Ping Pong Paddle

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Project by JMillerWoodworks posted 08-14-2017 04:56 PM 1382 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently, my brother and I have been playing Ping Pong, and he got the bright idea to build a paddle, and so after looking at the two that he has built, I decided to build one. So here it is- it has a mahogany rim and handle center with the left side out of walnut and the right side out of birds eye cherry. I wanted to design a paddle that was light weight (because I do not like heavy paddles). I wanted to build a puzzle piece join, so on the outside of the paddle there is a regular puzzle piece join and the center join is a double puzzle piece join with a small join inside the big join. For the handle I wanted to contrast some color so I did a but joint opposite of the main body. In the handle there is inlaid a puzzle piece like bow-tie made out of scrap bubinga. The finish is Teak Oil with two layers of gloss. Because I an not an expert at inlay, there were a few gaps in the joins- the simple fix was old dried coffee grounds packed down in the gap, and then super glued in place. This project was a ton of fun to build! Enjoy!

-- - Joel Miller "Striving to be like the Carpenter of Galilee"

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#1 posted 08-14-2017 05:24 PM

always fun to make toys..great job on your inlay

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#2 posted 08-14-2017 07:23 PM

Thanks a lot!

-- - Joel Miller "Striving to be like the Carpenter of Galilee"

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#3 posted 08-15-2017 02:00 AM

I have been playing a lot of ping pong lately with a table in my shop, but I gotta wonder…how does this play? All the paddles I have seen/used have the rubber facing. How does bare wood work? It’s gorgeous and I would definitely give it a shot at building if it played well. Nice idea and execution!

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#4 posted 08-15-2017 02:46 AM

That is definitely a challenge. It is a lot harder to put a spin on the ball, and if you play ping pong to compete, it is probably not the right paddle, but is works (and its pretty). I have had this same challenge of how it works but so far have no solution. I wonder though if there is some sort of clear rubber that could be stuck on or sprayed on? If so, maybe that would be a solution. Hope this helps!

-- - Joel Miller "Striving to be like the Carpenter of Galilee"

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#5 posted 08-15-2017 03:24 AM

kocgolf, I to, like my brother, Joel (JMillerWoodworks) have built ping pong paddles and what I have found is that the lighter woods you use, the more they are like a padded paddle. I personally would like to encourage you to go ahead, build a paddle, and figure out what types of wood you like. I personally prefer my wood paddles over store-bought ones. Hope this helps…..Dale
below is the link to my favorite home made paddle…

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#6 posted 08-15-2017 01:51 PM

This project is a good looking paddle. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 08-17-2017 07:07 PM

So how heavy is it compared to the thin plywood ‘standard’ type?

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#8 posted 08-17-2017 08:35 PM

It is slightly heavier- our cheap plywood paddle weighs 4.75 oz and this wooden paddle weighs 6.25 oz. Some paddles might be slightly heavier than our plywood paddle but I do not know. It comes down to wood selection. The walnut is definitely lighter weight than the cherry, but some of my brothers paddles (dmiller on LJ), like his Mahogany and Olive paddle is probably closer to 10 oz or more- definitely a beast! As I said earlier- it comes down to wood selection. Hope this helps!

-- - Joel Miller "Striving to be like the Carpenter of Galilee"

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