How to Build Your Own Foosball Table In 14 Easy Steps

If you know anything about Foosball, you know how important the right Foosball table is.

It can either improve your game, or frustrate you to no end.

So, yes, your Foosball table is important. But you’ve probably already looked at the price of a proper Foosball table, and decided that you could build your own.

You’re right, it isn’t that hard. All you need is a few wood-working skills, the right equipment, and an instruction guide.

Then you’ll be good to go. We can’t help you with the skills and equipment, but we can guide you through the process.

Before we begin, it is advisable not to try and do this on your own.

It can be challenging, so try and make it a fun group activity instead of going it alone.

It might also give you a chance to find the ideal Foosball partner!

What You Need:

  • 8x 16mm diameter rods.
  • 11x players in 2 separate colours of wood
  • 16x synthetic bushings, with a 25mm profile diameter
  • 16x inner rosettes which will be used to connect the bushings
  • 8x wood/synthetic grips for the 16mm rods
  • 16x rubber buffers or small springs
  • 32x round discs (metal for springs and plastic for rubber buffers)
  • 4x metal rings to be used for the rods for the goalkeeper
  • 2x score markers
  • 8x safety caps
  • Ball
  • Circular saw (portable or table saw)
  • Jigsaw
  • Electric drill
  • Rubber hammer or pinch roller
  • Orbital or Eccentric sander
  • Clamp hook
  • Screw driver and spanner
  • Beechwood
  • Plywood birch
  • Medium density fibre board (MDF) sheets
  • HPL sheet

Dimensions and Measurements:

Foosball table- 55.5 inches long, 30 inches wide, 36 inches high

The playing field- 48 inches long, 27 inches wide, it should have a depth of 4.25 inches (side walls should each be 1.5 inches thick, and the back walls should be 3.75 inches thick)

Goal- Each goal need to be 8.375 inches wide, and 3 inches high, the depth should be 3 inches so the posts must be positioned 3 inches away from the back wall

To Cut:

These are the pieces of wood that you will need to cut for your table.

  • 4 pieces of 69cm x 5.5cm
  • 2 pieces of 69cm x12 cm
  • 4 pieces of 8.4cm x 25.5cm
  • 2 pieces of 16 cm x 8.4cm
  • 2 pieces of 90 cm x 5 cm
  • 2 pieces of 48.5cm x 8.4cm
  • 2 pieces of 14.5 x 8.4cm
  • 2 pieces of 28 cm x10 cm

Playing rods- They should be spaced 6 inches apart, starting from the centre, the need to be placed 3.125 inches from the surface.

Also read: How to replace your foosball men

Instructions

This Foosball table will take some time and effort. If you’re doing it alone, it might take 1 or 2 days depending on your skill level.

But with a few friends it might take a few hours. It also will cost between $300 and $350, so don’t feel alarmed when you see the price.

Step 1

Spend an hour or two planning your Foosball table. Draw the dimensions and work out the measurements.

When you spend time doing this, the rest of this project will go as smoothly as possible so long as you keep to the plan you’ve drawn up.

Step 2

Transfer the drawings on paper to the wooden sheets so that you can see where you need to cut.

Step 3

Now you have to cut the legs, body and sides of the table that you measured in step 1.

Step 4

You can begin assembling the table part of the Foosball table.

Step 5

Remember to form holes on either side of the table to grip the ramps which will be used for the ball.

Step 6

Move to the top of the table where you can now construct the surface.  

Step 7

You can now drill and mill the sides. To get the best results, you should make a mould with the right measurements.

Step 8

Take the mould and fasten it to the sides by using the clamp hooks. Use a router (16mm) to create openings for the ball slide and ball feed.

Step 9

Apply glue on the medium density fiber board, then place the HPL once it is somewhat dry.

Do so gently and press on it firmly once it is down. 

Now use your abrasive paper and sander to coarsen the surface before proceeding to varnish it.

Step 10

You can no begin marking out the various parts of the playing area like the penalty area.

Step 11

Now that you have marked out the essential areas on the playing field, go ahead and make slim furrows along the lines.

Make sections that fit into the groove then put them in place with glue.

Step 12

Make the table legs, and paint them.

Step 13

Once the legs are inserted, you can put the cabinet together.

Step 14

You can only start building the playing area once you have all the parts.

You will need to be patient here, but it is the most vital part. The design is identical to a soccer field.

Quick Tips:

  • You can customize your table according to your own tastes!
  • You should use the hammer or pinch roller to secure the HPL to the MDF
  • We have used the dimensions for the Tornado Foosball table, which is one of the best tables on the market.
  • While you make the ramps, keep in mind that the table is split into 2, the top section is for the field while the bottom is for the ramps.

Conclusion:

Foosball is a popular game that is for young and old alike. Once you have built your table, you will have years of entertainment with friends and family.

So, gather your friends and get ready to build your table. It will be almost as fun as actually playing.

You might also want to check out this fun video by Mr. Useful on how to do it: