Building a DIY ping pong table is surely one of the best things that you could ever do in your life. Why? Because ping pong is one of the best indoor games that you can easily play. Moreover, ping pong tables are expensive. But if you are going to create your own ping pong table instead of buying one, you could surely save a lot while being able to enjoy this exhilarating game.
Of course, building your own ping pong table entails time and effort. Plus, you need to prepare the necessary tools and materials to create a playable ping pong table that is of standard size. Here are the simple steps you should follow when creating your DIY ping pong table:
Step 1: Make a plan!
Making a plan of the ping pong table doesn’t only mean that you are going to draw a blueprint of the table. It also means listing all the necessary materials and tools that you would use to actualize your plan. In your plan, therefore, you should specify the measurements and dimensions of the table including the height of the table.
Do you want your table to be of standard size or not? In our case, we pegged the height of the table at 4 x 7 feet. This means that you simply need to cut a foot on one side of the MDF sheet to create the tabletop.
- 4 x 8 MDF Sheet
- 2 12 feet moldings for frame.
- Valspar Paint
- Painter’s Tape
- Wood Glue
Step 2: Cut the plywood according to its designated dimensions.
Using a saw, you can cut lengthwise a foot-wide section from the MDF sheet. That is so easy to do. Then, you can simply paint the board’s surface with a Charcoal Gray paint. Afterward, you should paint the edges and the center lines of the board with white paint to give it a clear boundary. Then, let the paint to dry up. Once, the tabletop has been painted, you can proceed with the next step.
Step 3: Make the Ping Pong Table legs!
There are various ways you can set up the tabletop for playing ping pong. In fact, at this point, you can already play ping pong if you have available sturdy table on which you can position the tabletop. However, you can also build table legs to ensure that the table is of the right height. The ideal height of a ping pong table is around 2 1/2 feet or around 76 cm from the ground.
If you have a welder at home, you can buy steel frames to create the legs of your ping pong table. You can cut the steel frames according to your plan specifications. Then, you can weld the materials into a solid and sturdy supporting frame for your ping pong table. Make sure, however, that the steely legs that you would create are according to the specified height that you want your table to have.
You can also use sturdy woods to create the leg supports for your ping pong table. But make sure that the support legs that you are would build would be high enough to ensure that the height of your ping pong table is around 76 cm. Moreover, you should ensure that the table legs are sturdy enough to prevent any wobbling or instability of the table during an actual game.
Step 4: Setting the Table and the Net
Now that the tabletop and the legs are already made, you can now set the table up over the supporting legs. Carefully install the table on the supporting legs and ensure that the tabletop is firmly affixed to the supporting legs. Once the table is already firmly set, you can set up the net plates in place as well as the net.
There are myriads of available net sets on the market today and you can easily find the net set that would fit your playing needs. The net should be tightly drawn when you set it up. It should not be sagging.
Step 5: You can Begin Playing!
Once the table and the net are all set, there is nothing left to do but to play your first ping pong game on your newly built DIY ping pong table. You can invite a friend or two to play with you and enjoy a game of ping pong with you. You would surely find it satisfying to have your new ping pong table at your home that you built on your own.
Do you want a new air hockey table? yeahh, read this.