How to Make a Shuffleboard Table

The game of shuffleboard has been around for hundreds of years and still remains popular today. Shuffleboard tables can be a great addition to a bar or den area in a home. Buying a shuffleboard table can be pricey with even lower end tables starting at nearly $1,000 apiece. Consequently if you have good carpentry skills building your own table can save a lot of money and add a bit of fun to your home or bar. Here are some steps you can take to make your very own shuffleboard table.


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    Determine what size you want your table to be. The size of a standard shuffleboard table can range anywhere from nine feet to twenty two feet.
    • Keep in mind that you need to have at least a couple feet of additional space on each end of the table in order to have room to play.
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    Look on-line for a shuffleboard table design if you are uncertain of building your own table from scratch or if you want a plan that has worked well for others in the past.
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    Decide what you want your table to be made of when you build a shuffleboard table. While maple or oak will give you the most durable table, these materials may be too expensive. For a more moderately priced table consider using plywood, bamboo flooring and perhaps with mahogany to use for the trim of the table.
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    Build the legs of the table. The top of the playing surface should be about three feet from the ground. However, the rest of the table will rest on top of the legs so the legs by themselves should be about two feet tall. Decide if you want round legs or square legs and cut your wood accordingly.
    • If you are building a longer table around sixteen feet or longer, additional legs will be needed to support the weight of the table.
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    Build the box component of the shuffleboard table with plywood. The plywood sheets can be fastened together with a mending plate.
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    Fasten additional boards to the attached plywood sheets to make up the sides of the box. Take extreme caution when cutting these boards as they will square up the box. Adding any boards to your box that are cut incorrectly will result in an uneven table and playing surface.
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    Paint or draw your playing surface on two MDF sheets. Design your playing surface carefully to ensure fairness. Consider drawing your playing surface using a felt tip pen or another fine drawing tool.
    • Shuffleboard tables often allow for multiple types of scoring: lines per the standard game and circles per curling rules. Decide if you want to be able to play using both scoring systems.
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    Secure the playing surface into the box component using bolts and washers.
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    Apply to the final playing surface a coating of clear gloss oil based polyurethane. This will give your board a smooth finish and help protect it from certain types of damage.

Things You'll Need

  • saw
  • plywood and MDF
  • washers, bolts and nuts
  • paint
  • pens
  • polyurethane

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Categories: Team Sports