How to make your own foosball table

Foosball table

Foosball has developed fast into a sport as famous and popular as football, its outdoor variant if we may call so! This is a very lovely game to let yourselves unwind and have group fun at home. This project will help you to build your very own Foosball table at home.

Difficulty level

This is a project that is ‘moderate’ in its difficulty. It will require a skillset that is not very easily available. We suggest that this be made into a group project rather than going into it alone.

Time required

This project will require at least 10 solid hours to complete if you are working alone. It may take much more than that or even lesser than that. It varies from person to person.

Resources required

  1. 8 rods of 16mm diameter. In these too, we need 2 rods with 2 holes, 2 rods with 5 holes and 4 rods with 3 holes.
  2. 11 players in two separate colors of wood. These should fit the rods with screws.
  3. 16 synthetic bushings which have a 25 mm profile diameter.
  4. 16 inner rosettes to install the bushings.
  5. 8 wood or synthetic grips which fir the 16mm rods.
  6. 16 small springs or rubber buffers.
  7. 32 small round discs (plastic ones for rubber buffers, metal ones for springs).
  8. 4 metal adjusting rings (to construct the goalkeeper rods).
  9. 2 score markers.
  10. 8 safety caps.
  11. Ball.
  12. Portable circular saw or a table circular saw.
  13. Electric drill.
  14. Jigsaw.
  15. Orbital sander or an eccentric sander.
  16. Rubber hammer/pinch roller.
  17. Calmp hook.
  18. Spanner and screw driver.
  19. MDF (medium density fiber board) sheets.
  20. HPL (high pressure laminate) sheet.
  21. Beechwood.
  22. Plywood birch.

Estimated cost

The cost estimates will vary greatly based on the quality of materials used. Also, many expensive tools are used here. Well, to make an estimate we would say that it would cost between $350-$375.

Instructions

  1. The first step is planning and drawing. Chalk out on paper the dimensions of your foosball table with all the necessary measurements.
  2. Now that you have all the necessary measurements, draw them out on the wood so that the dimensions you need to cut are seen.
  3. Next thing is to cut the sides, legs and the body of the table that we measured out in the first step. Refer to the pictures that are presented after the ‘Instructions’ section.
  4. Assemble the table part for our foosball table.
  5. Make holes on the side to hold the ramps that are used for the ball.
  6. Build the surface on top of the table (refer to the pictures after this section).
  7. Mill and drill the sides. For this, first make a mould with the correct measurements.The bearings’ bore in the mould should have the diameter of the cutter case.
  8. Secure the mould to the sides by clamp hooks and then use a 16mm router to make openings for the ball feed and ball slide.
  9. Apply adhesive on the MDF board and once it is slightly dry, place the HPL, gently and firmly on it. Use eccentric sander and abrasive paper to roughen up the surface before varnishing it.
  10. No, glue the penalty area and the various other things on the playing area. Then cut out the necessary marking lines. (see diagram).
  11. Make narrow grooves along the lines of the playfield that have already been drawn in the previous step. Make wedges that fit exactly in these grooves and glue them into place.
  12. Assemble the legs of the foosball table and then paint them.
  13. Only after the legs are in place, assemble the cabinet for the foosball table.
  14. Build the playing field completely only after you have cut out all the necessary components and parts. This step requires the most patience and time but it is the most important part. The design is exactly like that of a soccer field (refer to the diagrams).

Frequently asked questions

1) What are the dimensions and measurements necessary for the foosball table?

Ans: That is the most vital question that needs to be answered in this project. Your foosball table length should measure 55.5 inches. It should be 30 inches wide. However, note that this is not the playing field area. The table should be at a height of 36 inches above the ground. The playing field should be 48 inches long and 27 inches wide. It should also have a depth of 4.25 inches. This naturally implies that the side walls are 1.5 inches thick each. Again, by calculation, you can arrive at the thickness of the back walls to be 3.75 inches. Each goal should be 8.375 inches wide and 3 inches high. The depth of each goal is 3 inches which means that the posts must be positioned 3 inches away from the back wall. The playing rods are spaced 6 inches apart, starting from the center. They should be positioned 3.125 inches up from the playing field surface.

2) Could you provide a list of wood pieces that need to be cut out for the playing field?

Ans: You will require 69cm x 25.5 cm (4 pieces), 69cm x 12cm (2 pieces), 8.4cm x 25.5cm (4 pieces), 16.0 cm x 8.4 cm (2 pieces), 90.0 cm x 5.0 cm (2 pieces), 48.5 cm x 8.4 cm (2 pieces), 14.5 cm x 8.4 cm (2 pieces), 28.0 cm x 10.0 cm (2 pieces).

Quick tips

  • When making the ramps, remember that the foosball table is split into two. The top part is used for the playing field while the bottom part is for the ramps.
  • The dimensions provided here are of a Tornado foosball table which, according to many, is a very good foosball table.
  • Use a pinch roller or rubber hammer to secure the HPL to the MDF.
  • You can customize your foosball table with many novelties and colors!

Things to watch out for

  • Work very carefully when gluing the HPL to the MDF because shifting may become impossible afterward.
  • Remove the masking film from the HPL only after all the markings and cuts have been done.