Introduction: Golf Ballz Pool Table
See, I used "z" so it is eXtreme...
It's basically just a table-top pool table that uses golf balls. It's actually quite fun and makes for a nice, quiet, drinking game. Plus, it stores as easily as a card table.
Step 1: Gather Materials
1 - door -- I got a 8 foot x 3 foot door at Lowes for $12
3 - 2 inch x 2 inch squareboards -- Mine were 10 foot long, but you really need two 8 footers and two 3 footers for the bumpers.
2 - sheets hobby foam -- the rubbery stuff. It's like 50 cents / sheet.
1 - can spray adhesive -- yes, you'll likely use the whole can and get quite a headache in the process
2 - yards netting -- I used nylon but whatever works. This will be the pockets.
9 - yards green felt -- you must use green or I will beat you until candy falls out.
Step 2: Cut the Foam
The 2 inch x 2 inch boards are actually 1 1/2 inch x 1 1/2 inch. With that in mind, cut the foam into strips about that width. These will act as the bumpers under the felt of the boards, so remember that the golf balls will be making contact with just the center, so they don't have to be exactly the same with as the boards.
Step 3: Cut the Door
I used a plastic party cup to outline the pockets. I just lined it up one inch from each side on the corners and extended the lines with a straight edge. I cut these out with a dremel.
Similar process for the side pockets. Remember that you're building this on a cheap interior door, so the corner pockets will be quite easy to cut because it's hollow EXCEPT where the handles would go. (i.e. side pockets) So remember that the side pockets will be harder to cut.
Check the professional artists rendering for a perfectly-to-scale drawing of this process.
Step 4: Line the Table
Cut your felt to width and length. Mine came in 72 in width, so I cut it in half-width wise. I bought an extra yard in length in case I screwed it up.
Spray a 1 foot wide strip of adhesive on the door and place the felt. Spray another foot or so and unroll the felt across little by little, repeating the process to the other side.
Roll out the wrinkles as you go.
Trim the extra felt around the curve inside the pockets about 1 inch and cut several strips perpindicular to the wood to bend inside the door and attach with spray adhesive. (Getting dizzy from the fumes yet?)
Step 5: Line the Bumpers
You may need to trim the first, as I did.
Put two 8 footers on the outside and measure the width on the inside of those for the sorter sides.
Use more spray adhesive to stick the strips of foam on the bumpers and let it dry. You may want to keep some pressure on it so it sticks well.
Then, roll each bumper in felt and trim as necessary.
Step 6: Attach the Bumpers
I screwed them in from the top, into the frame of the door with 2 inch screws. If you want to avoid the blemish on the top I suppose you could come in fromt he bottom for this part. Either way, you should be seeing a pool table coming to life.
Step 7: Line the Pockets
Cut about a foot of netting and staple it to the frame underneath the playing suraface to create the pockets.
Step 8: Gather the Rest of Your Materials
Some colored golf balls, some alcohol (if you are of leagal age, of course. Check with your local police department if you are unsure.), and some friends.
Play some pool!
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Please be positive and constructive.