Not All Shuffleboard Tops are made with Pure Michigan Hard Maple?

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Handcrafted Shuffleboard Tops Made with Pure Michigan Hard Maple

When I tell people what kind of business I am in, the first question they ask is,” where do you get your wood?” We get our hard maple almost exclusively from Michigan, from local dry lots. These are the kilns that purchase wood from the saw mills. Then they sort, process and grade the wood. Below is a dry lot from one of our local suppliers, who is just a 30 minute drive from our factory. Not very many factories can say they are located that close to the kiln that selects, grades and insures all the lumber has the perfect moisture content.

Todd McClure with Dan Hall at Wolverine Hardwoods

Todd McClure with Dan Hall at Wolverine Hardwoods

Many shuffleboard brands claim to use maple wood and many whose factories are actually located in China claim they manufacture boards. I know of no other factories that are actually located in the geographical area the wood is grown in. I also know of no other factories who make boards totally from scratch the way McClure Shuffleboard Tables does.

Most factories buy their parts and components, such as cabinets, from China and butcher block from other manufactures. Some are even large pool table manufacturers who make the cabinets themselves but buy the butcher block top from another factory. This is similar to going to the store and buying a cake mix you go home and add water to and then saying you baked a cake.

Hard Michigan Maple Truck Load

Michigan Maple from Wolverine

At McClure we “bake our cakes” from scratch, like grandma used to do. We don’t assemble component parts purchased from other vendors. We don’t have an assembly line cabinet building process. We don’t use automated CNC machines to make our component parts. See the truck, below? That’s a load of hard Michigan Maple from Dan’s dry lot. We’ll soon turn it into fine hand crafted shuffleboard tables for your home. If you are a ‘wood’ person you will be able to grade this wood from these pictures. Wood is graded not by the quality or type of wood. The grade is for color and also to some extent the amount of defect or variation in color.

Hard Michigan Maple Wood Soon to be Shuffleboard Tops

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Pure Michigan Produces some of North Americas Finest Hard Maple wood. “We proudly turn into hand crafted shuffleboard tops”

I have seen manufacturers claim that their shuffleboard tops are made with local wood and then their factory is located in California. They might want to look at the map below. The green areas are where Maple trees grow. Hard maple grows in the cold Northern climates.

Please read the claims of our competitors carefully. Pay attention to the source of the woods they use. Where does it come from? Many shuffleboard tops are made with birch and even soft maple and they will advertise them as made with Canadian Maple and the consumer assumes that it is hard maple.

We are not trying to say that other manufactures are being deceptive. It is just marketing hype to make their factory produced products sound like something more than what they are; consumable goods made in mass fashion with cheaper materials and automated assembly line techniques. They are not hand crafted works of art coaxed into existence by master artisans practicing their craft. If you are going to buy a shuffleboard table, why not buy one made from scratch, they way your Grandma or Grandpa would have wanted?


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  • charles Cummings

    Is it possible to have a folding shuffleboard table made? I have room for a 12 foot table, but I would really like to be able to play on a 16 foot shuffleboard. When playing, I could extend it to 16 feet, but I could not leave it like that all the time. (It would extend out into a walking area.) I have not seen folding shuffleboards on the internet made by any manufacturers. Does the butcher block have to come in just one piece? I realize that it would cost more to design that. Have you ever built that for any other customers?

    • Todd McClure

      Charles we love a challenge but that is a tough one do not think would be possible or would be a lot of work. One possible suggestion is a bumper table. I am really behind on a lot of our post as I am break our butcher block business into another site. But we have made 12 and 15 foot tables with bumpers in the center you get the shorter length but added challenge of bumper. Here is an older post on Bumper Shuffleboard

  • charles

    Thanks for your response. I had sent another query before I found this reply on the site. I would rather get a straight shuffleboard rather that a rebound shuffleboard. I do have a large table on which I could place a shuffleboard. Therefore, I would not need legs for the shuffleboard. (How much does a 16 foot shuffleboard weigh?) Is there any way that a shuffleboard could be built that comes apart into 2 pieces, to be stored away when not being used? It would not necessarily need to fold.(Would that affect the quality of the game?)

  • Jeff

    Can I buy just the playing surface from you? I’d want a 20′

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