How to Build a Ping Pong Table
If you're planning to play a lot of ping-pong, and if you have a large enough space in your home, why not build a ping-pong table? With the right material, tools, and instructions, you can build one of these tables for yourself, your friends, and your family.
Step 1 – Building Your Table to Regulation Size
You'll want your table to be regulation size, which is 9 feet long and 5 feet wide, 30 inches high. Make the table top out of plywood.
Step 2 – Building Your Table Frame
To make your table base, cut 2 pieces of 2 x 2 lumber, each 9 feet long. Cut 2 more pieces, each 4' 8" long. Lay these pieces on a flat surface with the long pieces parallel with each other and nearly 5 feet apart. Then, lay one short piece between the long pieces at the top end, and the other short piece between the long pieces at the bottom end. This should form a triangle 9 feet long and 5 feet wide. Drill a guide hole through the top and bottom ends of the long pieces and into the ends of the short pieces. Attach each corner with screws driven into the sides of the long pieces and into the ends of the short pieces.
Step 3 – Building Your Table Top
Measure and cut your plywood sheets so that you have two pieces, each 4' wide, 5' long. Cut 2 more pieces, the first piece, 5' long and 2' wide, the second piece, 5' long and 1' wide. Place the two large pieces side-by-side, with a 1' gap between them, place the narrower of the two small pieces between the two large pieces. When fastened together, these 3 pieces should make 1 piece, 5' wide, 9' long. Use the wider of the two narrow pieces as a plate that spans the middle of the table top where the three pieces are joined together. Then, use wood screws to fasten the plate to the three top pieces. This will make one solid table top, 5' wide and 9' long. Counter sink the screws and fill in the holes with wood filler.
Step 4 – Attach Frame to Table Top
Use wood glue, wood screws, and clamps to attach the frame to the bottom surface of the table top.
Step 5 – Cut and Attach the Table Legs
Measure and cut 4 legs from the 2 x 2's, each 29 ½ inches long. Use screws to attach each leg at a corner of the table, at the inside edge of the frame.
Step 6 – Finish
Fill with wood putty the cracks in the table top made by connecting the three pieces of plywood. When the filler is dry, sand the joints. Paint the table with medium green paint. When the paint is dry, use masking tape and white paint to make a narrow border.