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Custom Steel Foosball Table

Been a while since I posted. Have a friend that wanted a custom foosball table. So, I designed a table with the look they wanted and with tournament style play. Been a while since I played, but it all came back after we got it set up. Fun, long project.









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super nice!!
Love the fabrication.
How long did it take you?
Did you have the players done on a CNC?

Great job!
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super nice!!
Love the fabrication.
How long did it take you?
Did you have the players done on a CNC?

Great job!
The players look like rocker arms to me.
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The players look like rocker arms to me.
You think an overhead cam type rocker arm? Not seeing a pad that would contact a cam...the webbing makes it look like they are cast.
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Looks perfect for my...or any fire station lol.

It would still get broke eventually!

Great work, looks beautiful.
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Thanks all! It plays like a Tornado T3000, men are a little heavy though, lol.

Rods, bearings, rubber bumpers and handles are Tornado OEM parts, all dimensions are identical to the T3000 as well.

Table weighs about 480 lbs. and it took about 6 months of weekends to build.

The men were cut out on a water jet, and tapped for the nut head counterbalance. Then they were tumbled in some media for a few hours.


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Looks absolutely amazing. What a piece of art.

I could see the men being a little heavy. I don't think it would be a bad idea to use tradition Tornado men. Gameplay will improve and you still have a fully custom piece.

Perhaps you can reuse the men as scorers?

Great job regardless.
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Killer.

Absolutely killer.

To Hell with Georgia...
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Looks absolutely amazing. What a piece of art.

I could see the men being a little heavy. I don't think it would be a bad idea to use tradition Tornado men. Gameplay will improve and you still have a fully custom piece.

Perhaps you can reuse the men as scorers?

Great job regardless.
Yes, agreed. Originally, I tried to keep them as close to Tornado player weights as possible by using thinner aluminum. The owners wanted a custom table and "custom" players". I believe the Tornado counterbalanced players are 63 grams.

The aluminum player, by itself is a few grams over the original player weight. Then I had to add the nut counterbalance weight. So yes, the players are almost double the weight of a standard player. More noticeable on the 5 man rod.

We tested it with a few guys that are regular players and they were shocked on how well it played for the player weights. For us novice players, it plays fast enough, lolol. I'm sure the pro level players would not like it. But, if the owners ever wanted to replace the aluminum players with Tornado players, they can. But a hassle to remove pins and re-install.
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Thanks!

I had other "theme" ideas other than the nut look. But overall, turned out pretty nice.

One of the owner's requests was to have no powder coat or paint. That left acid finish only. The steel had to be completely stripped of mill scale, sanded and muriatic acid cleaned. The steel was almost chrome looking before applying the special acid to patina the steel to a reddish brown, black, etc.

The entire finish was done with acid metal finishing. The last clear black lacquer was misted over the acid base patina to darken the table a little.
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