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01-25-2018 04:56 AM

Has anybody here built an air hockey table? I searched LJ, and all the results were for turning an air hockey table into a vacuum press. I have no intention of building one (well at least not anytime soon). I literally just saw a tv commercial with an air hockey table in it, and thought that it would be a fun project. Seems like there would be a lot of interesting problems to solve like what to use for an air source, best material for pucks, paddles, and walls. Also how to make the goals so the puck drops down, but doesn’t fall out or get stuck. Also seems like a project you could make fairly simple or take it to an extreme with detail and aesthetics. Of course if I did build one I’d probably end up making a poker table top that fits over it.

I googled diy air hockey table and there are a few how-to’s out there on you tube, wiki-how, etc. All seem to use loud leaf blowers or shop vacs. The squirrel cage/centrifugal blowers seem to be the better way to go. I even found a site that sold replacements for commercially made tables. Could probably find ones cheaper through an industrial supply website. Certainly pucks and paddles are widely available, but making your own would be more fun.

So how ‘bout it, have you built an air hockey table? What was your design like? Did you find plans online? What materials did you use? Where did you source parts?

-- ~Walker


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#1 posted 01-25-2018 05:05 AM

I remember Bob making one.

Mini Air Hockey Table

Didn’t read everything…lol. I’ll just leave that he made one and a pretty cool build process. I agree, it would be a fun project to make.

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#2 posted 01-25-2018 05:11 AM

^^^ haha. that’s one of the video’s I watched before posting. Easily the best build out of the few I found.

-- ~Walker

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#3 posted 01-25-2018 05:19 AM

I like one of the commenters mentioning the use of a box fan underneath to reduce sound and footprint. And another would be the use of an Arduino to keep track of the score. I don’t want to dig into this too much because I’ll start to wonder if I should try to build one and I can’t have that with my long list of projects. lol.

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#4 posted 01-25-2018 07:28 AM

I found this DIY one with a really detailed write up and lots of pics. https://imgur.com/a/Dd1eQ

also this one is very ambitious with led lights, electronic scoreboards under the “ice”, etc http://www.instructables.com/id/Dazzlers-Air-Hockey-Build/

-- ~Walker

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#5 posted 01-25-2018 01:07 PM

A friend built one a loooooooong time ago (early 80s). Plan was in Popular Mechanics or Mechanix Illustrated. Air source was just a bathroom fan I believe.

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#6 posted 01-25-2018 01:24 PM

I made on in the 80’s for my kids. Used a vacuum cleaner at first, but it made too much of a racket, and actually pushed up the pucks a bit as they skidded across. A couple small squirrel cage motors, mounted on each end I think will do just fine.
Personally, I don’t want to take all that time and drill all those holes!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#7 posted 01-25-2018 06:50 PM

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#8 posted 01-25-2018 08:07 PM



Check this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ctiPMDmpoI

- ScottM

That’s what I posted above. lol.

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