Shuffleboard Table

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Project by RyanC posted 04-18-2012 03:38 AM 9397 views 23 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have wanted a shuffleboard table for a while now and they can be pretty expensive to buy, so I thought I would just build one. Sounded simple enough… This ultimately took me several months to finish, but I perservered. I probably have over 50 hours in the playing surface alone. The overall dimensions are 16’ long, 30” wide and the surface is 30” from the ground.

The hardwood store had ash turning squares so that’s what I made the surface out of. They started out as 3”x3”x37”. I built the playing surface in quarters to allow it to fit through my planer. When I got it all planed and sanded, it ended up at about 2.5” thick and the whole thing weighs over 200 lbs.

The supporting table itself is pretty simple. Made the surround out of MDF, the legs are more ash, and the base is just plywood. All of that is veneered in walnut.

The final touches are the vinyl decals in the middle and the ends with several coats of polyurethane. I added the scaled down version of curling circles on each end for a different scoring game.

When all was said and done, for my first project, it came out pretty good. Just have to invite over a bunch of friends to enjoy it.


-- I've told you a million times not to exaggerate!!

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#1 posted 04-18-2012 03:53 AM

Awesome. That thing looks huge!

-- I got something on my mind grapes I need to talk to you about.

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#2 posted 04-18-2012 06:14 AM

Very nice….that must be a very large room you are using!!

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 04-18-2012 07:01 AM

Very nice. Did you consider using wood flooring over a sheet good base? I’ve thought of building one in the past and that was what I had in the back of my mind.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 04-18-2012 11:55 AM

I love this thing! How would you ever move it from where it is to a new home if ever you had the need to move? Does it break down or is it part of the home now? I don’t care either way, as having that in any house I was thinking about buying would be a plus. (I would have Da Bears as the logo though)

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#5 posted 04-18-2012 12:19 PM

Great job always loved playing this game.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 04-18-2012 12:41 PM

Oh, I gotta build me one of these! What a terrific project you completed here! Congratulations!!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#7 posted 04-18-2012 12:44 PM

That’s an incredible first project! It looks to be very well done. Now, enjoy!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 04-18-2012 04:57 PM

Very, very well done. For your first project you have done an excellent job! I too would wonder about how to move such a project should I move somewhere else – sure wouldn’t want to leave it behind after putting all that work into it.


-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#9 posted 04-18-2012 05:17 PM

Very cool.

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#10 posted 04-18-2012 06:10 PM

Very well done. Would be a lot better without the cubs logo. GO CREW

-- If you don't start building your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

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#11 posted 04-18-2012 09:27 PM

Thanks everyone. It is nice to finally have this out of the garage so I can work on other stuff.

As for tearing it down, that was part of the challenge of making this. The playing surface is split in the middle and just mechanically joined so those pieces are each 8ft in length. The table itself breaks down into 3 pieces that are each 8ft in length as well with 4ft overlap on each part.

I have been getting quite a few comments from my friends as well about my cubs sticker. This is the year!

-- I've told you a million times not to exaggerate!!

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#12 posted 04-18-2012 10:51 PM

this is a very impressive first project. well done!!!! it would look alot better without that cubs logo :) but otherwise i loe it

-- "...if america is any indication, i was born into one great big vacation...." RMB

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#13 posted 04-18-2012 11:16 PM

That is gorgeous. I too have always wanted to make one. Can’t believe what they charge for these things. Did you buy a plan or just get some official measurements and wing it?

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#14 posted 04-19-2012 02:31 AM

I love shuffleboard! Reminds me of what one can do with 2 hands, some tools, and some determination.

-- Strom

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#15 posted 02-19-2014 07:24 PM

Have you found the need to add Climate Controls for the playing field?

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