There are numerous ways you can acquire a ping pong table. The first and the most common is by purchasing them directly from different manufacturers and retailers.

The second one is by hunting a decent ping pong table sale, which is available in numerous garage sales and online forums. The third, as the most cost-efficient, is by building it by yourself.

Sure enough, a DIY ping pong table sounds daunting. But in reality, it is a task that anyone can do. You just need the right tools and materials to construct it.

Allow me to show you one of the methods in how you can achieve this feat. Let's get started.

Step 1: Cutting the Board

The table board is an essential part of a ping pong table. Its quality must be acceptable so that you can play on it conveniently.

• Specifically, the material of choice here is medium-density fiberboard (MDF), as this is the standard type of board that is used on various indoor ping pong tables. Meanwhile, its size should be 9 ft (length) x 5 ft (width) x 2.5 ft (height).

• Its thickness should be at least 19 mm<./b>. In this way, it can usher great bounce consistency.

• Once you have the board, you need to cut it in half. There are two options on how you can do this: cut the board by yourself or let the personnel of the store do the dirty work for you.

Step 2: Marking The Recesses

• After cutting, you need to attach the halves of the table through the use of hinges.

• To do this, place the table boards in a workbench face-to-face. If you don't have a workbench, flat ground is already sufficient.

• Divide the length of the table into three, and mark them using a pencil. These markings will serve as indicators as to where you are going to attach the hinges.

• After the markings are in place, you can already place the hinges. Make sure that the position of the hinges on the other table board.

• Proceed in cutting the wood with the use of a chisel and hammer. Specifically, you need to make recess of the marks, which will serve as the gaps where the hinges will fit.

Step 3: Refining The Playing Surface

Take a piece of sandpaper and sand the wood so that you can eradicate all the impurities and flaws present. You should also sand the recesses so that they will attain a regular surface.

Step 4: Painting The Board

This is the most enjoyable part of a DIY ping pong table. However, make sure that you are going to paint the table as carefully as possible.

• Again, place the boards on a workbench or on trestles. With the use of a beaker and a roller, prime the boards thoroughly.

• Leave the boards after the first priming for at least three hours. After that, you can prime them once more.

• After the second application of primer, let the board be air-dried for eight hours.

• The primer will serve as the white lines or the demarcations of the ping pong table. It is not necessary anymore to paint the edges separately since it is a tricky task.

• Once you are ready to paint the table, just place duct tape on the edges of the board. In this way, you can paint freely without worrying that the white lines will be ruined.

• Use the roller and beaker again to paint the boards. In choosing paint, make sure that its color is dark, such as green, blue, and black.

• Wait another six hours before you are going to apply the second coat. Once completed, leave the boards to be dried for at least eight hours.

• If you think that the paint has dried completely, you can already remove the duct tapes gently.

Step 5: Placing The Hinges

We are almost done!

• After the painting process, you need to affix the hinges to the table boards. You can do this by placing the halves face-to-face, ensuring that the recesses of both are identical.

• You can already attach the hinges on these gaps. If they don't fit, get a hammer and gently tap the hinges to make some incremental adjustments.

• If they are already in position, you can already screw them tightly. Double-check and see if the table board is operating correctly.


This method is among the easiest ways how you can craft a DIY ping pong table. As you have seen, the process is simple, as long as you are crafty and patient.

It is quite advantageous, too, as it saves you a lot of money. Well, for recreational purposes and new hobbies, that should be a good deal.

That's it for now. If you have questions, feel free to drop them in the comment section below.

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