My boyfriend has been out of town for the past week on a business trip and I was thinking of ways to surprise him when he comes home. I visited my best friend at his summer research housing dorm and we ended up playing ping-pong, which was so fun it inspired me to think about getting my boyfriend a ping-pong table. But after seeing how expensive ping-pong tables are ($400-$900), I decided to make my own... and not only did I made one in less than a day and for less than $100, the table is easy to store in the garage and set up whenever you want. Click "read more" below to find out how to make your own and see some pictures of the finished product!
Start by finding the smooth sanded side of your ACX plywood. This is going to be the surface of the table that you will paint. Dust it off really well with a rag and let it dry completely if you used a damp rag. Then, spray paint it green evenly. It will probably take two cans. Make sure to lay a tarp down so that you down paint your fence or sidewalk, and make sure to wear a mask because you don't want to get the fumes or aerosolized paint in your lungs. After the green dries, use the white acrylic paint and paintbrush to create a white border and a lengthwise center line. Let dry.
Place the surface onto the table. Place the C-clamps on the midline width of the court.
Take the mesh laundry bag and cut the top off about 4" down from the top. Notice the drawstring runs through a pocket sewn across the top. Cut the circular strip so that you have a straight strip. Remove the drawstring and replace with the wooden dowel.
Lay the net across the C-clamps and secure using any method you prefer.
Grab your paddles and a ping-pong ball and get your game on!