Running out of ideas on what to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon after a hectic week of work and kids? Don’t worry about it, we got your back here, because hey, we’re parents too, and we have the perfect idea on how to kill some hours and at the end of it, we’re pretty much confident that you’ll be happy with your creation.
Don’t buy it If You Can Build It Yourself
You may have had plans to buy that sweet looking mini foosball table at Barrel and Crates, but the only thing stopping short of you lugging that piece of hardware is the $1,000 price tag to it. And you’re going to play it like what, once a week on a weekend? You’re been trying to find a cheap foosball table from Ikea to the shopping mall, even scouring flea markets for used foosball table for sale while at it too, but you just can’t seem to find the perfect fit for your wallet? Why buy it when you can build it yourself mate!
What is foosball?
Foosball, most commonly misspelled or mispronounced as “football” take a lot from the meaning of the latter. Just like football, you may have guessed this right, that yes; it involved some sort of a ball. Just that it’s the tiny version of having an 11-players-a-side on a soccer field; you have them shrunk to foosball table dimensions. And voila- you have the meaning of mini foosball table.
How to make a mini foosball table
Here are the items you’ll need to make your very own mini-foosball table. The stuff that you’ll need are:-
1. Shoe box
2. Wood sticks(0.5 cm)
3. Wooden Pegs
4. A small Ping-Pong ball
5. Pair of scissors
6. A single-hole punch
7. Coloured markers
8. Rubber Bands
1st and 2nd Step
Items required:- Shoe box and Wooden Sticks
Grab any empty shoe box and four pieces of wooden sticks. The length of the sticks has to be a few centimetres wider than the width of the box, and the diameter has to be about 0.5 centimetres. You can easily get this from any shoe store or go search through your cupboard, we’re pretty sure you have some shoe boxes lying around somewhere.
Item Required: Wooden Pegs
Next grab some wooden pegs and add two or three of them on each wooden stick. Take note of the spacing as you’ll need to test fit the area. Let the wooden stick rest atop the box to have a better gauge on where you want to place them. Just be more wary if your box is rather small because a slight error of measurement will make your mini foosball table look weird.
Item required: Single-hole Punch
Using a market, placed markings on where the wooden stick is lying on. Then using your single-hole punch, carefully make a hole below each mark. It’ll be a good idea to test whether your wooden sticks are able to fit just in case it needs further adjustments.
Item Required: Scissors
Using your scissors, cut a rectangular hole on both ends of the box, ensuring that there are slightly bigger than your chosen ping pong ball – otherwise it’ll be rather difficult for either player to score.
Item Required: Coloured Markers
Once you’ve decided how many wooden pegs are needed, it’s time to paint! Use two different colours to signify the two different teams. You can also colour the wooden sticks to signify which team colour they belong too as well. This makes it a lot easier to see as well.
Item required: Rubber Bands
Now put everything together. To keep the wooden sticks from sliding out of the holes, you can add rubber bands at the sides of the openings- but remember to allow some room for them to slide in and out.
And that’s it! You’ve created your very own foosball table! Do visit this video link if you need to have a clearer picture on how to make a mini foosball table!