For authentic game room ambience, old bowling lanes from Indiana were repurposed for Rec Room’s mega “Dragster” table. The flooring presented some interesting challenges:
Table tops measure ~ 2 1/2” thick, thus extremely heavy. A substantial supporting base was required.
The flooring tapered subtly in thickness from throwing to pin end. High impact portions of the lanes had thick plastic protective layers to remove.
The wood strips were nailed together (not glued) which translates to a lack of structural integrity across the lanes and made cutting difficult.
The Dragster table base was formed from steel tubing using typical hot rod construction techniques, with periodic cross bars to support the composite bowling surface.
1-1/4″ steel tubing was rolled, cut to lengths, then saddles were milled into the joining ends. Full continuous TIG welds, per NHRA standards, ensure a sturdy assembly.
In keeping with the Dragster theme, the frame was finished in a matte orange acrylic automotive lacquer. The base and table top were made in four sections to simplify transport into the Rec Room space.
The mega Dragster table is comprised of four 97 3/4” x 41 1/4” sections.
Bowling alley surface is a mix of maple and vertical grain fir, stripped, sanded and resealed with water based polyurethane. New maple trims were added to the sides of the lanes.
Continuous TIG welded 1-1/4″ steel tubing base received an epoxy primer then a matte acrylic automotive lacquer finish coat.