Even though you are very excited about your new shuffleboard table, you need to make sure that you take time to level it so that you can enjoy the best play possible. This is not particularly difficult, but it can take some time, so it’s important to read about how to level a shuffleboard table so that you don't mess up.
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Before you get to leveling, we recommend watching this video first to help you assess and learn about the different ways that shuffleboard tables can be adjusted.
Step 1 – Make Sure the Table Is on a Flat Surface
The absolute first step in making sure that your shuffleboard table is level and ready to play is to take time to choose a flat location for your table. This seems obvious to many people, but there are some shuffleboard players who think that they can compensate for an uneven floor by leveling the table later.
While you can make some adjustments to your table and easily level it if it is a little off, there is no way to use climatic adjusters to compensate for a major flooring problem. It is incredibly important that you are careful when choosing your location for your shuffleboard table so that you pick one that has a smooth and level floor to start out with a table that is as level as possible from the beginning.
Step 2 – Locate the Levels
If you are sure that your table is on a level surface and that you still need to make some adjustments, then it is time to locate your levels. Shuffleboard tables tend to vary, which means that not all tables have their levels in the same location.
If your shuffleboard table has levels in the legs then you can use these to adjust your table and make sure that it is level all of the way across the table.
Step 3 – Adjust the Legs
If your table isn’t level due to problems with the legs, then you need to use the leg levelers to take care of this problem. They are generally very easy to use, and they can be twisted or the table can be lifted to have the leveler drop down some.
Adjusting the legs is a great way to take care of major problems with the table not being level, but it isn’t the best way to make fine and minute adjustments. These adjustments generally need to be done with the climatic adjusters, if your table has any. If there aren’t leg adjusters on the shuffleboard table, then you can easily use small shims to lift the legs.
Step 4 – Use a Straight Edge or Level
Before touching the climatic adjusters in your shuffleboard table (next step), you first need to check the curvature of your table to see how you need to adjust it. Place a level or a straight edge on the table on top of each climatic adjuster, making sure that it runs all of the way across the playing surface. This will allow you to see if the board is flat or if it is concave or convex.
A concave board will have a dip in the board that allows light to show underneath the level. While you want there to be a tiny space, a large dip will greatly affect play. On the other hand, a convex board will cause the level to sit high off of the table and to balance on the middle of the playing field.
Step 5 – Use the Climatic Adjusters
This hardware is designed to help you apply pressure to your playing surface, making it possible to gently curve the wood for the best adjustment. Using the adjusters takes a little more effort than simply deciding to tighten the nut and hope for the best. You need to follow certain steps to get the best results.
Step 6 – Adjust Carefully
If your board is concave and you have a dip that is severe and needs to be adjusted, then you must slowly decrease the space between your climatic adjusters. This will cause the table to become more level. While it can be tempting to adjust the bolts quickly for fast results, this can cause you to over-adjust and will cause more problems. Carefully loosen the bolts and then turn the two outer bolts on the adjusters in a clockwise motion, but only a few turns each. Allow the board to rest for a few days.
A board that is convex has similar direction, but the bolts are turned in the opposite direction. Begin by loosening the bolts that are on the outside of the climatic adjusters, and then tighten the inner bolts a few turns. This pushes the adjusters farther apart.
Step 7 – Wait and Check
While it can be very tempting to turn the climatic adjusters a lot so that you can see instant results, it’s important to remember that this is a slow process that takes a few days. After you turn bolts on your climatic adjusters, you need to wait a few days and then check whether your playing surface is level.
If the surface is level, then you have done a good job and have managed to prepare your shuffleboard table for play. However, if the table is still concave or convex, then you will need to repeat this process again. Make sure to wait and check the table surface after a few days for the best results.
Even though it is really tempting to set up your new shuffleboard table wherever you can find a space so that you can start playing right away, you must make sure that your table is leveled and ready for play so that you can enjoy high-quality games. By first carefully picking the location for your table, then adjusting the legs, and finally using the climatic adjusters, you can enjoy a level shuffleboard table that is perfectly set up and ready for great games.