Steel Beams Salvaged from 110-Year-Old Railroad Transformed into Sturdy Ping Pong Table

The classic ping pong table has gotten a serious upgrade from the typical plastic nets and particle board court. This elegant version, hand crafted by Rail Yard Studios, is made from reclaimed rails and lumber that once supported real trains. Its Nashville-based creators salvaged their materials from the Tennessee Coal and Iron Company.

Called the Click-Clack Table Tennis Table, it's constructed using beautiful woods and industrial elements. The legs are made from oak and hickory timber, and they're in great condition–the pieces were originally destined as cross ties but were saved before being coated with creosote (tar), and they still have a visible wood grain. Resting on top of the legs are steel beams produced in 1904, in addition to a sturdy play surface. A perforated rail cleverly resembles the “net,” and it meets regulation height and width for the International Table Tennis Foundation.

This custom piece of furniture is a truly unique way to reimagine a ping pong table, so it's no surprise that such ingenuity comes with a price. The cost is nearly $14,000 and includes four paddles, a box of balls, as well as delivery and installation in Continental US.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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