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How to build a shuffleboard table

By Edited Sep 17, 2015 0 0

In the event that you’re thinking about making an effort to construct a shuffleboard table and have basically no previous wood construction expertise, then the two of us have something in common. I just recently constructed a shuffleboard table in my basement without having equipment, supplies or construction expertise going in. The troubles appeared early and quite often. Yet overall the shuffleboard table finished up incredibly good and I came to understand quite a bit at the same time. If ever you're thinking about taking on a Do it yourself shuffleboard table, listed below is an introduction to the major things that it took me to accomplish the challenge.

Time / Costs:

You really should have an appreciation for the expense and amount of time it will take to build a shuffleboard table. As a whole the task took me three weeks (the weekends along with a couple of evenings during the week). This, nonetheless, may be a extended estimate taking into consideration the assortment of mistakes which I produced and which I anticipate you may reduce.
As far as expenses go, I’ve summed up the overall expenses I incurred and also the mandatory expenditures (not really investing in things that weren’t vital). I’ve also thought about project-specific items and general purpose equipment (ex. Tools) that could be meant for in addition to this kind of project.

Overall expenses:

Task-specific materials (required): $495
• All supplies & equipment (required): $837

In all honesty, I attempted to be as reasonable and budget-conscious as possible when putting together these figures. The project was more costly than I’d hoped but I finished with a fun table, a good beginning to my tool bench and a bit of working experience.


Before you begin the job, you’ll want to separate it into workable actions. This can even aid in expenditures and trips to the hardware store. I didn’t want to start off and purchase a vehicle completely full of supplies right out of the gate. Alternatively, I originated with the shuffleboard playing surface. I thought the success or failure of the table really would depend on a even and seamless playing surface for the shuffleboard stones to move across. The 3 sensible elements of my undertaking (in sequence) were:

1. The Playing Field
2. The Cradle
3. The Legs

Playing Court (significant steps):

Draw out the dimensions (or look at my sketches)
Get hold of your first group of supplies and tools at the home improvement center
If it turns out the playing surface is more than eight feet, you’ll need to connect a couple of portions of MDF with glue or a amp-plate-join
• Sand over the seam and make use of wood filler, if wanted
• Paint the whole table (3 - 4 applications)
Carefully sand over the painted surface to remove blemishes
Apply polyurethane or polycrylic with a brush (at least five applications)
Gently sand the polyurethane
Apply even more poly with a paint brush (at least 3 coats)
Finish off the playing field with a aerosol bottle of poly

The Box (major steps):

• Sketch out length and width for the cradle (or reference my drawings)
Acquire your next group of supplies and tools from the hardware store
Attach the ends of the box to the sides of the cradle
Screw supporting sections of pine, every few feet, across the base of the box
Place down the base of box (OBF) on top of the supporting wood cross beams
Put down carpet so that it lays over the complete inside of the box (utilize stapler)
Put in shelving rail and carriage bolt assemblies anywhere you’d like the playing surface to be held up

The Legs (Key steps):

Draw the dimensions for the underside of the box and legs (or refer to my drawings)
Get hold of your third set of components and tools at the home improvement center
• Cut a portion of wood to the dimensions of the breadth of the box, attach a leg post into either side
• Where the piece of wood is connected to the posts, screw in 2 metal, 90 degree mounting brackets
• In between the 2 posts, install a support wood cross-beam
Repeat this for as many sets of legs that you need to support the box
Affix the post sub-assemblies to the base of the box, with equal distances between them to equally allocate the weight



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