Introduction: Create Your Own Beer Pong Table

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College social life for some includes a very wide range of affairs. From service events to college sports, social life in college is a very big part of the atmosphere throughout campus. One fun part of social life is the parties. For those over the legal age to drink alcohol a very popular game that is played is called Beer Pong! The rules are quite simple: You are on teams on two, you and your partner both take turns shooting a ping pong ball into 6 ( or 10) cups that can be filled with water/beer/wine/anything! If you make a cup, the other team you are matched up against will drink that cup. The goal is to make all the cups before the other team!

This entire game is usually played on a 4' by 2' table with a triangle outlined on either side for placement of cups. In order to create your own table a few things are needed before you can get started.

Tools:

Sander

Sandpaper

Electric Saw

Saw horses

Screwgun

Screws (1/5" - 1")

Nailgun

Nails (1" 1/4 - 1" 1/2)

Table Legs (2 sets)

Piano Hinge (2' Length)

(1) 4' x 2' 2" Plywood (3/4" preferred)

(2-3) 1" x 2" (4' length)

Paint

Paint Brushes

Pencils/Pens

Any stencils for logos

Step 1: Preparing the Wood

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  • Start out with the pre-cut 4' x 2' piece of plywood and cut it in half exactly 24" from the end. This will give you two pieces to work on instead of having one large sheet. (Seen in pictures above)
  • After having the two pieces cut, the next step is to prepare both pieces by sanding them. In my experience using an automatic sander, I found using a medium grain paper then after 2-3 times going over the piece, switching to a fine grain paper to get a smooth finish. (Seen above)

Total Time: 2-4 Hours

Step 2: Apron/ Legs

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  1. With both pieces smooth from sanding, the next step will be to all the apron and legs. The Apron will be added to an added feature for appearance for the sides. this will give it not only some support for the ends but as well as support for the center with the hinge.
    • Cut 4 long 24" pieces for the edges out of the 1' x 2' and then 4 short 22"inch for the ends as seen in the first image for this step
    • Attaching these pieces can be done a number of ways. I found the best way was using a nail gun and coming in from the inside on an angle on each of the apron pieces. The correct size nail depends on the thickness of the plywood chosen.
    • Sanding the apron is optional but is highly suggested as it can be painted if sanded like the main pieces.
  2. After successfully adding the apron to the two main pieces, the next step is to add the foldable legs
    • In this example shown, two sets of legs were added. At first only one set was used but, support was poor with only one set for both main pieces so another set was added.
    • Please note: With a very short width, placement of the legs is very important so that they can fold enough to not stick out too much. Though there are many options for portable folding legs, please keep in mind when choosing this item to carefully read the width of the legs on the box prior to purchase
    • In this example, I choose to keep the back bracing on the folding legs about 4" from the closest edge of the apron. This gave the legs enough room to fold out and not collide with each other. The same was done for the other set on the other main piece. (Seen above)

Total Time: 1 - 2 hours

Step 3: Painting and Detailing

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  1. After successfully adding the legs to the two main pieces along with the apron, now comes the best part of this project, the painting!
    • From here on, all the specifics done for this example are completely optional. This is your project and can be done however you would like to see it completed. For this example though, I chose to focus in on my college colors, Fraternity letters, and college name.
  2. The first thing to focus on is the triangles for holding the cups. In this example, a line was drawn about 2" from the edge and ended up being about 16" wide. This line would be the bottom of the triangle. For the height of the triangle, a line was drawn towards the other end of the table about 14". The sides were then closed off using a straight edge. (Seen above)
    • Please Note: These dimensions for the triangles are up to be changed. I originally never found any official size for the triangle, but this size worked well for the 6 cup I had hoped to be playing with. If you do choose to go with a 10 cup triangle, the size will need to be adjusted.
    • After doing the same on the other main piece, with some painters tape and some newspaper or any type of covering, outline the triangle for painting. Color choice is totally up to the builder but, a few coats will be required in order to get a good finish look.
  3. OPTIONAL
    • The following are just a few optional choices for your table that you can add:
      • Adding logo's/ decals to the center area for a personalized take on the table. (Seen above)
      • Add a personal color to the apron/ switching colors for the main pieces.
      • Adding LED Lights along the edge (into the apron or along bottom)

Total Time: 4-5 Hours (Depending on paint drying time)

Step 4: Add the Hinge

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  1. Adding the hinge to the table is one of the last things done.
    • Depending on what type of hinge bought, in this example it was a 24" piano hinge with holes for screws on the side, it may be better to attach it prior or post painting. (Seen above)
    • The only thing to keep in mind when attaching the hinge is to make sure the area the screws are going into to will be able to be caught by the wood.
      • Some trial and error may be needed in order to see if the screws will successfully catch in the wood

Total Time: 20 - 30 Minutes

Step 5: Finish Product

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  1. The final step in the project is to test out the balance of the table.
    • If the table is unbalanced, some adjustment with the leg placement may be needed
    • Also if any area needs to be gone over again with paint before use, this final run down will assure that the project is completed to the builders original vision.
  2. OPTIONAL
    • One optional addition towards the final product could be the addition of handlebars for easy transport. Attached to one side, handlebars would make moving the folded table from room to room, car to house, tailgate to yard easier.

Total Time: 20 - 30 minutes

Comments

tomatoskins (author)2015-11-13

That's a great looking table! Sure to be a hit at parties!

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