How to Build a Shuffleboard Table
If you’re interested in trying to build a shuffleboard table, here is my account of making a shuffleboard with no prior woodworking experience. I had no tools, materials or construction knowledge going in, so the mistakes came early and often. But overall the shuffleboard table turned out great and I learned a lot along the way. I am currently in the process of creating this site to help others who are tackling this project. It may take me a couple of weeks to get all of the content up, the pictures loaded and the links working. Thanks for your patience.
For a couple years I’ve wanted to get a shuffleboard and after buying a house, I finally had the room. I searched around online and was disappointed to find out that 22 foot shuffleboards were priced around $5k. After seeing some 9, 12 and 14 foot boards locally, I just didn’t feel like the playing surface was long enough. I also didn’t want to drop some serious money on something that could never be taken apart and moved if I ever have to relocate for my job.
After looking for used tables on ebay, I came across DIY shuffleboard plans… but they were over $20 with shipping and came with a disclaimer that required:
- “Level 4 or level 5 woodworking abilities and a number of quality tools to insure success.”
I’m about a level 0 woodworker, so those plans weren’t for me. Fortunately, I did a couple of searches online and found some DIY examples:
After looking through Dave’s and Gary’s websites, it seemed like something doable for a beginner. I literally have no experience woodworking. The last time I took a construction class was in 7th grade and the only thing I’ve constructed since then was a tent. My collection of power tools was limited to a drill and a hammer, so any project would be an investment and a learning experience. I was enthusiastic that it would turn out well, but gave it a 50/50 chance of success.
Timing / Costs
Overall the project took me 3 weeks (weekends and a couple nights during the week). This is a lot longer than it should’ve taken because of all the mistakes I made. I think it should’ve taken two solid weekends. If you decide to give it a shot, I hope this site helps you avoid some of the missteps and wasted time that I experienced.
As far as costs go, I’ve added up the actual costs I incurred and also the required costs (not spending money on things that weren’t necessary). I’ve also looked at project-specific materials and general purpose items (ex. Tools) that could be used for more than just this project. Overall costs:
- Project-specific materials (required): $495
- All materials & tools (required): $837
Honestly, I tried to be as realistic and budget conscious as possible when adding up these totals. It was more expensive than I’d hoped but I came out with a great table, a good start to my tool bench and some experience. For full details on costs and materials, check out the Materials Page.
Starting the Project
So, I began with the playing court itself because I figured the success or failure of the project really depends on a level and smooth playing surface for the shuffleboard pucks
to travel across. After a quick sketch of the dimensions in Excel, I was ready to start.
Other major components (box to hold playing surface, legs, scoring) could be planned out later if the court was well executed.
Follow the links below for the full details on the build:
If you’d just like the short, step-by-step instructions, go to the link here:
Click here if you’re just looking for shuffleboard table dimensions
Click here if you’re just looking for shuffleboard table rules