|Project by RS Woodworks||posted 11-29-2011 05:49 AM||11635 views||44 times favorited||17 comments|
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!
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