Why build a ping pong table top for a pool table? When the crowd wants to play ping pong, a pool table is not up to the challenge. You could buy a new ping pong table, but that would take up too much space. Besides, buying a ping pong table will cut into the beer and snack money. Your best bet is to build a table top for your existing pool table.
To create a ping pong table top for your pool table, you will need:
- Tape measure
- Medium density fiberboard (MDF)
- Acrylic Paint – in white and green
- Painter’s tape
- Adhesive foam padding strips
- Ping pong net
- Use a tape measure to find the length and width of your existing pool table. You will want to purchase enough board to cover your pool table in its entirety. A regulation ping pong table is five feet wide by nine feet long. A tournament size pool table is four and one half feet wide by nine feet long. Most home pool tables are four feet wide by eight feet long. If you want a regulation size table tennis table, it will extend past the pool table’s edges on at least two sides.
- Purchase MDF at your local hardware or home improvement store. The thicker the MDF, the more durable it will be. Aim for a half inch or thicker. Most stores will cut this to size for you on the premises.
- For easier storage and transport, you can have the board cut into two equal sized parts. For a regulation size ping pong table, you will have the board cut into two and one half foot wide by four and one half foot pieces, which will make up the full five foot by nine foot playing surface when placed on your pool table.
- Paint the surface of the board with the green paint. Let dry. Apply another coat for durability. Allow to dry completely.
- Paint white lines on the dry playing surface. To keep the lines straight and avoid bleeding paint, use painters tape as a guideline. If you are using a board that has been cut in half, be sure to use accurate measurements when applying the tape so that the midlines match up on both sides.
- When the white paint is completely dry, remove the painter’s tape to reveal the fully painted surface. Flip your ping pong table top over, and place it, painted side down, on a flat service. If you are using two pieces, make sure the middle sides are touching.
- Consult your original pool table measurements. You will use these measurements to determine proper placement of the adhesive foam strips. For example: if your pool table is four feet wide by eight feet long, and your new ping pong table top is five feet wide by nine feet long, you will use a tape measure and pencil to mark the boards six inches in along the length and the width of the board.
- Apply the adhesive foam strips along the lines you have drawn. When you are finished, the strips should line up with the rails of your pool table, allowing the new ping pong table top to rest on top without scratching the wood.
- Place the ping pong top on your pool table, lining up the strips. Attach the ping pong net to the top of the table at the midline. Now your ping pong table top for your pool table is ready for action.
Medium Density Fiberboard or MDF is more expensive than plywood or particle board, but is preferable to the two for a number of reasons, including its durability, and smooth, easily paintable surface. Should you choose other materials, you may find they do not stand up to repeated use.