We have had so much fun with our one-man ping-pong that I had to share the build so you could have fun with your family as well.
First off I want to say that I am the reigning champion of mini ping-pong / one-man ping-pong. I only built our game last Monday, so I’m sure I’ll blow my record out of the water as I practice, but the family scores are currently:
- Amazingly-Awesome wife and mother: 50
- Apple that fell from her Mother’s tree: 24
- Handsome Hubby with no skillz: 11
- Other daughter that really didn’t want to play at first: 5
Scores are based on how many bounces, going back and forth between sides, you can get before the ball drops.
Here are the very difficult and labour-intensive building plans:
Mini Ping-Pong / One-Man Ping-Pong
2 pieces of scrap wood and a dowel – cut list below
I had some cut-offs of ½” plywood and a 1 1/8″ dowel in my scrap wood bin. I cut to the lengths above and gave the plywood a thorough sanding to remove as many of the grooves and grain as I could.
I painted the mini ping-pong board and the net with two coats of primer, sanding with 320 grit between coats. Draw lines around the perimeter at about ½” in. Tip: line your pencil up with your marking on a right-angle ruler and then slide the ruler (pencil tight to it) down your board.
Use painter’s tape to block off the sections of your one-man ping-pong that will remain white.
I mixed some leftover sample pots of paint to get a green that is somewhat indicative of a ping-pong table.
Find the centre point of your mini ping-pong board and pre-drill a hole. Drilling from the painted side down into your dowel, attach the base to the dowel with a 2″ wood screw.
Nice nail polish on those man-hands eh? Those are the hands of a serial DIYer and mini ping-pong champion.
Use wood glue and finishing nails to attach your net over top of the screw hole and you’re done!
Two pieces of wood and a dowel to bragging rights.
I tried to take photos of Hubby in action, but he’s not very good, so it was tough to capture (total trash-talk here). lol
Save it for later:
You really need to make one – it’s a great backyard game for the family and it’s SO MUCH FUN to bug your Hubby.
For more fun backyard DIY’s check out:
- DIY connect 4
- Basketball beer pong
- Outdoor chalkboard (we use it for Pictionary)
- DIY Mini golf
- How to make a Plinko board
Have a great weekend!