How to Make a Table Tennis Board

Written by robert preston
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Pingpong is a fun game that is enjoyable for players of all ages. But the cost of buying a professional table can be prohibitive. An alternative is to make your own tabletop board out of plywood. A homemade tabletop can be cheaper and more portable than a purchased table.

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Things you need

  • Four 4.5-foot-by-5-foot sheets of plywood
  • Eight or 16 wood clamps
  • Carpenters glue
  • Green enamel paint
  • Painters tape
  • White enamel paint

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  1. 1

    Apply glue to the top of one sheet of plywood. If you have a piece of scrap wood, spreading the glue evenly will result in a better bond.

  2. 2

    Place a second sheet of plywood on top of the glued sheet and clamp it in place with two clamps on each side, making sure to keep the edges of the boards are flush.

  3. 3

    Allow the sheets to dry overnight before removing the clamps.

  4. 4

    Repeat steps one to three for the other two sheets of plywood after the first set has been glued together. If you have 16 clamps, you can allow both halves of the table to set in the same night.

  5. 5

    Apply a layer of green enamel paint to the tops and sides of the two halves of the table. Once the first layer has dried, apply a second layer.

  6. 6

    Using painters tape, mark off a 1-inch border around the outside of both tabletop pieces as well as a 1-inch-thick stripe down the middle of each piece on the 4.5-foot side. (The stripe should thus be 5 feet long.)

  7. 7

    Paint the border and middle stripes with white enamel paint, being sure not to overlap and get any white in the two green rectangles you have created on each top.

  8. 8

    Once the table has dried, place your two tabletop pieces on a table to play. Align the two centre stripes, and attach a net across the seam between the two halves.

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