I have a friend making some cribbage boards / boxes as gifts. Here is a pic of the top. I do the laser work.
The holes - we tried differint methods with the laser doing the complete hole none satisfactory so we went with a starting point for a brad point bit. That way it makes a nice clean hole in the correct location.
This is a 3/8 thick top that will be part of a storage box. Sides of walnut. top and bottom of maple.
Last year he made some out of a solid piece of wood and routed out a spot in the back to store cards and pegs.
Laser work takes about 8 minutes per board. Now he can go drill some holes - carefully!