Outdoor Carpet Ball Table ( Also Called Gutter Ball )

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Introduction: Outdoor Carpet Ball Table ( Also Called Gutter Ball )

My sons and their friends love this game, so I wanted to give them a table for the back yard. Carpet ball is played with pool balls. Each player places five balls on the table within arms reach of his end. Players take turns rolling (tossing) the cue ball down the table, trying to knock his opponents balls off the playing surface. 

The official rules to Carpet Ball are available here: http://www.carpetball.net/carpetball_rules.htm

NOTE: This is my first Instructable. Please let me know if I am missing information that would have been helpful to you. 

Step 1: Materials

2 - 2"X10"X12' Planks
2 - 2"X10"X25" Planks
15 - 2"X4"X25" Boards
4 - 2"X4"X30" Pressure Treated Boards
4 - 2"X4"X38" Pressure Treated Boards
2 - 12"X10' Hardi Plank Flat Siding Boards
1 - 2'X12' Outdoor Carpet
8 - 3.5" Carriage Bolts with washer and nut
Staple Gun and Staples
Deck Screws
Rink Shank Nails
Drill
Water Sealant and brush (Thompson's works well.) As an alternative, use pressure treated lumber throughout.

Step 2: Build the Frame

Gather the 10" wide planks, and build the frame using deck screws. 
The short planks form the game ends and the long planks form the sides.
The ends take more abuse from balls slamming into them so overlap the long boards over the short boards to prevent loosening over time. 

Step 3: Install Bottom Boards

Mark every foot down the length of the side planks.
Using deck screws (or nails), install a 2"X4"X25" board at each foot.
The bottom edge of each of these boards should be flush with the bottom edge of the side planks.
The game surface will rest on these boards.

Step 4: Add the End Well Bottoms

The last 12 inches of each end form a well for the balls to fall into. 
Using two 2"X4"X25" boards at each end, build the bottom for the end well.
Be careful to turn these boards horizontal so that they are below the game surface.
Space them eavenly in the end space. 

NOTE: For an indoor version, the end well could be solid. For example, a 12"X28" piece of plywood could be screwed in from the bottom. I designed mine this way - with these gaps - so that rain would not collect.

Step 5: Build and Install Table Legs.

Build each leg using one 2"X4"X30" and one 2"X4"X38" pressure treated board.
Attach these to each other using deck screws.

The side plank will sit on the 30" portion, and the 38" portion will wrap up the outside of the plank. 

Place each leg 3 feet from the end.
Attach the legs with deck screws to hold it together for drilling.
Drill holes and attach the legs to the side planks with the carriage bolts. 

NOTE: My table was for outdoor use and the legs would contact the ground. Pressure treated wood was essential. If you are  building an indoor game, use regular 2X4's. 

Step 6: Install the Playing Surface

Measure the distance of the playing surface. The playing surface the the area between the furthermost boards installed in step three. It should be approximately 10 feet. Remember - the playing surface stops 12 inches short of each end so that the balls can fall into the well. 

Because this table is for outdoor use, I used Fiber Cement Siding. Pressure treated plywood would also work here. 

Install the Fiber Cement Siding to the boards added in step 3. Leave a .5 inch gap along both sides for rain to escape. 

Step 7: Treat the Wood With Water Sealant

Before installing the carpet, treat all of the wood with a water sealant, designed to protect wood from the elements. 

Step 8: Install Outdoor Carpet

Cover the playing surface with outdoor carpet.
Lay the carpet in place.
Wrap it around the boards at each end of the playing surface, and staple from underneath. NOTE: Pull the carpet as tight as you can. Wrinkles in the carpet will negatively effect the game. 
Trim the access. 

NOTE: The carpet will need to be replaced every couple years or so. Do not glue it in place. Staples at each end (and along the side if necessary) will allow you to remove it later.

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44 Comments

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Wi11Power
Wi11Power

Tip 5 months ago

I found the instructions easy to follow and the table turned out great. Two things I would adjust though:
1) The carpet needs to be secured on the sides as well as the ends or it will effect how the balls roll. When I tried using staples I could not get them flush with the carpet, which would negatively impact the game. So I DID use outdoor carpet adhesive (Roberts 6700) sparingly along the edges.
2) The table had some wobble left and right (front and back not so much). This makes sense, because it is pretty stinkin' heavy. I added a couple support beams connecting the legs on the width. This made the whole thing much more stable.

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Wi11Power
Wi11Power

Answer 5 months ago

Granted the price of wood has skyrocketed since the pandemic began, but if anyone is looking to make this in 2021 I spent $250-300 to get all the wood, fasteners, carpet, adhesive, and pool balls.

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A_Nonymous19
A_Nonymous19

Answer 1 year ago

I already spent $120 not including the outdoor carpet which I have yet to buy.

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selfadam
selfadam

Question 7 months ago

Anyone have an idea of approximately how heavy this table is?

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Wi11Power
Wi11Power

Answer 5 months ago

I don't have an exact weight, but it is stupid heavy. Two grown men can move it short distances with effort, but it isn't fun. Anything further than 100 feet and I would recommend a truck.

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AlexanderW85
AlexanderW85

Tip 2 years ago

I really wish you would have made it with more pictures, I am really not the type of person that can learn well just from words, I am more of visual type of learner.

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nicolasmalone05
nicolasmalone05

Reply 9 months ago

There is a video on this just search "how to build a carpit table" they used this instructions

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charleen.giles67
charleen.giles67

Question 1 year ago

How much of the fiber cement siding or the pressure treated plywood would be needed?

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abigailsolem123
abigailsolem123

Question 1 year ago

Can u have this game/table inside the house?

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A_Nonymous19
A_Nonymous19

Question 1 year ago

How did you attach the playing surface? Screws, nails or adhesive (liquid nails)?

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tonyspamonie89
tonyspamonie89

Answer 1 year ago

Use staples.Staple one side by the pit,go to other side stretch it a bit and staple

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Johnlindner
Johnlindner

Question 1 year ago

How long do we wait after putting sealant on to put on the carpet

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ZephyrParadox
ZephyrParadox

2 years ago

Where can I get the 12"X10' Hardi Plank Flat Siding Boards? I've been looking everywhere and I can't find anything.

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A_Nonymous19
A_Nonymous19

Reply 1 year ago

Menard's $16.98 each

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scottwylie
scottwylie

Answer 2 years ago

I’m sorry - it was built so long ago that I do t remember.

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DanielC795
DanielC795

3 years ago

how many Deck Screws and

Rink Shank Nails did you use????? why didn't you list it, your making me make it a lot harder.

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DanielC795
DanielC795

3 years ago

can you take some more photos from more angles please.

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scottwylie
scottwylie

Reply 3 years ago

Daniel - I relocated and left the game with the new owners of the house. I can answer a question for you, but I can't send more pictures.