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Information On Shuffleboards Shuffleboard Maintenance

Wax on wax off shuffleboard tables

Wax on, Wax off,” Mr. Miyagi instructed his young protégé, Daniel, in the movie “The Karate Kid.” If only Mr. Miyagi knew that with shuffleboard tables, there is no wax on Wax off. It’s more sprinkle wax on then take the Shuffleboard table sweep and brush the excess Wax off.

Many people are not aware that there are four (4) wax speeds to choose from shuffleboards. Not all speeds of Wax are created equally. For example, Speed 4 is best for shuffleboards that are between 9 feet shuffleboard tables to 12 feet shuffleboard tables in length.

While 12-Foot Shuffleboards and 14-foot long shuffleboard Tables, Speed 3 shuffleboard wax is ideal. Depending on your board finish and pucks, you may find some overlap in these recommended speeds. Speed 2 Wax will work best on 16-foot Shuffleboard tables or 18-foot long shuffleboards.

The best Wax for the longboards, we would recommend Speed 1 shuffleboard wax. For 20-foot shuffleboard tables or 22-shuffleboard tables, use Speed 1 Wax. The official tournament size is the 22-foot shuffleboard table length. The 22-foot shuffleboard table is the size table you would find in most commercial locations, clubs, or bars.

Shuffleboard Wax is available by the 24-pound buckets Speed 1 wax for a more economical solution for clubs or shuffleboard leagues. One thing that is often confusing about Shuffleboard Wax is the term Wax. People often think it is like a paste wax or something you buff on the shuffleboard table. When we use the term wax, we mean the powder or often called dust or salt. The Wax is the stuff you sprinkle on the table, and the puck slides on top of the Wax, not on the playboard itself.

Wax is available in yellow or brown, with the primary difference the base that regulates the speed. The brown Wax uses crushed nutshells. If you have any nut allergies in your family, use the yellow Wax. The yellow Wax uses Corn Meal, and one disadvantage is that during humid days, the Corn Meal can absorb some moisture and affect Wax’s speed.

One other misconception is how to use the Wax for tournament play. They Wax a board only at the start of one game, and it is not allowed to spread out more powder or shuffleboard wax during the gameplay. In Shuffleboard Tournaments, they allow a lot of Wax to gather in the gutter, and it is allowable for the shooter to throw Wax by the hand from the Wax that gathers in the gutter at the end of the shuffleboard table. At the end of each game, you would use a shuffleboard table board sweep to clean the board free of all Wax and start over with Wax’s new light coat. To see more on how to wax a shuffleboard table, see this post here.

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Labor Day 2020 A Tribute To American Worker Celebrate with American Made Shuffleboard Tables.

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Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions of the American Worker. Did you know that a Carpenter started labor Day? Peter J McGuire a Carpenter and labor union leader, was the person who came up with the idea for Labor Day. He thought the American workers should be honored with their own day. He proposed the idea to New York’s Central Labor Union early in 1882, and they thought the holiday was a good idea.

We seem to have forgotten the labor in America that produces stuff, not just assembles things. At McClure Tables, we could not do what we do without the work of our craftsmen. We have four master Craftsmen that three would be journeymen carpenters, and one is a finish master technician. In Celebrating the American worker, you may be proud to know that all our workers make carpenters Union hourly salaries. We have no nonskilled workers or factory assembly line workers that handcraft our Shuffleboard Tables. The same craftsmen who built your table also sanding of the cabinet and maybe the one who does the final packing and carpet

Many of the companies who claim to Make American Made Shuffleboard tables are like so much manufacturing in America anymore they don’t make anything. They assemble it. You will find virtually every Pool Table, Billiard Manufacture, and Game Table manufacture now also offers shuffleboard tables in their Game table offerings. However, do they make all the parts or build the cabinet? Most of them create the cabinets and buy the butcher block Shuffleboard Playing surface. Some even import many of their cabinets and parts.

If you already own a McClure Shuffleboard Table, the team of craftsmen thanks you for your support. Perhaps you can share our Labor Day sale event with a friend or neighbor, and if you need some shuffleboard table supplies they are on sale for our annual Labor Day sale event.

McClure Tables Started in the Gameroom business as a retail dealer of all this type of Gameroom Equipment. We eventually expanded into contract manufacturing and then settled in on exclusively manufacturing American Made Shuffleboard tables over ten years ago. One of the coolest parts of focusing only on the Shuffleboard tables is 90% of everything we make starts with locally grown harvested and kiln-dried hardwoods. We source our Hard Michigan Maple to make our play boards from local sources, and from the area where the tree grows to where the American Made Shuffleboard Table is crafted is less than 150 miles. So as we celebrate this labor day in 2020, keep in mind the American Worker and how you can support that worker buying not just American Made but American Crafted products. Products made from scratch using raw materials are locally crafted with small shops and sold directly to the consumer. Just buying something with the American Flag and a sign that says made in the USA may not be supporting the American worker. You may help lower-wage assembly jobs, not high skilled labor like journeymen carpenters. See some of our woodworkers and artisans in action below. As always, to honor this celebration, McClure Handcrafted Shuffleboard Tables are on sale for Labor Day going on now through September 14th. See our inventory of In Stock Labor Day Sale Shuffleboard Tables here.

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Custom Shuffleboard Table Designs Shuffleboard Tables

Awesome Shuffleboard Tables Models 2020

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At McClure Tables, handcrafting shuffleboard tables is what we do, and about once per year, we try to create a few new models or designs. Often the inspiration for a design or style can come from virtually anywhere. We have had clients who have sent us pictures of coffee tables or end tables they saw on a popular image site like Pinterest. We can take that picture and create a one of a kind shuffleboard table. We are handcrafted in Grand Rapids, Michigan, by master artisans who use locally harvested hardwoods like Michigan Hard Maple, Tulipwood, White Oak, American Black walnut, and more to create the cabinet and legs all in our shop.

We want to introduce to you three of our newest model shuffleboard tables for 2020. We hope you find one of these styles that will fit that perfect recreation room, Mancave, or Gameroom that you had in mind.
 

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The Vicksburg Shuffleboard Table

We are combining both an industrial look with the rustic caricature of red oak combined with bronze powder-coated turnbuckles and metal angle iron corners. The Vicksburg Shuffleboard Table comes from 12 foot to 22-foot length models. We use two sets of legs on the 12 foot, and for the 14 foot to 18 foot, you will have three sets of legs, and then for the 20-22 foot size model, we use five sets of legs. You can choose from several wood finish colors medium oak, natural oak, or Gunmetal all look very nice on this model.

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The Contempo Metal V Base 12-foot Shuffleboard Table

 The Contempo has always been one of our most popular models, and for this new design in 2020, we offer a 12-foot size with a V style metal powder-coated base. The cabinet on the Contempo shuffleboard table is made using select and better hard maple. The legs are a powder-coated black metal that looks good as shown in the black Opec finish but also would combine well with both the natural maple cabinet color or heirloom color. We custom make all shuffleboard tables in our woodshop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, using local artisans and locally harvested hardwoods.

Contempo V Base 12 foot Black Opec

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The Eclipse 12 foot Shuffleboard Table

Our Eclipse shuffleboard table got inspiration from a dining table that we saw on a Pinterest page. We had another customer showed us a design that we did build for them the Limberg Shuffleboard model, but that was the first time we learned to bend wood to make the arched legs. The first time we made the Limberg, we had never bent timber before. On that same page, we saw a cool looking dining table, and that was all the inspiration that our craftsmen needed to dream up the Eclipse shuffleboard. We can only make this design in the 12-foot style because we do not feel it would look well with more than one base, and we can not get the lumber long enough for making anything longer.

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Direct to Consumer Shuffleboard News

McClure Tables Handcrafted Shuffleboards Sold Direct & On-Line Featured In National Hardwood Magazine

Handcrafted Shuffleboard Tables Sold Direct and On-Line made one at a time in Grand Rapids, Michigan. McClure Tables has been handcrafting shuffleboards for over ten years, and recently, they were featured in National Hardwood Magazine February 2020 print and online edition. Known worldwide for making the most elegant shuffleboard tables in the world, McClure Tables has sold tables all over the United States. In addition to they have tables located throughout the world, including Israel, England, Amsterdam, Russia, Australia, Japan, France, Hawaii, Taiwan, and New Zealand. Most of McClure Shuffleboards tables are in private homes, but you may also find in hotels, restaurants, or your company break room.
Recently featured in National Hardwood Magazine, read online here. Todd McClure, who comes from the retail side of the business of home Gameroom products, founded McClure Tables in 1991, in 2009 he began to focus exclusively on Shuffleboard tables. Having experience in the retail side buying from manufactures as well as working at one time as a manufactures representative, he found that many game table manufacturers lose their focus trying to be a one-stop-shop. They think a foosball table, pool table, shuffleboard, or Poker table are all similar products. When at the heart of the shuffleboard table is the playing surface and the requirements to make butcher block that is 3″ thick and 12 to 22 foot in length requires expertise in hardwood glue up and processing equipment. For this reason, the majority of manufacturers only make cabinets and purchase the playing boards from butcher block experts. Not wanting to leave any of the processes to outside contract manufacturing and the want to control in house McClure makes everything in their factory.
There are over 30 different designs and styles of cabinets all custom built to order. McClure Tables even makes Authentic Rock-Ola Shuffleboard tables in the art deco style famous on the original Rock-Ola Shuffleboard Tables made in 1948 & 1949. It is not unusual to use reclaimed beams or timber logs to craft the Shuffleboard cabinetry, and many customers personalize with their company logo or favorite sports team. The company is housed in a 24,000 square foot facility part of the McClure owned 38,000 square foot building.
In the past, shuffleboard tables were phased out of the arcade bar and restaurant scene for space reasons, but now the game is seeing a massive resurgence in home theater rooms and company break rooms. Owner Todd McClure confessed that while the five employees at McClure Tables like to play, “We’re more woodworkers than shuffleboard enthusiasts. We are purist, one of the few companies who make boards the old fashioned way.” The thick hardwood playing boards they make use locally harvested hard Michigan maple wood and use a durable hard polyester finish are warrantied for a lifetime at home or five years for commercial applications.
Custom handcrafted, pride in woodworking, choice in sizes, styles, and woods, aggressive pricing, and creative customers who can buy directly from the builder-These factors set McClure Tables apart in the shuffleboard realm.

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Shipping & Set Up

How to find an installer to set up your shuffleboard table?

We offer the service of contracting out the delivery and installation of your shuffleboard table. Why does this service cost more than many e-commerce web sites who advertise less expensive white glove services? Often they are using the same per weight calculations they may use with other furniture or other items that they sell. They also could have some profit margin built into the retail mark up and can absorb some of that cost.

Because McClure Tables is manufacture, not a retailer and we sell at wholesale to the public. Two factors contribute to our higher cost for ordering the setup and installation service. One is because we sell at wholesale often the company we are contracting out to do the installation is a retailer who sells other brands of shuffleboard tables. We do not sell to retail dealers, and our prices with the discounted shipping are that local retail stores cost for a Brunswick, Olhausen or Championship shuffleboard table. He is losing the retail sale and mark up to us and wants to charge a premium price to make up for the loss of the retail mark up or lost sale. Sometimes it is because we do use contractors who don’t have retail stores, but they may have to travel a great distance. We stay pretty busy with production and sales management. The time to make phone calls and search to find an installation company is a service that we must charge a fee to provide.

One solution, however, is for you to do the leg work yourself. Below is a map we put together of the vendors or companies that we use. If you are an installer and would like to on this map, contact us at sales@mccluretables.com, and we will add you to this list. For the consumer, you can often save money by finding the installer directly yourself. Feel free to use the map below as a reference but also go to Google Maps and search in your area for a billard service company or even home delivery services and moving and storage companies. 

Setting up a shuffleboard table is not technical and not that difficult. Don’t let the local internet retailer fool you with his sales pitch that his team is experts at setting up game tables. Their delivery people are highly skilled with pool tables, but not shuffleboards. Shuffleboard Tables are a very specialized game, and they are not so critical on the level of the table and not supposed to be set up perfectly level. The cabinet is supposed to be high on both ends with a sway in the Shuffleboard table, so pucks are going slightly uphill on each end of the game board. See our post here on how to set up a shuffleboard table for some tips and advice. If you look at the videos at the bottom of the page I don’t think you will find setting up a shuffleboard table is that difficult. Mostly you need the human resources to do the heavy lifting. 

So there are considerable advantages to buying directly from the manufacturer you do get a wholesale price on models like this Ludington Shuffleboard Table below starting at $2895.00 that you can choose your finish, size, and other options. 

Ludington Shuffleboard Table

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Custom Shuffleboard Table Designs Shuffleboard Tables

Charles Limbert Arts and Craft Furniture Inspired The Limbert Shuffleboard

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Charles Limbert was born in Lyonsville, Pennsylvania in 1854 and died at his home outside Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1923. He opened his furniture factory in Grand Rapids in 1902. He was one of the most successful furniture leaders in the history of Grand Rapids and the Arts and Craft movement in America. The furniture that bears his name is often some of the most extraordinary work of the arts and craft furniture every made. To this day, it is highly sought after and thoughtfully collected. In his honor, we have named our latest Shuffleboard model ‘The Limbert”.

Charles Limbert collaborated with several major furniture builders and designers in Grand Rapids in the late 1800’s such as “Klingman and Limbert Chair Co” and his own furniture selling commission called “Charles P Limbert & Co”, he opened his own name brand company, the “Charles P Limbert Furniture Co” in Grand Rapids in 1902.

Limbert Trademark

Grand Rapids has a rich history of early Dutch Arts and Craft furniture. Charles Limbert always used the term arts and crafts to describe his furniture and never used the word mission. He visited Europe several times and studied examples of Dutch peasant furniture. He was always acknowledging the influence of the German and Austrian Secessionists on his work.  We did not set out to copy the style of a company that made this style of shuffleboard, a furniture company in Tennessee like many game table and pool table manufactures also makes Shuffleboards under the name of Kush Shuffleboards. If you would like to review or learn more about how McClure Shuffleboard Tables compare to Kush Shuffleboards read this blog post here.

A client of McClure Tables sent them a Pinterest page picture of the style of shuffleboard they liked. They recognized it as the Kush model the Craftsmen see the model comparison here, but the customer wanted the best playboard and warranty in the business. So they asked McClure if they could make a style like this. The team of craftsmen responded absolutely as they always do if they can have some creative liberty on the design. A few things we did not like, first they could tell that the beam arch made on a CNC computer-generated machine was not even a perfect arch. The metal corners on the corner of the table were out of place when a high-end joinery technique like a dovetail joint would be more fitting for the arts and craft style. We understand the metal industrial look is fashionable right now, but the metalwork looks like the welds look like an 8th-grade shop student performed them not a high-end metal artesian experienced welder.

At McClure Tables we do not just build shuffleboard tables we craft them one at a time in our Grand Rapids woodshop. We do not even use auto cad drawings these creations are done with master woodworkers who use their imagination and creativity to make the finest shuffleboard tables available in the world. We ship McClure Tables worldwide and have tables in Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Netherlands, Russian, Israel, England, New Zealand and if we have not mentioned your country yet then what is stopping you? Order a custom handcrafted shuffleboard table at McCluretables.com  made in America handcrafted in Michigan. This is what we crafted our latest Shuffleboard model “The Limbert” See the photo gallery below

 

 

If you would like to see how the table came into shape and the craftsmanship that went into the design, see our video here.

We put in our creative style and designs, and this is what we came up with The Limbert Shuffleboard Table.

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Brand Comparison Kush Shuffleboards

Kush Model Comparison

Kush Shuffleboard 

Located in:

Tennessee

The Craftsmen:

The Kush Shuffleboard Table model the Craftsmen side by side comparison

  • Cabinet construction Standard is Poplar or Tulip-wood with optional upgrade to Cherry wood.
  • PlayboardStandard 2.25″ Appalachian Maple? playing surface with a 1/4″ polymer coating – Net wood play board thickness 2″ Thick3″ North American Hard maple Maple playing surface available as an upgrade with polyurethane finish. $800 more
  • Custom Stain $450 more
  • Leather padded corners upgrade $550 more
  • Corners metal welded angle Iron cabinetry
  • Price range starting with options above at $16000

We do not know much about Kush shuffleboard tables, but their web site is very vague, and we do know like virtually every brand we compare or know of sold they have a multi-tier distribution policy. The factory gets one price, the resale dealer or retailer charges you another rate. When you buy from retail dealers or resellers then more of what your paying is going into marketing rather than top quality materials and craftsmanship to used in the manufacturing of the product.

McClure Tables Shuffleboards

Located In:

Grand Rapids Michigan.

The Limbert:

The Limbert Arts and Craft shuffleboard Table
The Limbert Shuffleboard

Side by Side comparison The McClure Handcrafted Difference

Cabinet Construction Ribbon Cut African Mahogany standard other wood available upon request.

  • Playboard Standard 3″ thick hard maple with lifetime warranty Piano Polyester Finihs
  • Custom Stain upon request no upcharge
  • Leather Padded Corners standard
  • Corners Dovetail joinery
  • Price Range as standard construction $15,995
Available now on our web site the latest in a series of models we plan to roll out in 2019 with a modern forged theme using some metal formed legs and other metal artwork, but still keeping with the elegant furniture cabinetry that McClure Tables is a well-renowned builder. If you see a design or style don’t settle for companies that have little experience in making shuffleboard tables. The heart of the table is the hard maple playboard buy from artisans who specialize in making playboards with over a decade of experience in the glue-up, finish, and design of the hard maple butcher block playboards. See here the Limbert Shuffleboard Table.
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Kush Shuffleboards

Kush Shuffleboard Brand Comparison

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Kush Shuffleboards

 

Manufacturing Location:

Though a little less known Kush Shuffleboard location is in Chattanooga, Tennessee and they have been making shuffleboard tables for a few years. They do not know a lot about the game of shuffleboard but tend to have some creative, unique designs.

Kush Standard Playboard construction :

The main ingredient needed for the best shuffleboard play surface is North American Hard Maple the trees grow in the Eastern United States. Kush Shuffleboards use as standard a 2.25″ thick playboard made of Ambrosia Maple maple with the bar Top epoxy finish. So the net wood is probably a 2″ thick play-board with 1/4 inch of the plastic epoxy.

They do offer an 800 upgrade with an actual hard maple butcher block top with a polymer finish. We highly recommend if you choose to purchase a Kush Shuffleboard you make this choice. We can not testify to the quality and can tell from the image on their web site they have no equipment required to make the shuffleboard butcher block. So typical of virtually all shuffleboard companies they are really a cabinet maker

Where to purchase:

The Kush Shuffleboard tables are sold through many internet retailers and dealers.

You can also purchase directly from the Kush Shuffleboard website.

Customizations Offered?

Yes – Lights & Scoreboards (varies by model)

Can You Add A Custom Logo?

Yes

Table Sizes:

This is where the rubber meets the road, and though they have some nice designs, they know nothing about Shuffleboards. Since 1940’s shuffleboards are measured not by the play-board length but the cabinet. Most their styles come in 9′ 12′, 14′, 16′ play-board lengths. They even offer a 22-foot size play-board in a 22-foot size that standard feature is only 2.25″ thick.

When we restore antique tables that are beyond the tolerance acceptable for a restore and why traditional boards were made 3 inches thick so they could be sanded and resurfaced over the years. We have seen antique 22-foot models with board thickness as low as 2.5″ meaning they have been refinished several times, but this is the minimum thickness.

Shuffleboard Table Price Range: 

$2,200 – $18,000 They offer a variety of sizes but restricted on sizes woods and styles most very industrial but they do offer outdoor options with Resin or stone play board. Mostly industrial metalwork rather than fine woodworking.

Wood & Finish Variety

Most models are made with Poplar, but they offer some reclaimed wood and some Cherry as an upgrade. Custom finish option upgrade for extra $800

Playboard Material & Thickness

2.25″ Appalachian Maple? playing surface with a 1/4″ polymer coating – Net wood play board thickness 2″ Thick

3″ North American Hard maple Maple playing surface available as an upgrade with a polyurethane finish.

Do They Offer Installation?

Yes

Do They Offer Free Shipping?

Yes with some restrictions

Playboard warranty?

Unknown not stated on their web site

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McClure Tables Shuffleboards

Manufacturing Location:

The McClure Tables woodshop, where all cabinets playboards and component parts are made in-house, is located in Jenison Michigan.

Environmental Social Economic Impact :

The main ingredient needed for the best shuffleboard play surface is North American Hard Maple. We use hard maple on all our construction, not just for the play boards but for the cabinets and legs as well. The wood is grown, harvested, and kiln-dried within 3 counties whose borders touch. Therefore the environmental impact of transporting raw materials to the craftsmen who will build the product is minimal. The raw materials, labor, and other resources available to create shuffleboard tables are all in our woodshop; only finished products leave.

About:

McClure Tables proudly features a fantastic collection of unique shuffleboard table models in addition to faithful reproductions of the famous Rock-Ola tables built in 1947 and 1948. All McClure shuffleboard tables are handcrafted in our 18,000 square foot facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Once known as the furniture capital of America, Grand Rapids has a rich history of fine woodworking craftsmanship. This history of excellence goes into every shuffleboard table we build, refinish, or repair. Each and every shuffleboard table is crafted by hand, finished, and carefully inspected by our team of highly skilled and dedicated woodworking artisans. All McClure shuffleboard playing surfaces are made with locally harvested Michigan hard maple to provide the highest quality playboard available in the marketplace. The Playboards are coated with an ultra-durable finish, the McClure standard ensures your shuffleboard table will stand up to decades of exciting game-play.mccluretables.com

Where to purchase:

McClure Tables are only sold directly by the company or craftsmen who build the product. You can not buy McClure Tables from Amazon or any reseller, and we do not contract-manufacture for any other brands. We only sell directly on our web site. You can find our most extensive selection and all customizable options at McCluretables.com We offer three groups of tables on our web site. We provide handcrafted tables at wholesale prices using factory type woods for the cabinets. Also, we have in-stock inventory available for immediate shipping. Our custom line of shuffleboard tables uses premium hardwood cabinetry such as hard maple, American Cherry, Walnut, Sapelle or Mahogany woods for the cabinets.

Customizations Offered?

Yes – Lights, Scoreboards, Score Beads, Cabinets, Wood Type, & Finish add a logo to any model

McClure Tables Complete Shuffleboard Table Price Range: 

$1,995 – $28,000 price range of shuffleboard tables offered. We have shuffleboard tables in every price range style and cabinet, but we do not make good better or best. Every model is made with the same handcrafted care and love using the same top quality raw ingredients.

Customizations Offered?

Yes – Lights, Scoreboards, Score Beads, Cabinets, Wood Type, & Finish

Can You Add A Custom Logo?

Yes

Table Sizes:

9’, 12’, 14’, 16’, 18’, 20’, 22’

Wood & Finish Variety

Cherry, Hickory, Walnut, Hard Maple, White Oak, Mahogany, Soft Maple, Red Oak, Reclaimed woods, Alder, Eastern White Pine and too many finish colors to name

Playboard Material & Thickness

Guaranteed Full 3.0″ thick Michigan hard maple playing surface. + A Lifetime Warranty Traditional Piano Polyester Finish (10 times harder than Epoxy/Polymer Poured Resins). Read about our warranty here the only shuffleboard warranty in the business not void for commercial locations.

Do They Offer Installation?

Yes

Do They Offer Free Shipping?

Yes

Shuffleboard Models:

Over 32 Different Models & Styles

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Check out our Kush Shuffleboard Table Model Comparison. 

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Shuffleboard News Shuffleboard Tips & Tricks

Behind The Design of Shuffleboard Weights

Shuffleboard weights were not always the sleek and balanced pucks you see today. The earliest versions of what would later become shuffleboard didn’t use discs at all, nor did they have the finely crafted shuffleboard tables we know and love today. We do know that the origins of the game date all the way back to 15th century England, and shuffleboard weights have naturally evolved numerous times since then.

Before there was shuffleboard, there was a little game called shove-groat. The shape of future shuffleboard weights was born out of this game in which players used coins rather than the disc shaped weights of today. These coins were known as groats, hence the name. The groats were slid across a polished tabletop for position and points. William Shakespeare even made a reference to the game in Henry IV, when Falstaff says, “Quoit (i.e. throw) him down, like a shove-groat shilling.” Shove-groat was played by nearly everyone (aristocracy and peasants alike), and gambling often ensued as well.

Shuffleboard continued to evolve into the 16th century. Although at this time coins were still being used for shuffleboard weights, the name of the game changed to shoveboard, and eventually shovelboard. The game was especially fashionable during the Tudor period. English high society played on colossal shuffleboard tables, sometimes even as long as 30 feet. These days, 30 feet would exceed regulation size. The largest McClure tables run up to 22 feet, though, which isn’t much smaller than the tables beloved by royalty.

At this point in the trajectory of the game, a more intricate system of scoring was established. Markings on the table, the precursor to today’s scoring sections, dictated how many points to award for coins that landed in certain areas. Many shovelboard games at the time still employed the use of coins, but shuffleboard weights were about to change. Some players began to replace the coins with metal weights instead. They would attempt to get these metal weights as near to the other end of the table as was possible without the weights falling off. Sound familiar?

By the early 1800s, English society had left shovelboard in the lurch. It didn’t take long, however, for the game to experience a resurgence. It was reintroduced in the mid-1800s and early 1900s, when British colonists transported the game to America. During this time period artfully handcrafted shuffleboard tables began to appear. More sophisticated tables would soon call for more sophisticated shuffleboard weights, as well.

Shuffleboard reached the peak of its popularity after World War II, when soldiers spread their enjoyment of the game all across the country. Some of the biggest shuffleboard tournaments ever held occurred at this time. The original boards were 32 feet long, even larger than the tables of Tudor, but were subsequently shortened to 28 and then to 22 feet. Up until then, shuffleboard weights were made out of heavy brass. It was at this point that they were redesigned to the smooth stainless steel models that we now use today.

Shuffleboard weights now come in two basic sizes. Regulation size shuffleboard weights are 2 and 5/16 inches in width. These are considered large pucks and usually used on tables 14 feet or longer. Medium pucks are only slightly smaller, coming in at 2 and 1/8 inches wide, and usually used on shuffleboard tables 12 feet or shorter. Particularly skilled players have also been known to use these on tables 14 feet or longer.

Most weights have a crowned bottom, but some have a flat bottom. All pucks have thumb pushoffs in the center. Modern shuffleboard weights are generally made from stainless steel with colored plastic tops. The most common colors are red and blue, although you will sometimes see other custom colors as well. Custom order caps in various colors and choose different speeds of puck bases on these shuffleboard weights here.

The current size and shape of shuffleboard weights is time-tested and proven to be the most efficient for gameplay on shuffleboard tables. You can grip them squarely and securely in your hand to optimize your control over where they will go on the board. While you can imagine that coins would have worked similarly, they would have weighed far less. Weighted metal pucks would prove to be the best choice for the game, and time has shown that in our current shuffleboard weights.

At McClure Tables we offer several different style of weights with different bottom points for various speeds. It is not uncommon for a player in a tournament to have several sets of weights for different game play.

Regulation weight specs on Shuffleboard weights

The tournament specs on shuffleboard weights are between 310 grams and 350 grams for most tournament directors and regulation play. We offer stainless steel and Chrome plated puck bases all will be within the minimum or maximum weight specs. The caps all screw on for the plastic cap custom pucks if you choose stainless steel bases the weight will be between 310-312 grams. That is on the lighter side but you can remove the caps and also add some weight to the pucks. The most common way is with a penny or dime.

Screw on cap advantage or disadvantages

The caps as stated above come off and there is enough room under to add additional weight if needed. The plastic caps tend to hold tight but the aluminum hard anodized caps can vibrate in game play and become loose. You can use a thread lock to fix this problem or pipe thread tape.

Shuffleboard Weights Puck Speeds 

We offer a variety of weights for various game boards, The majority of our pucks are stainless steel bases as the exact machining bottom pointed amount, flat or recessed speed can be more accurately machined. We offer only the .05 pointed base a medium fast speed puck in a Chrome plated version. You can customize your bases in both a plastic cap or Aluminum cap. However the stainless steel bases are lighter and the aluminum cap is heavier. So the aluminum caps on the plated puck would be over tournament weight so we do not offer the plated puck on the customize aluminum caps weight customization option here.

Traditional boards Verses Bar Top Polymer epoxy boards

The poured epoxy boards are basically plastic with a thin sheet of epoxy poured over the top of the play surface and it is effectively like a sheet of Plexiglas. The main ingredient in a shuffleboard powder or wax is a plastic material so on the polymer boards you can get more static electricity and repelling of the beads that the pucks glide on. Pucks glide on the wax not the board so the trick with different bottoms is allowing the puck to slide over any potential dry spots on the board. The pointed bottom pucks work better for the polymer style boards, but the more pointed the bottom up to a certain degree the puck is faster. Once you reach the point we call 1.0 above then it actually slows down the speed of the puck. However the more pointed the bottom the better ability it has to glide over the dry spots. The disadvantage is it will wobble more so the recessed and flat pucks will be the smoothest puck.

  • Minus .05 The slowest puck base we have is called a minus .05 the bottom of most shuffleboard pucks are pointed these are from an old expired patent in the last 1940’s and glide very smooth but are slower pucks than the pointed bottoms. These work better on the non bar top epoxy boards

These come standard on our black and gold aluminum cap weights.

Black and Gold Caps with recessed bases minus .05

  • Flat .00  The fastest pucks are a flat bottom style we call these .00 these work best on traditional boards but will work on the polymer epoxy style tables also
  • Fast .05 This is a good standard puck that is very fast and still flat enough to be stable and smooth but still glide over dry spots in the board
  • Fastest 1.0  This bottom is the second fastest puck we make next to the flat .00 but still pointed enough to be smooth yet glide over any dry spots.
  • Medium Fast 1.5 These pucks are getting a little pointed on the bottom not enough they wobble too much but just enough that the speed is actually slower than the .05, 1.0 or .00 flat bottom puck

You can customize your Hard aluminum cap style shuffleboard pucks or shuffleboard weights here.

Keep in mind when choosing the perfect set of shuffleboard pucks or weights it is a personal preference.  Just as in golf there are several different types of golf clubs in a typical golfer’s bag. In fact, today, there are five categories of clubs: woods (including the driver), irons, hybrids, wedges and putters.

Shuffleboard pucks are no different for typical home play the consumer has one set of pucks and the .05 plastic cap standard shuffleboard weights will suite most players the best.

Shuffleboard Pucks

The professional player carries several sets of weights with him to a tournament and will adjust the weight not so much on his preference as to adjust to the tables he is shooting on at the tournament location. You can choose on our web site here from a variety of Shuffleboard Weights.