Mini Beer Pong w/plans

Mini Beer Pong with plans

Are you looking for that one thing that can make a party go from good to great. This maybe what your looking for. Not only is it a conversational piece, its a game that can be played with up to four people at a time. A way to get away from reality and just plan fun. Easy to build, DIY project could be made from scrap wood you have already. If you don’t already have to materials it won’t cost that much as low as $10-$20.

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Plans

Rip a board to width according to the the plans. The plans also include a drill template similar to this one. The plan’s template has all 13 hole needs for each side.
Set your depth stop to the depth on the bottom lip of your cup used. The cups used in the plans are here. The board should look something like the picture on the right. If used the template from the plans you should have three additional hole on each side at a different depth.
This simple jig is made easy out of some scraps. Its a good idea to make this jig to cut the dado in the dowel rod safely. I used a band saw to cut the dowel. with this jig it could easily be cut on the table saw or by hand.
 Within the dado of the dowel there is a hole for the spring that is required. You can hold the dowel with a pen blank holder or a clamp.
The launcher arm should be hard wood. I used a scrap piece of walnut. Rounded over one corner with the home made disc sander.

This is another simple jig to drill a 1/8″ hole for a 1 1/4″ finish nail to be use as a hinge pin. A 3/4″ scrap piece with a whole drill out the same size of the dowel. Push the dowel in 1″. The bottom of the dado should be flush with the bottom of the hole. Insert the launcher rod. Push it against the opposite side of the hole that’s in the dado. Push all the way down against the dowel. Drill a 1/8″ hole through the scrap wood, dowel and launcher rod.
If you choose to frame your board. Cut the wood according to the plans. I used 1/2″ wide pine.  Glue and pin nail to hole the frame on.
You are going to want to protect your game. Use something that will be easily clean up. After all beer or liquid will be spilled on it. I used oil then wax.
The launcher should be ready to put together. The spring gets epoxied to the launch rod. Then the rod get inserted into the hole inside the dadoed dowel rod. Then the finish nail gets inserted to hold everything in place. Epoxy a hardwood cap to the top of the dowel as a rod stopper. Then epoxy a 20oz bottle cap for a ball cup at the end of the rod launcher.
The string used in the video is wrong you will need this one. Drill a hole through the ball. insert the string and tie a knot. Find dead center on the board then drill another hole. feed the other side of the string through and tie a knot. I plugged that hole on the bottom on the board with a dowel. Not required if you use rubber feet on the bottom on the board.
Gameplay
Beer Pong is generally played by teams of two in which each team takes turn flipping a mini pong ball into the other team’s cups. Once a ball lands in a cup, the cup is taken away and the opponent then drinks the contents of the cup. The team that successfully hits all of the opponent’s cups wins the game. Since there are a vast amount of variation on the game, house rules are always master rules. Winner of the game typically stays on the table and awaits next challenger.

Enjoy and drink reasonably!!!

Plans