How To Build Air Hockey Table? [Expert Review!]

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Air hockey table is one of the best arcade games in which you use a puck to hit a ball against a target. It is a combination of ping pong and pool with laser beam lights and plasma balls. What makes this game so special is that it allows for some pretty awesome decorations. You can paint the balls any color you want and add all kinds of designs or images on them. Also, you can use most any paint or stain on the paddle and the table itself so that it looks like an old pool table or ping pong table.

Decoration Ideas

While decoration ideas for air hockey are pretty open ended, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First of all, make sure that whatever image or design you choose will not fade or peel off in the rain. You can always paint over it if it does but then you will have to repaint it every other day. Also, if you are using a hologram sticker, make sure to wear it on the table near the ball so that it does not come off when you are bouncing the ball around or while you are shooting it. You should also try to get a warranty on the parts that are going to be in constant contact with oil and water. Last but not least, make sure that your chosen decorations are safe around water and other chemicals as well. You may not want to put an image of a clown or a zombie on your table!

Construction Ideas

Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of how to construct an air hockey table! There are a few things you can do to make it more realistic and add a little more fun but without risking either your money or your sanity. First of all, use real wood for the table and the paddles. This is the most authentic look you can get but then again, it means an extra spending of about $400 if you are going the wooden route. You can also use real leather for the ball gloves and the shoes as well. This is the most authentic look you can get too but then again, it means that your air hockey table will cost you an extra $500! There are also metal alternatives but using real wood is the best solution in my opinion. If you decide to go this route, be sure to use a guitar string instead of a spring to tension the netting. This will make a huge difference in the overall feel of your air hockey game. What else you can do is drill some small holes in the surface of the table for air to flow through. You can also add metal braces underneath the table to give it more stability. This is especially beneficial if you are using a wood table. You can also reinforce the table legs with metal bands if you want extra stability while sitting at the table. You can find a ton of possible construction ideas on the internet but as long as you keep in mind the above factors, you will be able to design an air hockey table that matches your personality and style.

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