There is always a certain level of fulfillment in engaging DIY activities, especially, if what you intend to build is something related to your own passion. If you are an air hockey enthusiast, for example, you would surely find it very engaging to build your own air hockey table. Though it may be hard for you, engaging in DIY air hockey table would surely bring you a certain level of satisfaction, especially, if you are able to do it well.
Steps on Building Your DIY Air Hockey Table
Of course, building your DIY air hockey table would surely require planning and a lot of effort on your part. Yet, if you are determined to build your own air hockey table, you better take a look at these simple steps on how to build your own DIY air hockey table.
- Start with a Plan!
The renowned bestselling writer, Stephen Covey once said: “Everything is created twice: first in the mind, then, in reality.” Similarly, if you want a DIY air hockey table, you need to grab a pen and paper, sit down, and create a plan of your prospective air hockey table.
You should draw your masterplan of the air hockey table. Then, you should label each part of the table. You should also write down the dimensions of the table and the specific measurements of each component. Afterward, you should determine the length, width, and height of the table. Once your masterplan is complete, then, its time to prepare the needed materials and tools.
- Gather the Materials that You would Need!
Once you have made a good plan, you need to gather the materials that you would be needing to realize your plan. The materials that you would be needing in your DIY air hockey table basically include the following:
- One 16-mm plywood
- 1 hairdryer or fan
- 1 MDF wood
- 1 x 6 board
- Tools that you would be needing
- Cut the Plywood Forming a Wooden Box
In our case, we made use of 16mm plywood. Then, we started forming a wooden box out of this plywood. Afterward, we made the table top out of a 6-9mm MDF wood. We started to drill a 1-mm hole every 2.5 cm or around 1 inch apart on the top MDF wood. You can use your CNC machine if you have one in drilling holes. Then, we made the borders of the top using 1 x 6 board. We cut the board into four pieces according to the specified dimensions to box the table. On the shorter sides, we drilled a 12-inch goal on both shorter boards using the bench saw. Afterward, we placed the side lightings to make the table cool and awesome for playing.
- Set up the plumbing!
We place a 90 degrees elbow on a piece of PVC and sealed the joint to prevent air from coming out. We held it over the hole that we’ve drilled in the middle of the plywood to measure out up to what point we were going to cut the PVC. Once the PVC was cut, we set it up into the hole and put every piece together. Then, sealed every possible vent so that air would not come out.
- Painting the Table!
Once the plumbing and the table was completely set, we started painting the table. We don’t want the MDF plywood top to be tinged with paint, so we covered it with paper. Then, using a spray paint, we painted the body of the table and the side railings. Then, we dried the table.
- Set Up the Fan!
Afterward, we got the air blower or fan. Some, DIYers make use of a hair dryer as an improvised air blower. They simply get rid of its casing and connect the tip of the hair dryer to the other end of the PVC pipe that was set up earlier. This is the easiest way to ventilate the table for a frictionless game. Then, we meticulously did the wiring. Others, however, buy a fan that they connect to the PVC. Then, they set up the electrical wirings of the fan along with a switch or switches. Once the fan was in place, we placed some cardboards inside the box to reduce the volume of the space.
- Create the Supporting Legs for the table!
Some DIYers simply set the tabletop on a sturdy wooden table and fix the tabletop on that table so that it will not be moving. In our case, however, we created a sturdy table stand where we positioned the tabletop. This ensures that during the play, the table will not be wobbling.
You should ensure that the hairdryer has much room for sucking air. You should also ensure that the wirings are well and rightly connected. Always remember that the less the volume inside the box, the more powerful the effect of the air blown by hairdryer.
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