Build This Floating Ping Pong Table

Play to 11. Winner gets to splash the loser.

Rebecca McAlpin

Step 1: Using a hand miter saw, cut two lengths of pool noodle to 24 inches and two to 48 inches.

Step 2: Use a sharp utility knife to slit each pool noodle down its center.

Rebecca McAlpin
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Step 3: Find the center line of the plastic sheet by measuring 24 inches in from the long end. Mark a point 1 inch in from either side on this line. With a cordless drill and a 9/64-inch twist bit, drill pilot holes in the two marks. Use the same bit to drill holes in the base of each end cap.

Step 4: Place construction adhesive on the playing surface around the pilot holes and press each end cap in position. Drive a screw through the end cap and into the pilot hole.

Rebecca McAlpin

Step 5: To form the net posts, measure and mark two pieces of PVC pipe to 3 inches long. Crosscut them on the miter saw. Press each one into an end cap mounted to the table.

Rebecca McAlpin
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Step 6: Cut a piece of black mesh ribbon to 27 inches long and 3 inches wide. Wind a little ribbon around one of the net posts, then use a hot-glue gun to attach the ribbon to the post. Extend the ribbon to the other side of the table. Wind the ribbon around the opposite post, and glue it in place. Press another end cap on top of each post.

Rebecca McAlpin

Step 7: Test-fit the pool noodles to the edges of the game board. Once you’re sure they fit, glue each one to the board with construction adhesive.

Step 8: Drill ¼-inch-diameter drain holes near each ­corner of the playing surface.

Shopping List

  • three pool noodles
  • aluminum corrugated plastic sheet: sign panel ¼ x 24 x 48–inch
  • four 4 ½-inch PVC end caps
  • two No. 10 x 1–inch stainless-steel pan-head screws
  • 1 ½-inch x 2-foot PVC pipe
  • one roll of 5 ½-inch black mesh ribbon (michaels.com, Celebrate It ribbon, No. 10217699)

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    This appears in the July/August 2018 issue.

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