The 5 Coolest Shuffleboard Apps for Your Phone

Shuffleboard apps are a fun way to enjoy your love of the game anytime, anywhere. These apps allow you to play digital versions of shuffleboard as well as fun, innovative, and often addictive new variations.

Whether you’re a serious player wanting to take your passion on the go, or you’re just looking for an entertaining way to pass the time, we’ve got an app for you. Here are five of the coolest shuffleboard apps for your iPhone or Android.

The 5 Best iPhone and Android Shuffleboard Apps

Shuffleboard Apps

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Brand Spotlight: California House Shuffleboard Tables

Established in 1953, California House is a Sacramento-based business specializing in artisan furniture with unique designs. Their shuffleboard line exemplifies the brand’s motto: “fine furniture for fun rooms.” These elegant game tables are built to last with precise workmanship and high-quality materials. Buy a California House shuffleboard table and you’re investing in a new family heirloom.

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Tips for Buying and Using a Shuffleboard Brush

You’ve just purchased a high-quality shuffleboard and are surveying everything it comes with: pucks in two colors, a can of wax, silicone spray, climate adjusters, abacus scorers, and a shuffleboard brush. Maybe your board didn’t come with a table brush, but you know you need one. How do you pick one out, and then once you have it, how do you use it?

If you’re worried about not knowing the answers to these questions, it’s okay! We’re here to explain how to buy and use a shuffleboard brush—we all have to learn sometime!

Shuffleboard table brush

This extra-wide shuffleboard brush makes quick work of wax removal. Buy it now.

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3 Differences of Table Shuffleboard & Deck Shuffleboard

The game of shuffleboard has been around for centuries in both forms: table and deck. From its humble beginnings as a tavern game to the organized and standardized sport it is today, shuffleboard has changed quite a bit. Though gaining momentum and popularity in booms and busts throughout the centuries, it was not until the 20th century that shuffleboarding transformed into an official entity with set rules in both varieties

There are several prominent differences between table shuffleboard and deck shuffleboard, but the basics are the same. In each variety, players slide four weighted discs each down slick playing surfaces into scoring zones. Beyond this, however, the two varieties differ greatly in size, game play, and scoring.

Differences in Size

Table shuffleboards can range from 9-22 feet in length. This makes it the more versatile variety, as it can be installed in a home game room, bar, or recreation center. A regulation size board is 22 feet long, which is what you’ll need for shuffleboard tournaments. Smaller sizes are still perfect for casual players, though.

Table Shuffleboard Player

Shuffleboard, time to put on your game face! (CC)

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How to Wax a Shuffleboard Table

Shuffleboard wax maximizes the speed and accuracy of your shots, as well as reducing the damage it takes from constant usage. It is important to wax your shuffleboard table frequently to keep it at its best. The waxing process differs between tables with traditional wood finishes and polymer finishes, as well as the type of wax you plan on using.

Traditional Wood Finishes

Tables with traditional finishes are generally harder to maintain and wax, but typically maintain their thickness and shine longer than polymer finishes.

Coventry Playcraft Shuffleboard Table

This 16’ Cherry Playcraft Coventry Shuffleboard is made with a traditional lacquer finish.

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Shuffleboard Space Recommendations

When you’re playing a game of shuffleboard, you need your space. When deciding how to setup your shuffleboard table, you always want to reserve at least 2′ on each side of the table and 3′ at either end where players stand. Cramped areas it difficult to play without being able to maneuver left, right, and around the table to find just the right angle.

This begs the question: how much space is enough space for a shuffleboard table?

Whenever possible, you want to maximize the space so  people are comfortable. Sure you can cram a regulation size table in a small room but you have to find a balance that allows you the right amount of table with the right amount of space around it as well so you have plenty or room to play.

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What is Shuffleboard Wax?

Shuffleboard wax, also known as sand, dust, powder, cheese, salt, sawdust, and more, is a material that’s sprinkled on table shuffleboards to decrease friction between the puck and the table, preserve the tables thickness, and increase the speed of weights as they glide across the table. It is one of the most essential accessories you need to play table shuffleboard.

Shuffleboard Table Wax

This Grand Hudson Deluxe Shuffleboard Table is waxed to perfection. Find shuffleboard wax like this here.

What’s in the Name?

Shuffleboard wax is known by many different names: sand, dust, powder cheese, salt, sawdust, or silicone. Whatever you or others choose to call it, it still refers to the same kind of material that adds so many benefits to your overall shuffleboarding experience.

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Knock Off Shuffleboard Game Rules

Knock Off Shuffleboard Game Rules

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Game Overview

The game of “Knock Off” is likely the most popular shuffleboard play variation, and it can be played in singles (one vs. one) or doubles (two vs. two). In a doubles game, one member from each team will stand on each of the sides. The aim of the game is to reach, or surpass, a score of 15 points.

The Beginning

Before the game begins, players must flip a coin to pick their colors, as well as the color of the “hammer.” The winner can choose whichever color they’d like, but the color which is elected to be the “hammer” will be the color which initially goes second. Once the final frame has been reached, the team with the hammer will be the last team to play.

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Product Spotlight: Grand Hudson Models

Hudson is a brand well known for its masterfully built shuffleboard tables. The models that Hudson has produced over the years have always had their unique touch of engineering magic. With the number of categories to choose from, it may seem hard to differentiate between them at first. Nowhere is this more visible than in the Grand Hudson, the Grand Hudson Deluxe, and the Grand Hudson Deluxe Hybrid. While their names are similar, each comes with its own set of features that can impact your purchasing experience.

Here is a run-down of each table model and their characteristics:

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Shuffleboard Finishes: The Differences Between Shellac, Lacquer, Epoxy, and Polyurethane

A shuffleboard is an important purchase. Sizewise, it takes up a lot of room. Timewise, you expect your investment to last forever.

Therefore, before making that purchase, learn all you can about shuffleboards. How else will you know what type of shuffleboard is best for you? You’ll need to learn about differences in sizes, woods, and finishes. This article focuses on the various types of finishes available for coating shuffleboard tables. Each finish type has unique pros and cons.

Shuffleboard Playfield Finish

The Loft Table Shuffleboard by California House.

Overview of Shellac and Lacquer Finishes

Shuffleboard tables made during the early to mid-1900’s were made only from hardwoods, and were typically coated with shellac or lacquer. If you purchased an older table, you may wish to restore it to its original shellac or lacquer finish type. Shellac and lacquer tables can be hand sanded using a fine-grit sandpaper. Sanding strokes should be long and consistent. New shellac can then be applied.

Shellac is actually a natural product made from a secretion the female lac bug produces in order to form a cocoon-like tunnel to enable her to traverse tree branches. This resin is scraped from trees, processed into flakes or powder, and combined with an alcohol solvent.
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