Arts & Craft Foosball Table

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My son asked me to build him a foosball table for his graduation from college. Since I have four other children and grandchildren, I decided to make two tables. I found a plan from Furniture and obtained the hardware from Thompson Sporting Goods.

The original design came from the plan. Dimensions had to be modified to accommodate the playfield. The table is equipped with Tornado foosball table parts including the Tornado hollow rods and counterweighted men.

The table is constructed of quartersawn white oak using traditional mortise and tenon construction, with the tenons pinned and covered with raised ebony plugs (with their edges gently radiused back to the surrounding wood). Each leg features quartersawn figuring on all four sides, accomplished by assembling the four boards with a locking profile.

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#1 posted 03-22-2007 02:28 AM

Lucky son.

I hope he is able to pass down this heirloom also to his son.

Awesome job!

-- Dusty

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#2 posted 03-22-2007 02:38 AM

It is really nice. I hope it is finished with something that is beer proof. Foosball and beer naturally go totogether.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 03-22-2007 02:46 AM

that is AWESOME. Great project, great idea, beautifully made…

You have me rethinking all the “furniture” in the living room. If It looks this good, how can my wife say no to a fine woodworking game room?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 03-22-2007 02:49 AM

Trust me they can say no 456 different ways, and that just in in 20 minutes.

Now promise her a new kitchen to go with the game room and you might have a chance.

-- Dusty

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dennis mitchell

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#5 posted 03-22-2007 03:00 AM

That is just too much fun!

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#6 posted 03-22-2007 03:00 AM

Scott – I have been working on just that idea. I have already built our bed (which I will post later). Now my wife wants the dresser and chest of drawers. I am also starting a number of Greene & Greene tables to accent a few stickley chairs we have in our family room. After that, will probably move to the entertainment center! Too many projects and the job keeps getting in the way!

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#7 posted 03-22-2007 03:11 AM

Glad to hear the plan is in the works…. I just want somebody to have that great room.

That pesky job!

Of couse, promising my wife a kitchen is no good, that’s my room too! I’d have to promise her it wouldn’t take too long, cost too much, or turn me into a perpetual father-in-absentia while getting the project done. Actually getting everything else previously started complete might earn enough points. But then again, getting the gameroom done might “cure me” of all my “lost” evenings and weekends to the shop. Maybe that’s a better project for “later”.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 03-22-2007 03:12 AM

Very nice. Quarter Sawn White Oak….my kinda wood!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#9 posted 03-22-2007 03:15 AM

Looks very good. I bet it’s heavy and solid! No one will be able to shake the table.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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Dan Lyke

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#10 posted 03-22-2007 03:17 AM

Very nice, and got a laugh out loud from me.

That’ll go very nicely with the big recliner and the fireplace in the cherry paneled room while wearing a smoking jacket…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#11 posted 03-22-2007 05:25 AM

That is definitely the nicest foosball table I have ever seen. Very well executed.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Thomas Porter

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#12 posted 03-22-2007 07:15 AM

That’s just fantastic. What a project. Your son should be proud. You want to build me a pool table next? j/k

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#13 posted 03-22-2007 08:22 AM

I need one of those! How much did you have to modify the plans and did you do that so that the table would work with the hardware or for another reason? How much were the plans for a set. I love it. How much did you pay for the project with hardware?



-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#14 posted 03-22-2007 11:31 AM

Drew – I purchased all the components (including the playfield) from Thompson Sporting Goods. Thompson also provided a crude plan. The dimensions of the playfield required an adjustment to the overall dimensions of the table. Additionally, I found that I had to modify the goals, to assure that the balls didn’t bounce back onto the play field. After the table was built, I found that the rods were too short – an error in the plan that accompanied the components. For this I had to have 3” extensions machined for all of the rods.

I believe the original Mission plans were around $10. The tornado components came in a kit and with the playfield ran about $350 per table. I would venture to guess that I have about $400 worth of quartersawn white oak in each table. So, with the modification to the rods, I have just under $900 in each table – no idea of how much labor was involved. They were in my shop for about 18 months (along with other projects I as working on at the same time).


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#15 posted 03-22-2007 03:43 PM

Holy smack!! With a Foosball table like that I might have fought for a chance to play some more when I was back in school. The first piece of furniture my frat house bought when we moved to a new house was a rickety old Foosball table. We sat on the floors for months during meetings but that table was like an altar. If we had a table like yours even fewer of us would have graduated. Absolutely beautiful!!!

-- Straight grains & sharp blades

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