We’re not talking about the other kinds of Air hockey tables made of slick surfaces with no air holes. For this DIY version, we’re going to have real holes to help reduce the friction and increase the speed of pucks and there comes that old shop vac to the rescue. The air is going to be provided by the shop vac through a PVC pipe connection on the side of the hockey table. It is also not going to be of the standard size but a smaller one.
First, here’s our DIY air hockey table:
Let’s go through a summary of the processes for making this at home. For the actual game surface, we’re going to use a sheet of Melamine:
Putting the boards together for the side of the table, two of them for the goal posts and the other two remaining sides:
Ben cut several pieces of pine for the air flow in the underside of the table:
Now several holes are uniformly punched holes all around the melamine surface to allow for the air from the shop vac which is to reduce friction and push up the speed of the pucks. Ben achieved his with his CNC equipment but says the same end result can be achieved with a drill:
The holes are 1/8″ size and spaced 4″ from one another on each line breadthwise.
The paddles are made from a circular cut of wood with PVC caps glue to their centers:
Making the wood pucks (alternatively you could use the ordinary acrylic pucks but as Ben explains the would cause a gradual dents on both the paddles and the inner sides of the table;
It’s time to play and of course the more the merrier…or?
I love this project and I’m sure you do too. No one does it like Ben I must confess; very professionally and neatly done. I bet you couldn’t tell the difference from the kinds we purchase at the shops.
So what’s your verdict, to purchase or perhaps you also like to make stuff!