|Project by GaryK||posted 06-26-2007 06:06 PM||121890 views||69 times favorited||55 comments|
Here is a 16 foot shuffleboard table, which was one of the first projects I made in my new shop.
I thought that I needed a break from making furniture so this was just the thing. If you would like to see it under construction check out the following link: http://www.wizaard.com/shuffleboard
Usually the play surface is made from 3” thick solid hard maple. Way too heavy and expensive for me so I decided on a different approach. I made the entire thing from 4-5 sheets of 4’x8’ sheets of plywood, 2 boxes of bamboo flooring and some mahogany for the trim.
For those interested I have also inculded in the link above a AutoCAD drawing that I created to work out the details, and the part layout on the plywood. This drawing is not really complete but it should give you 99% of the details for building one yourself. That along with the pictures, you should be able do it with no problems.
The bamboo flooring (Lowes) was modified out ot the box since there is a small radius where the boards meet up. I ran all of them through the table saw taking just enough material off to get rid if it. I used bamboo becuare it is a hard and light colored surface. Plus there was about 1/8” of bamboo to allow for sanding.
I mounted the bamboo flooring to a plywood frame that allowed me to level it every 15 or so inches, since the bamboo is nowhere as rigid as solid maple. Check the link for details.
Everything else is made from plywood except for the mahogany trim around the edge.
The pattern allows two kinds of scoring. The lines for the standard game, and the circles for the scoring used in curling (played on ice). The curling scoring is great. I used felt tipped pens for marking them. The finish is an oil poly for durability.
The carpet came from Lowes which worked perfectly for lining the case. It’s just a standard floor runner. No glue to hold it in, just jamming it in worked fine.
There are probably more things that I forgot to mention so if you have any questions just ask.
-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX