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Sjoelbak anyone? (Dutch shuffleboard)

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 997 days ago 8647 views 44 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project that I have wanted to build for a long time, and I finally got around to it. I promised the family it would be done by Christmas, and what do ya know! It’s done a month early!

For those of you not familiar with Dutch shuffleboard, it’s a very fun and addictive game. Each player has three turns to throw the pucks down the board, and try to get them in the numbered slots. The goal is obviously to get as many pucks in the slots as you can, but you get more points for having even number of pucks in each slot. 1 in each slot is 20 points, 2 in each is 40, 3 in each is 60, and so on. A really good score is 100 plus after your three turns. It’s a fantastic family game and my kids (2 1/2 and 4 1/2) are already beating me regularly! And they usually choose to play this over video games, which is great!
I grew up playing this game and my parents still have the board that I learned on. It’s pretty plain oak with beech pucks, but I wanted to make one a little fancier.

I was able to download the dimensions off the internet (found here if your interested). So a big thanks to Dempsey Woodworking for the help with that!

I came across a really good deal on a whole bunch of quilted makore veneer earlier this year, and I thought it would make a wonderful looking playing surface. (Thanks Red!!) So I veneered some 1/4” hardboard. I used quilted maple for the sides, and a highly figured piece of birdseye maple for the scoreboard. The score numbers are inlayed walnut dowels, and the dividers in the scoring area are also walnut. I used a solid piece of quilted makore wood for the cross rail near the front of the board (start bar). That cross rail serves two purposes in the game. First, it’s where you stack the pucks so you can reach them easily, and second, the rule is if a puck bounces back at you, if you can reach it under that divider, you get to throw it again.
The pucks are a set I ordered off ebay from a Dutchman who makes them. They are maple, but I am having some harder heavier ones made of jatoba custom turned for me. I will keep the maple ones for the kids, but they are a bit undersized (easier to score with) and light (easier to throw) for adults to play with.

The playing surface was prefinished with 5 coats of brush on polyurethane for durability. Then once assembled, the rest was finished with several coats of poly as well. Then everything, including the pucks were waxed so they slide super easy.

Hope you guys like it. Thanks for looking!

Ryan

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!





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obi999

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#1 posted 997 days ago

I think this is the premium version of this gameboard. Never seen such a beautiful board anywhere.
Great work, thank you for sharing!

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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mpmitche

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#2 posted 997 days ago

That is very cool. What a great game for kids to keep them active. I’m adding to my favorites so I can copy some day.

-- Mike, Western New York

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MasterSergeant

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#3 posted 997 days ago

What a great project! I bet the children think it is special as well. I love making kids “toys” I’ll have to look into building one of these.
Thanks for sharing

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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Brandon

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#4 posted 997 days ago

Great work! You definitely achieved making a “fancy” game board. I love the color of that makore.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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beachvillain

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#5 posted 997 days ago

Nice work. I grew up playing this at my grandparents, and added it to my to-build list after playing it with a bunch of the old people at church on the weekend.

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NBeener

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#6 posted 997 days ago

Beautiful board :-)

I’ve played it a time or two, while visiting friends, East of Amsterdam. It IS a hoot !

Really nicely done !

-- -- Neil

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LonelyRaven

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#7 posted 997 days ago

Wow, great looking game! I looked up some videos on you tube to see it in action. It looks like those pucks can be tossed really hard! I hope that beautiful wood lasts you!

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tamboti

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#8 posted 997 days ago

Hi Ryan If you still speak or understand Dutch ” Wel gedaan jonge ” Well Done young man. Regards Roger in Pretoria

-- Africa is not for sissies

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RS Woodworks

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#9 posted 997 days ago

Thanks everyone! I appreciate the comments.
This is an extremely fun game and the kids love it. It was a special treat to play it at oma and opa’s house when we visiot, but now they can play it here often and get good enough to beat opa next time they visit!

The pucks do end up being thrown quite hard. By the end of a turn, the pucks have usually jammed up in front of the holes in quite a mass. The player will throw the pucks as hard as they can to try to force one or two more pucks into the slots to eake out a few more points. It gets quite intense and when it’s the adults turn, it’s wise not to stand at the end of the board! The pucks can go flying and we don’t let the kids stand there.
Also, if a puck flips on top of another, or sits up half on it, it’s called a “bockie”. The player shouts “bockie!” and gets the puck back to throw again. It’s fun!

Ryan

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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vakman

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#10 posted 997 days ago

Great job! I’m going to visit my family in Holland for xmas, and I’ll be sure to play this while I’m there. Een leuk project hoor!

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#11 posted 997 days ago

I think this is great. Looks like a game the whole family will enjoy. Gonna favorite this for a future game project. Thank you for sharing!!!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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nittanylion

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#12 posted 996 days ago

I am looking forward to making this with my fifth grade students, with some “adult” supervision of course. These types of games for kids are so much more memorable than the video games that seem to consume them.
Thanks for sharing!

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Diggerjacks

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#13 posted 996 days ago

Hello Ryan Sparreboom

You’ve done a fantastic job on this project

I like this game ( to 7 at 77 years old)

You can see my version in my projects but yours is marvelous
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/33465

When I saw your project I want to do another one

Thanks a lot for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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Ranger97ab

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#14 posted 925 days ago

That is a Awesome looking board & a really cool game, I’ll have to put that on my build list also. Good to see another Albertan on here, I just joined a few days ago. I live just a few min north of Red Deer, well take care

Randy

-- I Live for Sawdust Flying ! Randy- Lacombe, Alberta

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sarahbriggs25

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#15 posted 867 days ago

Hmm i saw the pic of that shuffleboard table, man its such an awesome shuffleboard table I must say. And ya looking at this I think this might be very costly too. Anyways I just want to say to please suggest me some shuffleboard as I want for my farm house.


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