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For this month’s Power Tool Challenge Team project, our theme is repurposed. I am excited to share how I used vintage tennis rackets to make a tennis racket table.
I started collecting wooden tennis rackets years ago thinking that I’d use them at the lake as wall decor.
I still may execute that idea but loved repurposing these rackets into a table base.
The summer 2016 of Flea Market Style was the inspiration for this project. My table is built similarly to the one in the magazine but with a few differences.
How to Make a Vintage Tennis Racket Table
My husband and I had fun making this table and it is now being used in our lake house.
It’s always a conversation starter when guests see it in our home.
6 Wooden Tennis Rackets
Drill and Bits
Scrap Lumber (To Make a Jig and Braces)
1 1/4” Deck Screws
Step One Measure 12 1/2” from each racket handle base and mark a spot for a hole to be drilled with an awl and hammer.
Step Two Pair the six rackets. For each pair, drill a hole in one racket and countersink another hole in the other.
Step Three Screw pairs together using a deck screw. The rackets will scissor at this point making the height of the tabletop adjustable.
Step Four Decide on a desired table height; I chose 19 1/2”.
To set each racket pair to be 19 1/2” tall, build a jig by screwing or clamping two scrap pieces of lumber to a work area 19 1/2” apart in the center.
Place racket pairs into the jig and adjust so that the heads and handles of the pair will be 19 1/2” tall.
Step 5 Add another screw beside the first one.
Step 6 Group the three pairs of rackets to form the table base.
Use zip ties to hold the racket heads together.
Step 7 Mix epoxy and apply to each racket head junction.
Step 8 After the epoxy is dry, remove zip tie and epoxy a dowel scrap to each racket head junction for further support.
Step 9 Cut a wedge shaped scrap of wood and epoxy into place under the handle below the screw where it will be hidden from view.
Step 10 To make extra sure that the table would be secure, the racket handles were screwed together.
Step 11 Carefully place the glass top on top of the racket base and enjoy your new table.
Completed Tennis Racket Table
After completing our table, I set it up on our patio to see how it looked and I styled it with a few vintage things.
The arrows were my dad’s and I even have their original quiver.
Have you ever seen tennis balls that come in a glass instead of a can? Spalding must have done that as a promotion at some point in the past.
This was such a fun project and it was a great way to use tennis rackets that I saved.
One of the rackets used to make this table belonged to my friend’s late father which makes this table extra special.
Don’t miss the tennis racket basket that we made to coordinate with the table.
More Repurposed and Upcycled Project to Enjoy
Now it’s time to see what the other ladies created for this month’s upcycle challenge. I am really looking forward to reading these posts! Click the links below to visit each project.
1 Hanging Picket Pendant Light by Designed Decor
2 Garden Bench by Create and Babble
3 Bed Spindle Pedestal Bowl by H2OBungalow
4 Industrial Cart Coffee Table by Refresh Restyle
5 Mid Century Headboard Bench by My Repurpose Life
6 Framed Wall Spool Rack Upcycle by Kim Six
7 Vintage Tennis Racket Table by Virginia Sweet Pea
8 Recycled Wood Plant Stands by Designs Bt Studio C
9 Rustic Coffee Mug Holder by Interior Frugalista
10 Repurposed Cabinet Door String Art by Domestically Speaking