How to Build a Shuffle Board

By Brian Adler
Shuffleboard Table

The story of shuffleboard begins in 16th Century England. Players shoved coins down the length of long table. Later versions of the game became a staple of bars and social clubs. Shuffleboard reached the height of its popularity during the 1950s. Hundreds of teams competed in some of sports' largest tournaments. Modern shuffleboard tables range from a standard competition length of 22 feet to smaller home-sizes of 9 to 16 feet.

Cut each of the 4-inch by 4-inch posts to a length of 22 1/2 inches. Saw a 3/4-inch wide groove down the center of each post.

Cut two 15 1/2-inch by 20 1/2-inch sections out of the 3/4-inch plywood. Place one of these thin boards in the grooves between a pair of legs. Place the other thin board between the other pair of legs.

Make two narrow boards, 1-inch by 6-inches from the solid wooden board. Cut out another piece 25-inches wide by 12-feet long. Use wood screws to form the 1-inch by 6-inch boards and the 25-inch board into the shape of an open box. The narrower boards will be the sides.

Use wood screws to attach this large box, or cradle, to the front and back boards of the shuffleboard table. Cut more 3/4-inch plywood to fit in the bottom of the cradle.

Paint shuffleboard score lines on the surface of the plywood board. Nail this board to the bottom of the cradle. Stain the entire stable. Wax the surface of the play area with shuffleboard wax.

Things Needed

  • Saw
  • Wood Screws
  • Nails
  • Four 4-inch by 4-inch posts
  • 3/4-inch plywood
  • Solid wooden board 12-feet long by 1-inch thick
  • Shuffleboard wax

Tip

Use any firm wood for the solid wooden board. Competition shuffleboard tables are made with 3-inch thick maple boards, but maple is heavy and costly.

Warning

Reinforce the bottom of the cradle with wooden strips as needed depending on the weight of the wood.

About the Author

Brian Adler has been writing articles on history, politics, religion, art, architecture and antiques since 2002. His writing has been published with Demand Studios, as well as in an online magazine. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Columbia University.