How to Make Your Own Ping Pong Paddle

What You'll Need
A sheet of birch wood (for the head of the paddle)
A sheet of oak wood (for the handles and pads of the paddle)
Cherry wood dowels
A drill
A small drill bit
A jigsaw
A small saw
Carpenter's Glue
Clamps (for wood)
Low Grit Sandpaper

A ping pong paddle can be an expensive thing to buy, especially if you opt for a commercial brand. Alternatively you can choose to make your own ping pong paddle, which is also a fun thing to do. It only requires a little effort and minimal skills, thus at the end you can be proud of your work.

Step 1: Drawing the Paddle

Place the piece of wood on a strong and flat surface, such as a large working table or on the floor. Now use the pencil to draw the outline of your paddle. The latter can be done by free hand but you can also use a stencil, such as another paddle. If you use freehand, these are the general proportions; the head of the paddle should be 5 to 5 ½ inches wide and 6 to 6 ½ tall, while the handle has to be approximately an inch wide and tall from the width of your fingers (that is, from the index finger to the pinky).

Step 2: Making the Handle Pads

Make sure to draw the handle pads on the wood. Repeat this step 2 times, that is, to have two pads. Make sure to measure them correctly, so that you end up with two handle pads extending, for about half an inch, beyond the handle. The latter will make sense once they are glued. Once you are done cut off the paddle part using the jigsaw. Make sure to wear protective clothing and safety glasses during this process.

Step 3: Cutting the Wood

Make sure to set the jigsaw to a 45-degree angle cut. Now once you’ve set the angle, cut across the width of the handles. It is advisable to start from the corner because normally that’s the hardest part. The latter will create a taper at the lower part of the handle.

Step 4: Gluing the Handle

Now once all of the cutting has been done, glue the handle pads to the handle, clamp the paddle and leave it to dry overnight.

Step 5: Using the Driller

Drill a hole in the end of the handle measuring 1 1/8 inches and approximately 1 5/8 on the handle pads (where it is tapered). Make sure that the holes are 1 inch across the center of the handle. The last thing to do is to cut away the dowel at a 1 ¼ inches.  

Step 6: Last Touches

Put some glue on the dowel and insert them in the holes drilled earlier and leave it to dry properly. Now using low grit sandpaper, sand the handle until you achieve a comfortable grip.

As you can see, it’s not impossible to build your own ping pong paddle and once you are done you will appreciate your own work.