DIY: Outside Ping Pong Table

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DIY: Outside Ping Pong Table
Outdoor table tennis tables must be strong and weather sealed. (table de ping pong image by Bruno Bernier from Fotolia.com)

Table tennis is a game played and loved worldwide. It is enjoyed by players of all ages and skill levels. Ping-Pong tables are found in gymnasiums, rec rooms, basements, garages and parks. Unfortunately, the large size of table tennis tables can make play difficult in small rooms. An outdoor table is a great way to play the game without having to sacrifice an entire room.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 5-foot-by-8-foot sheets of 3/4-inch MDF board (2)
  • 2 inch by 4 inch standard length boards (6)
  • Circular saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Electric hand drill
  • Wood screws
  • Paint brush
  • 1/2 gallon of white primer
  • 1/2 gallon of green or blue matt paint
  • Painter's tape
  • Wood water sealant
  • 2 wooden sawhorses
  • 12 foot by 16 foot tarp
  • Net
  • 2 C-clamps

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut each MDF board so they are 5 feet by 4.5 feet, using a measuring tape and circular saw.

  2. 2

    Saw four of the 2 inch by 4 inch standard length boards in half using a measuring tape and circular saw.

  3. 3

    Lay the MDF boards on the end to end, making one surface that is 9 feet long by 5 feet wide.

  4. 4

    Attach the eight 2 inch by 4 inch board halves around the perimeter of the MDF boards using the wood screws and electric drill. These boards will link the MDF boards together as well as provide a stable, flat surface that will resist warping.

  5. 5

    Paint the top of the table top with white primer and allow to dry completely.

  6. 6

    Paint the top of the table top with blue or green matt paint and allow to dry completely, adding a second coat if necessary. Chalkboard paint is popular because it provides a more professional look and feel than standard matt paint.

  7. 7

    Paint a 2cm white line around the perimeter of the table and a 3cm white line down the middle of the table top, lengthwise. Use a measuring tape and painter's tape to ensure a straight, clean line.

  8. 8

    Paint all sides of the table top with a strong wood water sealant and allow to dry completely. A second coat is recommended to add protection.

  1. 1

    Attach the two remaining, full length 2 inch by 4 inch boards to the two sawhorses with wood screws and an electric drill. The boards should be attached as wide apart on the sawhorses to provide the most stable base for the table.

  2. 2

    Paint the entire base with a strong wood water sealant and allow to dry completely. Add a second coat to add protection.

  3. 3

    Attach the table top to the base by fastening them together with wood screws. The boards of the base should fit inside the perimeter of the table and attach directly to the table top. The combination of base support boards and table support boards will give the table a strong, warp resistant character.

  4. 4

    Attach a net to the table by fastening two net C-clamps to either side of the table where the MDF boards meet, stretching the net between the clamp posts.

Tips and warnings

  • Spread a tarp over the table when not in use to add extra protection from rain, pine needles, dirt and wind. If you already have a ping-pong table, consider converting it to outdoor use. Paint it with wood water sealant and cover it with a tarp when not in use.
  • Always be careful when using power tools, especially circular saws. Keep loose hair and clothing away from moving parts and always wear proper safety equipment. Use caution when attaching the table top to the base. The top will be very heavy and should be lifted by at least two people to avoid injury.

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