets into their locations. Make sure the magnets will come together with opposite poles facing when the project is assembled so they’ll attract one another.
Sand with 80, 150 and 220 sandpaper.
If using wood stain, stain the wood now. Then finish with a couple of coats of polyurethane.