How to Make a Ping Pong Table Top for a Pool Table in 2021

how to make a ping pong table top for a pool tableAre you searching for the right path to know “how to make a ping pong table top for a pool table?” If yes, then you are coming to the right place. Having a pool table covert into a tennis table to spend less than $100, I am going to share the hacks to DIY a ping pong tabletop.

To be honest, look at your ping pong table top side. I make my ping pong table which measurement is 4 feet wide instead of the standard 5 feet, which saves above 50 USD. However, if you really need an extra foot, then you should grab extra plywood to make the table.

Let’s make a ping pong table top for a pool table.

Before starting the process, you should collect some important tools described below.

  • 4 x 8′ 3/4-inch plywood
  • Collect stain (you should Minwax weathered oak and dark walnut
  • Polyurethane
  • 4-1/4″ wood insert lock and nuts
  • 4-1/4″ x 1/2″coarse thread hex bolt
  • 2-5″ corner brace
  • 1-1/4″ hex nut
  • 1-1/4″ machine screw
  • Black or other color spray paint (if you want to paint)
  • Grip tape
  • Ping pong table net

How to Make a Ping Pong Table Top for a Pool Table (8 Steps)

You might collect the upper tools before starting the DIY. However, the whole process I divide into 8 steps. Each of the steps is important but not tricky. So, you should follow the steps properly to convert your ping pong table top for a pool table.

Step 1: Cut Down Your Plywood Which You Collected

Now, you have selected a piece of plywood. Go to a local home improvement store to cut it in half. Note, you must collect the plywood size 4-feet x 4-feet, which measure with your car. 4′ x 4′ is going to squeeze or be tightened.

You are most welcome if you do it by yourself. You can use a shape blade to cut down your plywood. But, when you are a beginner person, I prefer you to go local home improvement store and cut it down in half.

Step 2: Pre Drill One Piece Plywood of Table Top

I don’t install the nut or bolts here right now. I just pre-drill and keep it stay without installing. The installing process I will start later. However, besides with me, you should do here drill a hole that is slightly smaller than your insert each of the 4 inserts. Make sure you drill 4 holes that look like the same.

Pre drill of wood piece

Whatever to figure out the placement, you should grab your 5-inch corner braces. Moreover, place it on the edge of the plywood and make sure you mark both of the holes.

Step 3: Use Sand

It is time to use sand. I used sand with 80, 120, and then quickly had gone through the whole table with 220. This part is not sensitive, so that you can use this section like regular.

Step 4: Stain and Paint Properly Your Top

Have you completed the upper three steps properly? If yes, then you should stain your table and paint your corner brace and hex bolt. Let’s make a design of the tabletop in a very easy way.

I started by staining the top of the table with weathered Oak. Why not check out your paint is dry or not.  I think it already dry. Well, I now added a piece of tape down the center of the board. As I told you in the tool section, you should collect 1 x 2 grabbed straight, and clamped it on the top.

stain and paint the table top

What next? Now, I am going to run the razor blade on either side to score next to the job. Note, if your razor blade cuts some of your taps, then make sure to resist excess before staining the top.

Finally, stain on either side of the tape. Once your stain is fully dry, you should remove the tape and explorer your clean line down of the middle.

Step 5: Apply Your Table Top Coat

You may have polyurethane. Am I right? Now it is time to use polyurethane properly. According to the instruction the Can, you should use polyurethane. I used triple-thick polyurethane because I wanted to get a professional and nice thick layer in just two coats.

When the first coat was fully dry, I stand the plywood with 220 so that the polyurethane looks nice and smooth before using the second coat.

 Step 6: Install Wood and Insert It

In the first step, I just made the holes and didn’t install them. Now, I am going to install the nuts on the holes. Yet, place the hex nut on the end of the tread machine screws, and you should insert the nuts in your wood insert.

To continue the process, you may screw the wood insert into your pre-drill holes, which you made before. Complete the screw with all of the holes steps by step.

Step 7: It is time to use Grip Tape in your Ping Pong Table.

To your ping pong table top, you may need to add the grip to the opposite sides. It is not much essential, but if you want to avoid scratch your table and ensure the ping pong table stays in the right place, the grip is one of your’s best choices.

Step 8: Complete the Installation Process

Assemble your ping pong table to play easier than your thought. Place your tabletop on the pool table (You don’t need to use any tools). On the other hand, line your table bracket with a wood insert and screw in the hex bolts or nuts by your hand.

After that, you can set up the tennis net with this bracket. Finally, when you have done your play, you need to remove the net and unscrew the bolts to fold the table.

FAQs (Frequently Ask Questions)

Q: Can you put a ping pong table top on a pool table?

A: Yes, you can do it. But you need to spend around 100 USD to purchase different tools. However, if you really want to put your ping pong table top on a pool table, you can properly check out the upper 8 steps.

Final Verdict

It is not much tricky thing to convert a ping pong table top for a pool table. The first time, it made me confused, and I made so many mistakes. So, I want you can easily and safely do the task without a single issue. That’s why I write this article step by step. If you already have any confusion after reading the article, hit the comment box and let me know your thought.

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