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Question Need advice on hardwood ping pong table design

I do random little projects but haven't tackled anything quite like this.

I have a more formal media room with space in the back for an ugly particle board ping pong table.....um no.

So I thought I would make a project out of it.

Basics: ping pong table is 9' by 5' but divided into 2 halves. 4.5'

The table top I would like to be a more rich dark stain with interesting grain (Sapele?) and the borders and center line to be a lighter wood (birch?)

Planks secured on top of birch plywood for extra strength and additional diagonal supports along the underneath?

Very preliminary thoughts. Would like some feedback on wood choice etc.

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I do random little projects but haven't tackled anything quite like this.

I have a more formal media room with space in the back for an ugly particle board ping pong table.....um no.

So I thought I would make a project out of it.

Basics: ping pong table is 9' by 5' but divided into 2 halves. 4.5'

The table top I would like to be a more rich dark stain with interesting grain (Sapele?) and the borders and center line to be a lighter wood (birch?)

Planks secured on top of birch plywood for extra strength and additional diagonal supports along the underneath?

Very preliminary thoughts. Would like some feedback on wood choice etc.

Thanks
I would use nothing other than plywood for the top of a pool table if it is actually to be used. If it is just a decoration then planks OK.

With planks you cannot guarantee that the top is always going to be blemish free.

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You might use baltic birch plywood for the top. It comes in sheets 5'x5' so you wouldn't have to make an additional seam. If you don't have a permanent place to set up the table you might put folding legs on it and hinge the top in the center for easier storage.
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I agree with George. Anything other than a completely solid piece will affect how the ball acts if it hits a groove. I would suggest a furniture grade plywood for the top and go from there. Most tables are made from plywood, MDF or particle board.

Two things on my bucket list are a stationary ping pong table and billiards table build.
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Thanks for input.

Its not going to be used extensively and it doesn't have to be mobile. I was aiming for aesthetics but point taken about the ball being more erratic with a surface made of multiple components.

Maybe the best approach would be to design and build a nice sturdy table. Then a Baltic birch plywood top that can be folded and stored when not playing. obviously table pad in between to protect surface.
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I can't see any problem with a glued up surface of all the same wood if the top is sanded smooth, they have been doing it with bowling alleys for years.

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I agree that it's perfectly possible to create a smooth flat top. If it were me, I'd make it a plywood top, and then use thin hardwood to create your surface. I'd cut the strips 2-2.5 inches wide and 1/8-1/4 thick. Then install like wood flooring.

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I can't see any problem with a glued up surface of all the same wood if the top is sanded smooth, they have been doing it with bowling alleys for years.
Bowling alleys use a large, heavy ball. Ping pong uses a small, very light ball. Much more effected by surface.

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Bowling alleys use a large, heavy ball. Ping pong uses a small, very light ball. Much more effected by surface.

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Just did a search for "hardwood ping pong table", seems like a lot of people are using them.

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Just did a search for "hardwood ping pong table", seems like a lot of people are using them.
Just how successfully are they using them? Nobody ever said that all people do smart things.

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