Ping-pong paddle

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Project by akremer1994 posted 01-10-2013 10:47 AM 1145 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple days ago I decided to see if I could craft a decent ping-pong paddle. I acquired an old, broken paddle rouse as a reference and got to work. I planed a piece of golden oak down to the thickness of the old paddle then traced an outline of the old paddle to the board. After cutting the paddle out with a bandsaw I sanded the edges down until it was a perfect shape. I then took some walnut and cut out two pieces for the handle. After gluing them on I sanded the handle down to its final shape. I recycled the pads off of the old broken paddle, as they were still in good contrition. After winning a game with the paddle I confirmed that it works. I hope to build a couple more paddles over the next few days, all with varied pads and handles.

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#1 posted 01-10-2013 01:47 PM

I play pingpong everyday at work ( breaks only, i swear). This is somthing i am going to have to try. Awesome!

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#2 posted 01-10-2013 01:53 PM

I have to do this before my vacation this year so I dont have to play with plastic paddle at the resort.

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#3 posted 01-10-2013 02:37 PM

Great paddle, Alex!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 01-10-2013 04:06 PM

So cool, never thought about making my own. We have some Epic doubles play at work as well. ( on breaks of course ) I’ll have to get in line and buy some skins and make one up. Thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 01-10-2013 04:22 PM

Unique project.

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#6 posted 01-10-2013 04:26 PM

Nice paddle. I’m sure you’ll enjoy pingpong much more using your own paddle. Is it heavier than a store-bought paddle? Not that that’s a bad thing.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 01-10-2013 04:47 PM

It’s a little heavier since its solid wood and there’s no plywood, but not heavy enough to where it’s all that noticeable.

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#8 posted 01-10-2013 06:19 PM

Let us know if you find a good source for the rubber pads.
Nice project!

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#9 posted 01-10-2013 09:34 PM

thanks, i want to build one now

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#10 posted 01-10-2013 09:34 PM

Like the beautiful paddle, a ping pong enthusiast myself. Very nice to make one so that we can choose the right wood and rubber pads. Great job!


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#11 posted 01-11-2013 12:59 AM

I do believe that’s a first, Good job

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#12 posted 01-11-2013 01:58 AM

I like it most of these you buy on the high end are made with baltic birch plywood and then the handles are slapped on in the old days they glued sand paper to the face this made a fast paddle and then later they used rubber pade both with the nibs up and down where did you find the paddle padding

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