Ping Pong Table Mission Style

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Project by Wolfdrool posted 02-05-2009 11:31 PM 4072 views 22 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The ping pong table is built using pocket hole joinery below the playing surface. In this sense, the table is “faux mission style”, since no mortise or tenon joinery was used to make the leg assemblies. Using pocket hole joinery, the entire cabinet below the playing surface took only 9 hours to build. The playing surface is two layers. The bottom layer is a subtop made of three side by side panels of 1.5×8 mdf. The top layer is four 2.5×4.5 quarter panels of mdf screwed to the subtop from underneath to form the full size 5×9 top. The seams between panels were filled and sanded. Three coats of white primer followed by three coats of blue. The primer was masked off to form the striping. The table was designed to meet ITTF standards.

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#1 posted 02-05-2009 11:37 PM

That’s the first one of those I’ve ever seen for sure! Looks good.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 02-05-2009 11:45 PM

brilliant design looks expensive what is the other parts of the table made from not the top as you explained that already.looking good Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 02-05-2009 11:53 PM

The bottom is all poplar. Total cost for all materials, including screws, wood, mdf, paint, brushes, and glue but not including the net, was just under $400. I chose poplar for a few reasons. First, it’s relatively inexpensive compared to other choices, and this was a prototype. I had no idea if the design idea would work out or whether making the top from the four quarter panels would work. The seams had to be invisible down the centerline for the table to play properly. The subtop turned out to be key, as without that it was hard to make the quarter panels sit flush at the seams. Second, poplar is soft so it’s easy to work with, including easy to sand. Yet, it’s not brittle like pine can be. Third, the poplar holds screws well, which is important for the pocket screws. I’m pretty happy with the final design and play, so the prototype is the final version in our home.

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#4 posted 02-06-2009 12:34 AM


-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#5 posted 02-06-2009 12:38 AM

VERY nice.


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#6 posted 02-06-2009 12:49 AM

That’s wonderful. Great creativity.

-- ED

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#7 posted 02-06-2009 12:51 AM

That is one serious Ping Pong table. Wow! It’s beautiful and I love the choice of blue!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#8 posted 02-06-2009 01:23 AM

That is no fancy ping pong table. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 02-06-2009 01:45 AM

Wow, that’’s the nicest pong table I’ve ever seen. Very good Job.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#10 posted 02-06-2009 02:27 AM

Freakin’ nice. I can’t imagine it taking me only 9 hours to contemplate this job. Awesome.

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.

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#11 posted 02-06-2009 02:36 AM

Nice table.

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#12 posted 02-06-2009 03:44 AM

I would comment on the 9 hour build time based on the comment by pitchnsplinters above. It took 9 hours to build the cabinet BELOW the table top, because all of the machining was just crosscuts and drilling pocket screw holes and then some sanding of the parts. However, it took another 7 hours to make the main top, subtop, and aprons; and then about another 6 hours to mask the top, seal the edges of the mdf, and paint the top with 3 primer coats and 3 finish coats with light sanding between coats. Total project time was about 22 hours over two weekends.

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#13 posted 02-06-2009 01:36 PM

now that is a ping pong table

-- making sawdust....

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#14 posted 02-07-2009 04:21 AM

classy!... not worthy of being hidden in the basement!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#15 posted 02-08-2009 02:25 AM

Beautiful…but what does ITTF stand for. Also what type of primer and finish did you use/

-- Vince

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