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Contemporary Concrete Benches and Custom Concrete Bike Rack

Doty & Sons Concrete products offers a large selection of concrete benches.  Contemporary style concrete benches have been popular of late.  Several years ago, Doty & Sons benches were specified on a plaza remodel project in Evanston, IL.  The building owner wanted to update the plaza area of their building.  The benches selected were square and rectangular style benches that are simple, but elegant in design.

Concrete benches
Rectangular and Square concrete benches shown in plaza.
Concrete benches
Wide angle photograph of plaza.

We have referred to this style as “Campus” style since developing the line in the 1990’s. It’s a simple, but modern design will fit in many landscape plans today.  Doty & Sons offers round, square and rectangular shapes in our Campus style designs. Campus style benches are offered in different widths and heights.  See the web site links below for sizes. 

Rectangular and Square concrete benches
Rectangular and square concrete benches.

On this project the architect selected both square and rectangle.  As you can see from the photographs, both fit nicely in the plaza area.  The architect grouped square benches together and placed rectangular benches at perimeter locations to accent the layout. 

Square concrete benches
Square concrete benches in plaza.
Closeup view of concrete bench.
Square bench shown closeup. The seat surface is polished smooth.

Custom colors and finishes.  The architect selected several special colors for the benches on this project.  The square benches B5636 benches were cast in C2 (off white) color and Kahlua (red brown) color.   The rectangular benches were cast in C2 off white color.  The benches were lightly sandblasted on the sides.  The tops are polished to a smooth comfortable finish.

Rectangular concrete bench
Rectangular concrete bench. Shown in C2 light sandblast sides with polished seat.

Doty & Sons offers a large selection of integral colored concrete options.  See the link below for color options.

As part of the project the architect contacted Doty & Sons about a custom bike rack for the project.  The architect wanted a concrete bike rack that blended with the benches.  He could not find anything on the internet that fit this design.  Doty & Sons manufactured a custom bike rack to blend in with the other furnishings on the project.  The custom bike block is 72” X 24” X 24” and has slots for six bikes.  On this project the blocks were placed end to end to accommodate 12 bikes.  

Custom concrete bike rack
Custom concrete bike rack.
Custom concrete bike rack/stand
Concrete bike rack.

Doty & Sons would be happy to provide information for your project.  Whether it’s something from our current selection of benches or custom we would like to help.  Call 800-233-3907 one of our sales associates will be glad to assist. 

Link to Square campus style benches:

Link to Round campus style benches:

Link to Rectangular campus style benches:

By |February 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Outdoor Concrete and Steel Table Tennis/ Ping pong Table

Doty & Sons manufactures four styles of outdoor concrete table tennis/ping pong tables. One popular style is Item number T1086035 concrete and steel table tennis/ping pong table.  Customers demand quality, durability and low maintenance. This table meets that demand.

This table features our standard tabletop with a heavy duty steel I-beam frame.   The standard color for the steel frame is powder coated black.  Last year we received a call from a municipality requesting a special color frame.  They were looking to accent the frame in a blue color.  They also requested having the stainless steel net powder coated white.  Doty & Sons ships outdoor concrete and steel table tennis/ping pong tables to all points in the United States.  Our Midwest location allows us to ship products at very reasonable rates.   This customer was local, so we were able to delivery and install the table on site.  Included are photographs we took during the assembly process and of the finished table. 

Shows the main support frame for ping pong table T1086035
I-Beam Frame shown assembled
Ping pong table assembly
Assembling the tabletop number 1 to frame.
Stainless steel net secured to tabletop
Assembling the stainless steel net to the tabletop.
Assembling the second tabletop.
Assembling the second tabletop.

As evident from the photograph the steel I-beam frame is heavy duty and is made to last a lifetime.  See link below showing a video we made driving a Jeep over a table.  The frame is double powder coated by a local company.  They start by sandblasting the frame.  The frame is powder coated with a special zinc primer.  The frame is then finish coated black, or in this case in a special blue color. 

The stainless steel net that is standard on all styles is 1/4” Thick and 10” high. As shown in this photograph the net is attached to tabletop with stainless steel bolts.

The second tabletop is installed “sandwiching” the net between the tops.  We feel that this is the strongest method to secure the net.  This is the strongest net made by any manufacturer of outdoor table tennis/ping pong tables.  Stainless steel gussets are added for additional strength and durability.   

Net signage
Stainless steel net with Aluminum net sign adds color and allows for detailed logos.
Stainless steel support gusset
Stainless steel support Gussets add support to the ping pong table net.

            The concrete tops of all Doty & Sons outdoor concrete ping pong tables are reinforced with both steel and fiber reinforcing.  The tabletops polished and then sealed to a beautiful satin finish.  We use commercial grade concrete sealers.  The first coat is a non-gloss sealer.  The second coat is commercial grade anti-graffiti sealer.  See video link below. 

Custom outdoor concrete and steel ping pong table
Table tennis/ping pong table T1086035 shown assembled.
Table tennis played outdoors.
Playing table tennis or ping pong is fun! Play outdoors!
Playing ping pong is fun!
Table tennis whether it’s in a public space or at corporate setting helps people unwind and enjoy themselves.

Doty & Sons has tested the tabletop for bounce.  Our tests indicate that the table meets the ITTF standards for bounce. 

You Tube video link:

Call or email if you would like more information about this product or any of the other outdoor game product manufactured by Doty & Sons.  Visit our outdoor games website:

Other outdoor games:  Concrete cornhole boards, Ladder Toss (ladder golf), concrete foosball tables, concrete chess, checkers, backgammon and dominoes tables. 

Driving a Jeep Cherokee over a ping pong table video:

Graffiti Removal from ping pong table top:

By |January 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Custom outdoor classroom teaching circle

Doty & Sons manufactures a standard line of concrete products, but also manufactures custom products for clients.  Our custom division manufactures custom products that ship nationwide.  Past projects have included custom benches, bike racks, security bollards and planters.    This year Doty & Son’s quoted a project for a school in Chicago. This project included an outdoor classroom teaching circle.   This bench would allow outdoor learning and teachers the opportunity to enhance the learning experience outside the classroom. 

Outdoor classroom teaching circle.

The bench is 21 foot outside diameter and 12.33 foot inside diameter.  The bench is designed with an additional bench on top.  The top bench is 18 foot outside diameter and 15.5 foot inside diameter. 

Photograph showing custom bench.
Teaching circle at school in Chicago

Doty & Sons submitted drawings and samples for owner and architect review and approval.

The bench was cast in 13 bottom sections and 13 top bench sections.  Challenges included manufacturing the bottom sections with slope in two directions.  This included a flat center area (not sloped) for the top bench section to rest.  The bench was designed for ADA access.  This created additional challenges since the design would have extremely sharp angles on the end sections.  

Close up view of bench. Bench is 21 foot outside diameter and 12.33 foot inside diameter.

Polystyrene foam was used to help reduce weight in bottom sections.   The seat surface was polished and sides lightly sandblasted.  The seams were caulked on site after installation.

By |December 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Concrete Foosball Table

Concrete Foosball Table with stainless steel rods.  Colored playing field.

Foosball table shown in Kahlua color.

Doty & Sons Concrete Products, Inc. has been manufacturing quality precast concrete products since 1948.  One of many product lines are outdoor games for permanent outdoor use.  This product line includes: Ping pong/table tennis, Cornhole (B.Y.O.Bags),  Ladder Toss and Game tables.  This year, we are introducing a concrete Foosball Table to our line of outdoor products.  We have studied similar products on the market today and have added features what we feel are important for a better product.    Owners, Sam and Tom Doty were also avid foosball players (before children) and know how the game is played.  You will like this table!

Features include:

  1. Reinforced concrete table and legs with light sandblast finish.  Available in standard gray color.  Special colors also available.
  2. UHPC ultra high performance concrete field. Pigmented color green or charcoal
  3. Stainless steel rods, 316 stainless
  4. Table and field sealed with graffiti resistant sealer.  
  5. Stenciled playing field lines (goal box, penalty box and center line)
  6. Heavy duty I-Beam support construction. I-beam is powder coated twice for added protection.
  7. Center hole ball drop
  8. Optional stainless steel scorekeepers
  9. Easy access ball drop areas at ends
  10. Stainless steel table levelers
  11. Foosball men secured with stainless steel security screws
  12. Stainless steel anchor kits for permanently securing table
  13. Sloped corner goal area for 1 man goal table.   Optional flat field goalie area for 3 man goal table. 

Stainless steel rods standard. Corrosion resistant 316 stainless

UHPC concrete floor. Sealed with graffiti sealer matte finish.
Stenciled center liner for a professional look.

Stenciled goal box and penalty area standard.  Sloped corners for 1 man goalie.  Flat field/3 man goalie option available.

Powder coated I-Beam support frame.

Stainless steel scorekeeper optional

Center ball drop standard

Stainless steel levelers standard


By |August 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Concrete Ping Pong – Table Tennis with Curved Concrete Legs

Doty & Sons has introduced a new style ping pong table with stylish curved concrete legs. This table, Item number T1086050, is the fourth style ping pong table now manufactured by Doty & Sons. This table includes many of the same features of the other ping pong tables.

Features include:

  1. Regulation size table top 108″ x 60″ x 30″ High
  2. Table top thickness 4″
  3. Heavy Duty Reinforced Concrete
  4. Polished playing surface.
  5. Table top sealed with 2 coats of concrete sealer.
  6. Top coated with anti-graffiti sealer.
  7. Chamfered edges
  8. Heavy duty 4″ I-Beam Support system. I-Beam is powder coated.
  9. Stainless steel net and gussets. Strongest net on the market today. See Jeep drives over ping pong tables:
  10. Stainless Steel security hardware.
  11. Custom logos and signage available.
  12. Optional accent panel available in stainless steel and IPE
Concrete ping pong table
Concrete table tennis Item T1086050 shown with special graphite table top and white legs. Stainless steel net is standard.
Concrete ping pong table with stainless steel net
Table Tennis/Ping Pong Table Item T1086050 Shown with special graphite color table top and white legs. Shown with optional stainless steel side panel.
Concrete Table Tennis
Concrete ping pong table. Item T1086050 with stylish curved legs. Shown with special graphite color table top and white legs. Optional IPE wood accent panel shown. Stainless steel net standard.

Doty & Sons makes a complete line of outdoor game products. Other outdoor game products include: concrete cornhole boards B.Y.O.Bags, Ladder Toss, Game Tablesand coming soon a Foosball Table.

Doty & Sons has been manufacturing quality concrete products since 1948. Call today if you would like information and pricing for any of our outdoor game products. We also manufacture a complete line of concrete site furnishings. Other products include: litter and recycling containers, benches, tables and table sets, planters and security bollards.

By |April 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Permanent Ladder Toss Game

Made to Stay! Made to Play!

Ladder Toss with concrete supports
Permanent Ladder Toss

First Permanent Ladder Toss Game

Research indicates that time spent outdoors can improve a person’s health and happiness. Parks, playgrounds, campgrounds, and beach recreation areas are designed to keep people physically and socially active. The benefits of participating in fun, outdoor games extend beyond improved personal well-being. They have a positive impact on the community, too.

Great for Parks or any recreation area.

Cities, park districts, apartment complexes, and universities across the country know that well-utilized recreation space boosts social ties and reduces crime. Until now, the challenge was to find affordable, low-maintenance outdoor games that appeal to a wide range of ages and require minimal upkeep.

Doty & Sons is offering a solution by introducing B.Y.O. Ladder Toss game to its line of permanent, outdoor recreation products. Ladder toss is played by throwing bolas, two balls connected by a rope, from 15 feet away onto a freestanding, three-rung ladder. Point values are assigned to each rung and the first player or team to reach 21 points without going over is the winner.

What makes the B.Y.O Ladder Toss game unique is the concrete stand. Because concrete has a long service life, it conserves resources by reducing the need for reconstruction, and resists weathering, erosion, and natural disasters. Few repairs and little maintenance will ever be needed.

Available in two styles

B.Y.O. Ladder toss is available in two styles, detailed as follows:

Item LT4232 has concrete ends with steel rungs.  Concrete is reinforced and available in standard and special pigmented colors.

Permanent with Concrete Stand
Ladder Toss Game for outdoor fun.

The rungs are made of solid, 1” steel bars that are powder coated twice for extra protection against the elements. The bars are secured to the stands with stainless steel security bolts and additional colors are available upon request.

All Steel Ladder Toss with an industrial look.

Item LTS4232 is all steel.  The All steel model is heavy duty I beam construction.

Ladder Toss all steel
Permanent All Steel Ladder Toss

The steel is powder coated twice for extra protection against the elements.   Standard color is black. 

Rungs are available in many colors by special order.  Standard color is silver gun metal. 

Ladder Toss will make a great addition to any park, apartment complex, campground, resort or beach recreation area. 

Ladder Toss can be purchased as follows:

  1. Stands with rungs.  For customers who have existing concrete pads. 
  2. Ladder Stand with Base   The precast base and stand can be installed same day without need to mix concrete. 
  3. Ladder Stand with Base & Throwers Blocks.  Precast throwers block makes a nice set and prevents wear spots in the lawn.
Permanent outdoor Ladder Toss
Ladder Toss Stands shown near a park shelter.

For more information about Doty & Sons and their extensive product line, go to

By |January 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Security planters for schools

Concrete planters and bollards are great for adding security to any building,  including schools.  Whether by accident or intentional it is possible for vehicles to crash into schools.  Concrete security planters and bollards are great for adding security and be decorative at the same time.

Doty & Sons manufactures a complete line of decorative and security planters. We also manufacture a complete line of  security bollards, both permanent or movable, set on top of existing concrete.

Last year Doty & Sons was contacted by officials from Adlai Stevenson High School District 125, located in Lincolnshire, IL.   They inquired about purchasing planters and bollards for the school. They were concerned about vehicle security at the school. Several areas on the school campus were not secure, vehicles could possibly run into the building.  School officials wanted something nice looking, but also large and heavy enough to stop a car from running into the building.  After looking through our catalog and web site they decided on purchasing concrete bollards and planters for the campus.   The security planter size they selected was 72” X 24”x 30” high, Item P722430.  As per their request, Doty & Sons made special custom caps for the planters.  The caps added height and a decorative element to the planters.

Bollards selected were 16” square x 36” high, Item number B161636. Other items purchased were concrete litter and recycling receptacles LR2142 and sign post blocks.

Doty & Sons manufactures a complete line of litter and recycling containers, tables and table sets, benches and outdoor game products. Call toll free 800-233-3907 to talk to one of our knowledgeable sales staff. We will be glad to help answer any question you may have. Photographs show the building after installation. The bollards purchased were installed at other entrances on campus.


Concrete planters

Rectangular planters with custom caps.

Concrete litter receptacles and planters

Concrete Litter and recycling containers with rectangular planter with cap.

Security Planters

Security planters at Adlai Stevenson High School

By |April 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Concrete ping pong/tennis table. Outdoor fun!

Playing ping pong is fun indoors, but now can be played outdoors!  Whether at a park, apartment recreation area, water park or any outdoor location, playing ping pong is fun!  Grab your paddle and ball, go and play.

Doty & Sons has introduced a new style ping pong/table tennis to it’s line of outdoor game products.  Ping pong table, Item T1086045 features as stylish leg design and heavy duty I beam supports. Doty & Sons manufactures ping pong tables that include the following features:

1. Regulation size table top
2. Heavy Duty reinforced concrete 
3. Polished playing surface
4.  4″ Thick top, bolted to the base, that is 33% thicker than most on the market. 
5.  A  1/4″ thick stainless steel net, sandwiched between the top tops.  Gusseted end supports.  No maintenance.  Strong!
6. Stainless steel net will not require maintenance in the future.  
7. Sealed with 2 coats of concrete sealer. 
8. Table top sealed with one of the best anti-graffiti sealers on the market.  
9. Lifting tools provided to make assembly easier.
10. Contrast sandblast name and/or logos available.  Dedication plaques available. 
11.  Available in standard and special colors.
Our mission is to make superior products at reasonable prices,  without sacrificing quality. 
This table is a new addition to Doty & Sons Concrete Products line of outdoor games.
We now offer three styles of ping pong tables.
Other game products include:  our popular concrete cornhole boards, B.Y.O.Bags.  Outdoor game tables include: checkers, chess, and backgammon.
We will be introducing a dominos table and foosball table soon!  Call for more information.

Polish table top with stainless steel net standard

Heavy duty stainless net.
The strongest on the market today. Regulation height (6″)  additional 4″ sandwiched between the table tops. Heavy duty gussets add strength.

Table available in different colors.  
Table shown with graphite color legs and french gray color table top.

Outdoor game products

Heavy Duty ping pong/tennis table with heavy duty I-beam supports.

Ping pong table with stainless steel net

Add a wood accent to each side for a classic look. Shown with IPE lumber accent panel. French Gray color table top with SB11 (granite aggregate, sandblasted finish)  legs shown.

By |February 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Security Planters on Broadway Street in Times Square

Decorative Planters and Security Barriers

Concrete planters are great for adding color and beauty to any setting. They are also great for adding security, as security barriers.  In August of this year Doty & Sons shipped concrete planters to Nelson Construction to be installed on Broadway St. in New York City. The planters they chose were 36” Dia. X 30” High and 26” Dia. X 30″ High.  Nelson Construction won a contract to deliver and install the planters in front of Winter Garden and Broadway Theatres. The planters will add a decorative look to the area, but the main purpose was to prevent vehicles from entering the area.

Earlier this year a driver knowingly drove his vehicle into pedestrians in this area.

The planters were installed to help prevent this from happening in the future.

Doty & Sons manufactures over 100 different sizes of concrete security planters. We offer different styles and shapes. Decorative/security planters are available in both standard and special colors. The planters delivered on this project were a standard exposed aggregate finish, EX2 limestone.

Security for both buildings and pedestrians, is very important. Doty & Sons also offers security bollards and pedestrian security blocks/shapes. Concrete bollards can be installed for permanent mounting over steel pipes or pinned and epoxy mounted. Security blocks/shapes can be set in locations to prevent or slow down unwanted vehicles.

Visit our web site for available options or call. Our knowledgeable sale staff will help answer questions you may have.


Security Planters

Planters 36″ Dia. x 30″ High.

Security planters

Security planters. Taken at night.

Decorative planters

Security planters installed on Broadway St. in New York, NY.

By |December 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Buddy Benches installed at school for Eagle Scout project

Buddy Bench.

Doty & Sons manufactures concrete benches with recycled plastic lumber.  Item B4151 is 5 foot long, 2 concrete legs, recycled plastic lumber back and seat with stainless steel hardware.  The benches are great for recognizing individuals or groups, remembering loved ones (memorial benches) or class gifts. Recently a Boy Scout, Colin Good,  came to us about his Eagle project.  We worked with him so he could purchase three Buddy Benches for a local school. Colin organized the project which include installing concrete block and the benches.  An article about the project recently ran in the local newspaper.

This article appeared in The DeKalb Daily Chronicle is copied here.

Collin Good, a Boy Scout from Troop 2810 chartered out of Sycamore Lutheran Church, recently completed his Eagle project. He installed three Buddy Benches at his former school, Southeast Elementary in Sycamore.

The idea of the Buddy Benches began in Pennsylvania in 2013 when a first-grader thought it would be a great concept and sold his school and community on it. Since then, many other schools across the U.S. have adopted the idea. The benches create a kinder playground culture by having a place for kids to sit if they don’t know what to do on the playground, are new to the school, or are just afraid to ask to join a game or group of kids. When other students see a child sitting on the bench, they should invite the child to join their group or sit down and get to know the child. It combats bullying and playground loneliness, and promotes awareness of the needs of others.

Good began his project by presenting the idea to Southeast Principal Mark Ekstrom, who was excited about the concept and asked for three benches, one for each playground. At Ekstrom’s request, Good helped co-chair the school’s fall pie fundraiser, which is used each year for playground improvement. His responsibilities included creating a flier about the benches to hand out with the pie order forms, counting pie orders, unloading the delivery truck and sorting customer orders, delivering pies and thanking each customer personally for helping support his project.

The next phase of the project took place in the spring. Good and Ekstrom finalized their choices and ordered the benches from Doty and Sons. The Doty family has strong ties with Southeast School and provided a generous discount on the benches. The three back slats on each bench are engraved with the words “Southeast School,” “Buddy Bench,” and “Do a Good Turn Daily,” which both explains the purpose of the benches and is the motto of scouting. A few weeks later, Good organized volunteers to prepare the ground for each bench to be installed. This involved digging, adding sand and leveling and placing the concrete pavers for the benches to sit on. The benches were then assembled and bolted down.

The final piece of the project was to provide the students with education about the benches. Good and several other scouts shared a PowerPoint presentation and acted out several skits to demonstrate how to use the benches.

Concrete bench are durable and maintenance free.

Bench shown before installing.

Benches for schools

Buddy Bench shown on site at Southeast School
Sycamore, IL

By |September 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|