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LF the largest MDF board for DIY Ping Pong Table Top

I wonder if there is any MDF board in the market that are larger than 4' x 8'. I am using it for the DIY Ping Pong table top. The official size for ping pong table is 5' x 9'. So, I will need two pieces of board with 5' x 4.5' (Note: Min thickness should be 5/8" or 15mm). I have checked both Lowes and Home Depot, they carry 4' x 8' only.

Thanks for any recommendations.
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I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure most ping pong tables are not made out of MDF, feel free to state otherwise.

Anyways, I would probably just go with ply, you could get 2 pieces of 5x5 ply and call it a day.
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My ping pong table is just chipboard with a smooth top surface. 5x5 ply is the answer. I don’t think MDF is stable across a size that big without a lot of support, plus its heavy.
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You can get 5'x10' x 3/4" mdf. It will be pretty heavy, and you'd probably be best doing the table in 2 sections like most tables are.
Check lumber yards not box stores
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Thanks. I definitely will go with two pieces option for easy transportation and moving. I just didn't know they have 5 x 5 ply wood. By the way, for those who are using the plywood, how does the ping pong ball bounce on it ? I have been using the 5/8" MDF board, and it bounces like it is on a regular ping pong table.

Does anyone know how much roughly per 5x5 plywood is ? I still need to figure out how to transport the 5 x 5 board. I had to cut the 4 x 8 by half and shortened one inch on one side (48" x 47") in order to fit into my car...... I might need to rent the Home Depot van.......
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rdx wrote: I just browsed through all MDF/Plywood items on the Home Depot and Lowes sites, but don't seem to find any 5' x 5' , everything is 4' x 8 ' .....

https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/catego ... ood&page=4

https://www.lowes.ca/dept/plywood-lumbe ... ore%3Adesc
As someone else said, check lumber yards, not box stores. And you may actually have to talk to someone, if it's not something they carry in stock. You don't give a location, so it's hard for someone to give you an actual name to check with, though. Around here (Edmonton), I'd check with Windsor Plywood or TimberTown. Windsor Plywood, for example, carries 4x10 sheets:
https://www.windsorplywood.com/product/ ... f-premium/

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CNeufeld wrote: As someone else said, check lumber yards, not box stores. And you may actually have to talk to someone, if it's not something they carry in stock. You don't give a location, so it's hard for someone to give you an actual name to check with, though. Around here (Edmonton), I'd check with Windsor Plywood or TimberTown. Windsor Plywood, for example, carries 4x10 sheets:
https://www.windsorplywood.com/product/ ... f-premium/

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MDF is not only heavy but will sag under it's own weight without significant structure underneath to support it. A couple of trestles won't do. I'd suggest you look at plywood.
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dirtmover wrote: MDF is not only heavy but will sag under it's own weight without significant structure underneath to support it. A couple of trestles won't do. I'd suggest you look at plywood.
Pretty sure plywood will also sag over a 9' span if you don't support it. In either case, a simple pair of rails (2x4's, oriented vertically) running the long way should keep things from sagging.

To the OP, melamine might be another option.

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5x5 plywood is usually available for the Baltic birch plywood and you can get it at almost every lumber yard.

I personally would just buy the 4x8 sheets and edge band 3” on each side to get that 4.5’. It is easier to get and you have the hardwood edging to protect the edges.
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