Tabletop shuffleboard

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Project by Tennessee posted 01-19-2021 10:13 PM 668 views 9 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One day in my shop last year I ran across this design for a tabletop shuffleboard in a woodworking magazine. Although nice, I thought I could do better…
I went to my lumber pile, and found a plank of Jatoba, long unused, thought I would use it for a guitar, but no. I cut it into 1.5” thick strips, and glued them all up bowling alley style. The actual shuffleboard area is 48” long, 7 3/4” wide.
After gluing up, I planed and sanded it to 600 grit. With that smooth finish, I applied two coats of Carnuba wax over two days, gaining a super smooth finish that has no lacquer, poly, nothing on it save for the wax. The pucks slide like glass, often going off the back edge.

The tray is walnut, and the legs on the bottom of the tray were found at Lowes, for little money. You need adjustable legs to get it super level. The “pucks” miniature, were found on Amazon. I must admit, the blue pucks are not quite as fast as the orange pucks, something I have not figured out yet, even after numerous measurements and other investigations.

The original plans would have me buy two “pegs” for scoring, I decided to lathe out two, one purpleheart, one redheart. I had the option of putting in either a 15 hole scoring system, or a 21 hole scoring system, I opted for the 21.

The inlays in the Jatoba are White Oak. The original plans had just straight lines going across the board, I decided on radiused lines, made a jig so they would be all the same, and routed out 1/4” thick line that the white oak sits in.
This is because I wanted to create a “risk/reward” system…If you want to slide your puck up the very side of the board, you can enter the scoring area quicker than if you take the safe route, down the middle.

After building it, my wife and I have had mixed reactions to whether we want to sell it or not. So far, it sits on our dining room table, and often as we pass through, we push a few pucks to see how we do!

As always, Copy it if you Want!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 01-19-2021 11:04 PM

Yep, I have no doubt you did better…. that is beautiful!!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 01-20-2021 02:19 PM

Cool looking shuffleboard. You did a great job on this. Wouldn’t mind playing myself. I made a bowling alley recently similar to this so maybe it’s time for a shuffleboard. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 01-20-2021 02:36 PM

Awesome. What finish did you use?

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#4 posted 01-20-2021 04:00 PM

That turned out awesome. I can’t remember if I have this issue of Wood or I saw the plans online.

Is the playing surface attached to the frame at all?

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#5 posted 01-20-2021 04:08 PM

Terry, the finish on the walnut is four coats of sprayed lacquer, buffed and waxed.
The finish on the actual shuffleboard is only two coats of carnuba wax, which left it glass-like after sanding it to 600. The neat thing about that is you can go back maybe once a year, and simply put on another coat of carnuba wax, (Johnsons or Varathane brands are what I use), and it will perform like new.

The playing surface attachment to the tray, I pondered that a long time, but in the end, just put three wood screws in a straight line right down the middle from the bottom of the tray, through the walnut into the jatoba, to allow the jatoba, (which has not moved at all), to flex and move as it needed from season to season. I don’t see it doing much at all, it has been on my wood rack for almost nine years.
Thanks for looking!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#6 posted 01-20-2021 06:23 PM

Very cool and well done! I plan to build a full size version

-- Petey

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#7 posted 01-20-2021 07:34 PM

Whoh…you gonna use up some lumber!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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