How to Build a Beer Pong Table
Every man should know how to build a beer pong table. Is your party pad lacking a partying centerpiece? Enter the beer pong table. Arguably the king of all drinking games, having a beer pong table can instantly improve your party throwing status, not to mention provide for a great conversation starter. But where do you find such a table, and how do you make it your own? You can buy one at a variety of online outlets, however they tend to be pricey and lack that personal touch. So why not make your own? It will be infinitely cheaper and more rewarding. The following is the most economical way to build a beer pong table.
Materials: (All of these can be found at your local home supply store/warehouse.)
- Sanded Plywood (6’ x 2’)
- 1 set Folding table legs
- Various paint colors
- Spray on polyurethane
- Painters tape
- Attach legs to table. The first thing you will need to do is attach the legs to the bottom of the table. Take your drill and make sure all of the screws are in all the way. It’s also a good idea to measure out exactly where you want the legs so that your table isn’t uneven.
- Sand and paint. Once you have the legs screwed into the bottom of the table, flip it over and stand it on the legs so it’s ready to be painted. If your plywood was not pre sanded then be sure to sand it now, otherwise it is ready to be primed. Put on a coat of primer so that you can no longer see any wood. When you are done the table should be a solid color. Allow the primer a full 24 hours to dry before going on to the next step.
- Design theme. Now you have to decide what you want on the table for designs. Some popular ideas are different sports themes (basketball court, football field, soccer field, hockey rink, etc) or college-themed tables. For our purposes we will be going forward assuming it’s a standard table with two triangles for the cups at both ends, and a border.
- Painter's tape. In order to create a border, put down painter's tape where you want the border to be. Make sure your painter’s tape is securely down on the table with no air bubbles or spots where the tape comes up from the table. For the best results, and the cleanest looking lines, use spray paint, as it won’t soak through the tape. Once this coat of paint dries lift up your painters tape. If you want to make your boarders a different color put painter’s tape on either side of the borderlines, and spray paint the border the color that you want it.
- Design Now it’s time to design your table. You can paint whatever you want in the middle, either by hand or with spray paint and stencils. Most times some sort of triangle is painted at either end of the table to show where the cups go, but if this compromises the design of your table they can be left out.
- Polyurethane The final step once you have finished the design on your table is to spray polyurethane on top to protect it. Keep in mind, even though this may look like a work of art it’s going to be spilled on, over and over and over again. In order to ensure the longevity of the table spray a layer of polyurethane over the entire table, and let it dry for at least 24 hours.
And that’s it. Now that the hard part’s over, it’s time for the fun. So call up your crew, put a keg in the closet, stock up on solo cups, and let the good times roll, because even if your parties weren’t popular before remember the old saying; build it; and they will come.