Introduction: Golf Ball Table

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This instructable will show you how to build a decorative golf ball end table. Sorry for the incomplete picture gallery since this table was finished a while ago. It was originally crafted and then refurbished at a later date to lower the height and add the fabric and rope. Hope you enjoy and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.


  • 56 (approximately depending on the height of your table) golf balls
  • 4 metal rods about 1/4" in diameter (i used four old arrow shafts)
    • These are for the golf ball table legs
  • Wood
  • Green felt or similar fabric
  • Wood stain - optional
  • Polyurethane
  • Power saw or miter saw
  • Electric drill with a 1/4" drill bit
  • Power sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood screws

Step 1: Build Two Wooden Bases

Build two wooden bases similar to the above photo.

NOTE: I later changed and filled in the lower base with other pieces of wood in order to add green fabric to give the look of a golf "green." So, when building your wooden bases, keep them at least 1" thick or more. My bases, once filled in, have a thickness of about 1.25 - 1.50". This will allow you extra room for seating the golf ball table leg rods within the wood. The length and width of your wooden bases can be up to your discretion.

Depending on the thickness of the rods chosen for the golf ball legs, take a corresponding sized drill bit and drill a hole about 0.5-0.75" deep into each corner of each wood base. These holes will allow the rods to be recessed within and hidden in each base.

For extra support for the overall table, use a piece of wood as a center support leg. I used a piece of wood with a length and width of about 1.5x1.5". The height can be whatever you choose for the height of your end table accounting for the thickness of each wooden base (end table heights range from about 22-30 inches).

Step 2: Prepare the Golf Ball Legs

Take each golf ball and use a drill press or power drill to place a hole (about 1/4" in diameter) all the way through each ball. Then slide the golf balls on to each support rod as shown in the photos pictured above.

Step 3: (Optional) Stain or Paint and Seal Your Wood Bases and Center Table Leg

I chose to stain my table with Minwax Wood Stain and, after letting the stain dry, coated the wood with Minwax Satin Polyurethane.

Step 4: Place Green Felt or Fabric on the Top Side of the Bottom Base

Take the green felt or fabric you have chosen to represent your golf "green" and cut an appropriate amount to cover the topside of the bottom wood base. Remember to cut an opening in the center of the fabric for the center support leg and 4 diagonal slits to accommodate each golf ball leg (see photo above). The fabric can be attached to the wood using a glue such as Aleene's Original Tacky Glue.

Step 5: Attach the Golf Ball Legs to the Bottom Base First

Attach the golf ball legs to corner holes (already drilled in step 1) in the bottom wood base. These golf ball legs can be glued/secured in but they really do not have to because once the top wood base is attached, each end of the golf ball table legs will be secured on each end within the wood bases.

Step 6: Attach the Top Wood Base and Finishing Touches

Finally, attach the top wood base. To attach the top wood base, I angled a couple of wood screws (see red arrows in the first diagram) so they would pierce through the center support leg and up into the underside of the top wood base without poking through to the top of the table. Since these screws would be somewhat exposed on the center support leg, I decided to cover the entire support leg with rope.

The first image (without the green fabric and rope) is what the table originally looked like. Later on, I went back and refurbished and altered the table to lower the height, fill in the bottom wood base, and add the green fabric and rope.

I hope you enjoyed viewing this instructable.

Thank you and feel free to ask any questions.

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