Introduction: DIY Ping Pong Table

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This easy DIY ping pong table is ready to use in a matter of minutes. It costs less than $100 and the legs are something that every homeowner needs anyway!

NOTE: This is not a regulation table! This table measures 4' x 8' vs. a regulation table which measures 5' x 9'. The heights are nearly identical.

Step 1: Supplies

1 - 4'x8' sheet of 3/4" MDF (approx $30)
4 - 23" plastic foldable saw horses (approx $40)
1 - Sportcraft Anywhere Table Tennis Set (approx $14)

2 mending braces and screws
2 thumb screws

Step 2: Table

Go to Lowe's or Home Depot and get the board. You can either bring it home and cut it yourself, or they will cut it for you at the store. Cut it in half width wise so that you end up with 2 - 4'x4' panels.

MDF works best - giving you a surface that won't warp and will give you the best bounce.

Step 3: Legs

Lay out the sawhorses in the configuration shown. The middle sawhorses should be perpendicular to the middle of the table. The end saw horses should be perpendicular to the middle sawhorses.

Step 4: Tabletop

Lay down the panels on the saw horses. The net is a retractable net. Stretch it and clamp it onto the table so that the net lines up with the seam where the two panels meet.

Step 5: Optional Bracket

If you are concerned about the panels separating, don't be. Unless you plan to lean or crash into the table, the panels are heavy enough to stay in place. 

If you wish, use some mending plates and attach them to one of the panel's edges at the end where the net would attach. Then use thumb screws to fasten it to the other panel. Make sure you drill pilot holes first! The thumb screw allows you to attach and detach the panels by hand.

You may also paint the table. I may do that at some point.

Step 6: Solo Play

If you don't want to leave the table up, or you would like to play solo, take the table apart and set up only half of the table against a wall. Just stack the two halves.