Mini Air Hockey Table // How-To

Hey, I’m Bob at I like to make stuff today. We’re going to make an air hockey table [Into music] First I cut down two sheets of eighth inch plywood one of them was covered with melamine on one side Then I cut down some one by sixes to the full length of the table These are the 48 inches plus a goal on each end So I marked where the goals went so I could line them up later I cut two more pieces of 1 by 6 to box in the playable area and then I went to the table saw I lowered the blade and then I cut a slot in each one of the pieces But on the long sides I didn’t cut all the way to the end you can see that I started these cuts with the end of the wood past the blade I gently set it down on the blade while it was spinning and then push the wood through but not all the way to the end The end pieces, which are shorter, did get full cuts I did a test fit with one panel to make sure that it would fit and then I moved the fence over and ran all the boards through again But this time I had to have a little bit thicker dado so I had to move the blade over slightly Run them through again, and then repeat that process until it was the correct thickness on both of the in panels I measured in six inches from each side and drew a line between those marks that gave me a 12-inch area centered in the middle of the board a ticket to the band saw and cut this section out on both pieces I Used my CNC machine to drill all the holes in the game board but if you don’t have one you can just use a straight edge to draw a grid and drill them by hand it would just Take longer, but it would work exactly the same To make the strikers or the paddles I use the compass and draw a circle on a piece of three-quarter-inch plywood [I] Also found the Center point just by making two marks I cut these out on the bandsaw and got close to the line But didn’t actually try to hit it. Personally I do a better job of hitting that line with a disc sander So I took them both over there spun the piece around while I got to the lawn I Also sanded off the raised lettering on the top of a PVC cap and this is going to be the handle using a forstner bit on the drill press I made a recess for each one of these caps to sit down in I did a little bit of fitting and then use some Ca Glue to hold them in place once I got it in place I spun them around to make sure that the glue is fully spread and they ended up holding really well And then I gave both of these a coat of primer I cut down some three-quarter inch scrap pine into a bunch of small pieces of random sizes I sanded these off so they just weren’t rough and then flipped over my game board and use some ca glue to place them randomly all Sanded these off so they just weren’t rough and then flipped over my game board and use some ca glue to place them randomly all over the board The only conditions here were to make sure that they didn’t cover any of the holes and there was an area left in the center So I could add the plumbing later I set the bottom panel in place and found the center point and then from there Drew a circle around the plumbing that was going to be attached, then I drew an inner circle to cut out I put a backer board underneath the piece of wood to prevent blowout and then drilled out the circle with the Forstner bit I added some ca glue to the top of all of these pieces and then use some really heavy stuff to hold it down to clamp it in place while to dry the Strikers then got a code blue paint Back on the table saw I put on my crosscut sled and then raise the blade to where it matched the thickness of this piece Of plywood I set up a stop block And then slowly Chipped away the area that was going to be the goal on the end of one of these pieces This works perfectly well, but it also took a while So the next time I tried moving the piece of wood barely into the blade then sliding it across the blade Moving in it a little bit more and sliding it again I just did this until the area was finally cut out only do this against the sled take your time and do this at your Own risk I set the fence to the thickness of the area that I had just cut out and then I ran my two end pieces through to cut them down to the same height Then it was time to put all this together I added some glue to all the dedos on all four of the pieces and then I had to put the tabletop in place You can see here that the pieces of wood I used for the tabletop were not really straight so it took a lot of work to get them fit into the dedos from one end to the other and then to get the Other pieces put on I kind of did them one at a time And you use some core clamps to hold them in place at 90 degrees while I put on the rest of the pieces This took way longer than I’m showing in the video But it’s just not that interesting to watch me fight it for a long time The mallet really helped to knock these pieces into the dados and places where they didn’t want to go in for each one of the joints I pre drilled some holes and drove in some screws to hold these together the glue is going to do the work long-term I Found that there was one section that didn’t really catch in the dado I didn’t want the air to leak out there or for it to be Unsupported, so I took a scrap piece of pine and glued it in place To make the tops for the goals I rip down two pieces of the eighth inch plywood and then marked them and cut them to Length these fit over the area that I chipped away earlier on the mainframe I added some glue to those areas that I’d cut away and then set these pieces in Place, I Just used some brad nails to hold a min while the Glue dry. I I measured the inside of the goal areas just to make sure that everything was the same and square and then I cut down some pieces Of scrap plywood and scrap pine to fit in these areas I made one piece to go at the top so that the puck would hit it when it came in the goal, and another piece to go at the bottom to catch it when it fell I added some glue and nailed these in with some brad’s making sure that they were flushed to all the outside Edges and Then it was time to add the plumbing I put a 90 degree elbow on a piece of PVC Held it over the hole that I drilled and then figured out where I needed to cut it to length Then I trace the outside on the outer wall and used a forstner bit to drill it out drilling from the inside and the outside So it didn’t blow out They used a file to make it fit, and then fit all the pieces together this coupling for the shopvac hose didn’t actually fit So I used a belt sander to taper down one edge So that would fit inside the PVC Once I had everything fitting correctly I went back and took it apart added some PVC cement and glued it all together I Used a thick bead of construction adhesive around the outside of the pipe connecting it to the table top just to seal it up So no air would get lost here then it was time to paint the table I covered the whole table top with some brown paper and use painters tape to hold it in place I Ran a line of painters tape along the edges getting right up to the wood but not covering it and I had to take it Outside to my fancy paint booth I used several light coats of paint to Avoid drips and to make sure that [I] got even coverage In the end while this was drying. I found some materials to cut off the pucks I wanted to try a few different options because I wasn’t sure how well it was Gonna perform I? found two different types of wood in one piece of acrylic I drew a circle with the compass and then cut them out on the bandsaw Again, I got close to the line on the band saw but didn’t actually try to hit it They used the disc sander to really dial it in and get these rounded out the right way I lightly sanded the edges of these to make sure that they would move smoothly on the surface Then it was time to actually test it out first. I tested without any air blowing I wanted to see what the baseline was for the movement not so great I hooked up the air and turned it on and then tested him out again one of them worked really well But then I realized that I hadn’t cleaned out the filter in my shop back in quite a while So I went outside clean that [out], and then the acrylic worked great After that the kids were playing air hockey all day long, and I have to say I played quite a bit, too It’s a lot of fun and works way better than I expected it to My kids absolutely love this thing we’ve already played with it a lot And I’m sure it’s going to continue to get played with But there is a big list of stuff that I would like to add or change about it luckily most of those things can still Be done without having to start over the one that can’t really be done without starting over is to change the way the plumbing runs I wasn’t really thinking ahead or planning how the plumbing would interact with the outer wall But it would be really nice to have it flush mounted. So it didn’t stick out to do that I would have to make the side walls a little bit taller So there was enough room to drill a bigger hole so that it wouldn’t be too close to the bottom Either way, it’s not a huge deal, but it would be nice just not to have that thing sticking out But the rest of the changes can still be done at this point One of the easiest ones to do is to change the material of the striker There’s a lot of different ways you could do that but the simplest one would be to cut a PVC pipe into a ring and use that as the outside sleeve around here because as this wood runs into the acrylic puck it’s starting to damage this wood and take off the paint if you’re using a wooden puck that’s Not really a big deal, but the acrylic one definitely is doing some damage to this and will over time So if you add a layer of PVC around the outside it should help that a lot although honestly the paint’s probably still not going To stay for very long could just paint them white another problem is just the volume of the shop Vac It’s super loud, and it makes it uncomfortable for everybody else in the room Who’s not playing a game eventually I’d like to find a quieter blower Maybe one that can be mounted right underneath the table to blow right into it or just connect to the same plumbing that I have in place now another thing is that this acrylic puck is running into The sides which are made out of wood and so eventually it’s probably going to do some damage to the sides as well So a way around that would be to add a layer of plexiglass around the outside edge or aluminum, originally I did want to put a border of aluminum around the inside of it I just kind of ran at the time, and I didn’t have the materials on hand so I didn’t do that It would be super easy to add at this point, and it would just keep the table in better Shape longer now the last one is something that was a problem even when I was a kid I remember it being an issue when you hit the puck into the goal It hits the back wall and bounces straight back out and then that person doesn’t get their point a way around that would be to Put a strip of wood on the back side of the goal with an angle on it so when the puck comes in it hits that angle and deflects down into the box so when I get some time I’m going to Cut that little strip put it in the back of both of the goals and that will be fixed Obviously, I didn’t put any legs on this table But you could easily add some legs if you wanted this thing to be freestanding I don’t really have the floor space to add a bunch of tables for every new game We make or anything so I just made it so that it could set on top of our lego table that I made in a previous video or if Adults want to play it you can just set it on the kitchen table I know that there are already some questions that are being typed right now in the comments about the top of the holes on it So let me answer a few of those somebody’s probably going to ask well Why didn’t you use pegboard the holes are just too big and they’re not close enough together? The Air would come out and it would be too slow And it probably wouldn’t do a great job some people are also probably going to ask why the holes I did are too big Typically the holes in an air hockey table are very small way smaller than what I did and they’re closer together And if you did that that would probably give you an even better result because the velocity of the air is going to go up As it goes through a smaller hole but in this case I thought I would try it out, and if it didn’t work. I have plenty of material I could have recut a new top in my case It worked pretty well And then I realized that the filter on my shop vac was full of sawdust so I cleared it out And then I had a lot more air blowing through there It worked great after that in case you were wondering these holes are an eighth of an inch And they’re about an inch apart in both directions. Alright, that’s it for this project guys. I hope you liked it Let me know what you think about it down below in the comments or and my website Down below in the description I’ve got links to all my social channels, and I would love for you to show me some stuff that you’re working on I’ve also got a list of all the tools that are used on this project I’ve got a lot more videos for you to check out don’t forget to subscribe to this channel and Subscribe to the second channel if you want to see some behind the scenes and kind of non project stuff That’s it for this one guys. Thanks for watching I’ll see you next time

100 thoughts on “Mini Air Hockey Table // How-To

  1. sweet hybrid cremonabear on your bandsaw :p nice build . maybe a smaller (vacuum) inside of a styrofoam lined plywood box would deffen the sound , gonna make one someday

  2. If u put a ramp on the goal (like a 45 º…) the disc will go down easily. A great Christmas gift… I will take note

  3. Am I the only one thinking… where does he store all this shit? lol. I couldn’t fit all this in my garage lol.

    Great videos man!

  4. Awesome project! I would love to build one of these and I've never thought of using a shop vac to power it

  5. Use about 6 120~140mm PC fans across the bottom at equal spaces to provide air flow. I had one that had one fan in the middle but it had to run at super high speed. Using more fans would distribute the air more evenly and could be run at lower rpm.

  6. If i wanted to make my own one of these would using a piece of peg board work just fine or does it have to be the way you made it for top performance??

  7. You can use a heat gun to make the pic more malleable then you wouldn't have to stand down the shop vac u could just stretch the pic around it

  8. For the air thingy, I have a little air vacuum/blower that was originally meant to blow air into an air mattress. I think that could be good.

  9. Is there any reason you don’t use primer when painting? Can’t help but feel this would make your paint job/final finish much better

  10. You could try a squirrel cage from a junkyard car…just need a power supply to convert to 12v. You could adjust the speed with a potentiometer.

  11. You should add felt to the striker and add acrylic to the walls and then put leds and also make a score counter

  12. Thanks for the tutorial because at school we need to make an arcade game for our science fair so this is perfect!!

  13. I recommend making different shaped pucks for your kids. When I was a kid we had an air hockey table with a triangle and octagon puck. Some of the pucks had holographic decals. Its pretty trippy.

  14. You think an air mattress pump would flow enough air? It would be much quieter even two of them wouldn’t be as loud

  15. why your holes are so big? just kidding I like the project, but instead of an air blower you could use some kind of fan maybe with a brushless DC motor to be more quiet.

  16. I know I’m late to the game but was there ever a way figured out to not have to use the shop vac? I would love to make this for my boys but that would drive me nuts

  17. LOVE IT! can u make a tut how to make an electronic scorboard for this table (maybe with raspberry or arduino?), please?

  18. Congratulations but i guess the surface wont last long because of the deep scratches that gonna happen in time . i'd go for a durable metallic surface. Plus only one hole for the air flow doesnt seem balanced.

  19. If his channel name is I like to make stuff and we like watching him making stuff
    Everyone let’s make a channel call I like to watch people making stuff

  20. If his channel name is I like to make stuff and we like watching him making stuff
    Everyone let’s make a channel call I like to watch people making stuff

  21. just designed a tripple play table with a table tennis, socker and billard possability. i wonder if i can ad this airhockey aswell then the experience would be complete 🙂

  22. how do i know what kind of air blower i need. because i dont wanna invest in a silent air blower and then realise there isnt enough power to elavate the disc but i also dont want to have a noisy leaf blower in my playing area

  23. Great work Bob. One thing I worry about though is you using your hand on top of the boards at the table saw E.g. 0:50. If the saw whips a board out from under your hand, your hand will drop down on the blade and you could get badly cut. Might be safer for you to use one of those guide sticks carpenters use. Not sure what they're called – I'm no carpenter, nor trying to tell you what to do; just mentioning it so you don't hurt yourself.

  24. hello I watched the video and I made a design close to your design in 147 * 76 dimensions. how much air power is required for this? can you help me?

  25. A simple box fan work fantastic for this and only adds another inch or two to the depth, try that.

  26. We are two years on+ at this point. Do your kids still play or is the table now too "kiddie" to hold their interest? And given all the things you learned I think it is time for a redo with a 20in box fan from Lowe's. Just sayin…

  27. hey so what is the name of the top of the air hockey table the one with the holes i need to buy it but idk what the name is?

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