Shuffleboard table for fun

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Project by GaryK posted 2593 days ago 118449 views 68 times favorited 55 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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:

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

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#1 posted 2593 days ago

Great job Gary. I think this is the first shuffleboard table I have ever seen. Most unique.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 2593 days ago

Beautiful job Gary

I used to watch my father build a few shuffleboard tables for the local bars years ago.
I really enjoy playing it too.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#3 posted 2593 days ago

wow… Bravo.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 2593 days ago

looks fun…makes me want to come over for a cold one and a match…but it would be a long drive…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 2593 days ago

dude you are the man!! I was just talking to a freind about builind on e of these the other day in addition this would make a great project to put on my free plan site if you wouldn’t mind??


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#6 posted 2593 days ago

Great job. Gary, I am sending you a PM. Please let me know if you do not get it.

-- John

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#7 posted 2593 days ago

Did you make the pool table and turn the cues as well? Amazing work Gary…Amazing mahogany highboy, a unique beautiful chessboard, and now this…cool.

I just went through all the pictures and opened the Autocad drawing. Everything you need to build your own…very, very cool. And you did this to take a break?....Wow!

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 2593 days ago

Norm Abrams look out – Gary could be giving you some stiff competition!

Gary – thanks for posting your creations and for being so nice as to even provide drawings for others to use.

You really are providing a lot of things to promote “humility” in many of your fellow woodworkers (me for sure!).

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 2593 days ago

”You really are providing a lot of things to promote “humility” in many of your fellow woodworkers (me for sure!).”

May I echo these words, Tom?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#10 posted 2593 days ago

Great project Can you hinge the ends to fit in a 12’ room and then lay it out flat through the doorway when you want to play.

Great job and interesting choice of materials. Did you leave the original surface on the Bamboo or did you sand it off. Because you mentioned that you had 1/8” of bamboo on the planks from big blue.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#11 posted 2593 days ago

That’s a great project, Gary! I used to love shuffle board. I can’t remember playing it since I was a little kid, but I think the neighbor had a table. That brought back some nice memories. Thanks!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 2592 days ago

Thanks for all the comments!

Karson – If you build it, you can do whatever you like. Make it 12’, 10’ or whatever you need to do. Yes, I did sand off the factory finish there is no way to glue up the flooring to be perfectly level and flat. The outside frame is two pieces joined in the middle with splines. I didn’t do that to the playing surface though. If I ever need to I will cut that in half also and use a router to cut slots for splines. As is stands it weighs only about 100 pounds. It’s not that big a project. It took about 1 week to finish.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 2592 days ago

Thanks for the additional info.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#14 posted 2592 days ago

Woodworking (fun) meets fun for the whole family. Nice. I’d get a little intimidated by how perfect the playing surface has to be, and caught up in all those little details. Someday perhaps,...

Great job!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#15 posted 2592 days ago

That sure does’nt look like a workshop to me. So where did you build it.? dNice gaming table. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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