Trestle Style / Beer Pong Table with Epoxy Top #1: Trestle Table Style / Beer Pong Table (For a college student)

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Blog entry by John Hoinville posted 08-24-2020 08:29 PM 484 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My daughter wanted to make a beer pong table for her boyfriend’s 21st birthday. The design goals were:

  1. The height and size of the table had to be close to regulation size
  2. Inlay cardboard box cutouts that he has collected of his favorite beer (hey no judging here! College students).
  3. This is my second larger project since returning to woodworking and I wanted to challenge myself to build my skills with hand planes where possible and other techniques (draw boring, using a glaze finish on pine, and doing an epoxy finish on the top with embedded pictures)
  4. Had to meet my daughter’s budget of ~$150. $60 was for the gallon of epoxy.
  5. Meet the date of her boyfriend’s birthday 8/24 (note: working fulltime, planning a week-long vacation, taking a week-long vacation, another trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan long weekend). Anyway, I had to take a few shortcuts to make the timing.

Lowes construction grade wood used for the project:

  • 10-2×4x8 board (top and parts of legs)
  • 1-2×6x7 board (stretcher)
  • 1-2×4x6 board (the main part of legs)

First, part was to build the tabletop:

  • Fail: did not joint or plane boards to reduce time. Learned that make it much harder to flatten, it cupped way too much and had some gaps in the laminated boards.
  • Note: see my first large build which was my woodworking bench:

See the pictures:

2X4s cut in half. Thumbs up for progress! :)

The first section lined up and ready for gluing.

Gluing up the first 1/2 of the top.

The two top sections have been glued, jointed, and put through the planer. The two sections are ready to be glued into the full top.

Planing / flattening the top.

Although this isn’t the last of the posts, here are pictures of the nearly finished project.

  • Note: we ran out of the epoxy and still have another pour to complete the top of the table. I will post once it is completed

My next blog post will be about building the legs for the table…

-- John, Beverly Hills, MI

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