Playing outdoor shuffleboard is fun for everyone, whether you're young or old. While these boards are popular entertainment in taverns, they can also be easily installed into your backyard for at-home gatherings with family and friends. Get in on the fun by installing a shuffleboard with just a little bit of land, concrete, and the following steps.
Step 1 – Prepare the Area
Your shuffleboard must have a slab of concrete 52-feet long and 10-feet wide. However, if you have additional space, you should add more to this number for extra standing space. A slab of concrete 60-feet long will allow for 4 feet on either side for players to stand.
Framing the Court
To first level the land, dig out dirt or grass in the area you want to frame your court. Then, use 1/2-by-4 inch strips of wood to frame the court. Secure the frame with stakes.
Step 2 – Pour the Concrete
Next, pour 600 square feet of concrete at a depth of 3-4 inches. Because this is a large quantity of concrete, you may need to hire a concrete truck or rent a larger-capacity concrete mixing drum to pour the concrete all at once. Pour the concrete, and then move on to the third step to level it.
Step 3 – Level out the Concrete
Next, level out the concrete with a large trowel. Since it’s such a large area, you might want to ask some friends to help you complete this step. Once the concrete slab is level and smooth, allow it several days to dry. Keep it moist, so that it doesn’t get brittle and crack.
Step 4 – Paint the Concrete and Boundaries
Once it’s dry, you can paint the concrete a solid color or simply seal it with a clear finish. Then, paint the court dimensions and surface markings. Find a template sold specifically for this purpose online to make the task easier. Make sure that dimensions and markings are clearly visible and a different color from the base color.
Step 5 – Wax the Court
Clean off any debris before completing this step. Then, with shuffleboard wax, coat the entire court, so that the discs can glide smoothly. You can re-wax the surface on a regular basis to ensure a smooth court to play on.
Step 6 – Gather the Game Tools
Finally, gather the shuffleboard rules, cues, discs, and players to have a blast in your own backyard. If you'd prefer a miniature version for your man cave or sports bar, build one in a few hours over the weekend.