overview on how to Build a Ricochet Game Board
Illustration: Douglas Adams


Take a hollow-core door and some foldable banquet legs, and you've got the basics for Ricochet, our portable version of shuffleboard. Instead of aiming pucks down one long surface, you have to bounce them off an elastic band at one end of the door to land in the scoring zone. Installing preprimed 1x4s around the sides of the door creates a lip to keep the pucks from flying off the table, and an elastic band (found at any sewing store) inserted into two slits near the end of the table makes a nice, taut band that'll bounce the pucks back toward the scoring lines.

Cut List
1x4 long sides: 2 at 73 ½ inches
1x4 short sides: 2 at 30 inches
1x1 center rail: 1 at 24 inches
1x4 strapping: 4 at 30 inches

Download rules and a scorecard for the game of richochet.
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    Tools List

    • jigsaw
      jigsaw fitted with a clean-cutting wood blade
    • drill
      drill/driver fitted with a #6 countersink bit
    • combination square
      combination square
    • plastic putty knife
      plastic putty knife

    Shopping List

    72x30-inch lauan hollow-core wood interior slab door

    1x4 exterior preprimed trim boards. Get three 8-foot boards.

    0000 steel wool

    220-grit sandpaper

    1x4 strapping to secure the legs to the door.

    Banquet-table replacement legs. Get a set of two.

    1 5/8-inch deck screws

    Clear-gloss polyurethane. Get 1 quart.Painter's tape

    Spray paint in black satin.

    White latex semigloss paint

    Rub-on numbers

    1-inch sewing elastic

    Ladder-lock buckles (available at sewing stores); get 2

    Wood pucks Get eight: four in one color and four in another