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Old 08-29-2021, 10:26 PM   #1
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Felt colors?

I bought someone’s old used poker table. Traditional oval shaped, 10-seater, with a racetrack. They have a weird puffy padded felt on it, the racetrack is an old 80s wood brown color, and the padded rail has seen better days.

I’m going to re-felt it, put on a new padded rail, and paint the racetrack black.

I can’t decide what color felt to go with, though. I was thinking a charcoal speed cloth would be nice with the black racetrack but I’m not set on it.

What color felt does everyone think would be nice for a project like this?
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Old 08-30-2021, 10:17 AM   #2
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Instead of recommending directly Iíll just give an example of what I went with - no racetrack but if you do black here is an option orange suited speed cloth.

Also found a not great picture of my first build with blue and light wood stain racetrack. Looks like I have to post it separate.

Sounds like a fun project! GL and share photos!
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Old 08-30-2021, 10:18 AM   #3
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Re: Felt colors?

Charcoal sounds nice, maybe also a red/maroon. Something to contrast the black, but not be too loud, like a yellow.

Good luck, post before & after pictures.
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Old 08-30-2021, 10:19 AM   #4
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Dang image quality really degraded..
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Old 08-30-2021, 10:21 AM   #5
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Old 08-30-2021, 10:33 AM   #6
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I stupidly forgot to take before pictures but I did manage to get a screenshot of the table from the ad the guy posted on OfferUp. But I’m not sure how to post pictures here.
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Old 08-30-2021, 11:29 AM   #7
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Re: Felt colors?

I prefer black/grey or something very dark.
I've played on red and green tables and they can make the cards hard to see. Both whether someone is holding cards and the suits of the cards on the board.
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Old 09-06-2021, 12:14 PM   #8
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Alright, I ended up going with a platinum speed cloth. So the rail will be standard black vinyl, the racetrack will be a glossy black, and the felt will be a grayish black platinum color.

Next question: given the color scheme, should the cup holders be silver/chrome to offset the black or should I go with a glossy black for them, too?
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Old 09-06-2021, 12:17 PM   #9
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Also, build update:

I have taken apart the old table completely and removed the felt and rail. Under the felt, they had used about a 1.5” thick pad instead of the standard 1/4”. Why they did this, I don’t know. But it took a lot of staple removing, nail removing, and sanding to get it all off. Under the rail was even worse. The padding was also moldy which, I assume, was from spilled drinks and such. It has taken me hours to get this far but I think we’re finally about ready to start painting and re-upholstering.
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Old 09-06-2021, 02:56 PM   #10
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Welp, scratch that bit about upholstery. They had cut the rail and the racetrack wrong. It was up to a half inch off in some places. So they decided to use a series of wood blocks to connect the rail to the table rather than just cutting it. This raised the rail up significantly to the point where cards were clearly likely to slide underneath and get lost.

We took out all of the blocks and are now remeasuring and recutting the racetrack and the rail. Basically, I’m building this table from scratch with the added work of having to take apart all the janky “fixes” they decided to use. Basically, this sucks.
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Old 09-06-2021, 03:15 PM   #11
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Re: Felt colors?

For the cupholders, I'd go with chrome for the contrast, then might consider matte black/silver/gray for a more muted contrast.

Caveat: I'm the worst ever at visualizing colors until they're actually on the wall.
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Old 09-11-2021, 12:26 AM   #12
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For the cupholders, I'd go with chrome for the contrast, then might consider matte black/silver/gray for a more muted contrast.

Caveat: I'm the worst ever at visualizing colors until they're actually on the wall.
Ended up going chrome/silvery. The size we needed didnít come in black.

We just did the speed cloth and itís nice and flat and smooth and tight. But I must have pulled tighter on one side than the other because thereís a slight wave in the pattern.

Is that pretty normal for those of you who have built your own with speed cloth? Will it eventually straighten itself out with time or should I just learn to manage my OCD better and deal with the slight wave in the pattern?
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Old 09-16-2021, 07:05 PM   #13
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What do you mean by a ďwaveĒ in the pattern?
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Old 09-16-2021, 11:55 PM   #14
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It has the typical speed cloth pattern and it’s straight except for a small wave at one point. I’m not really sure how else to describe it.
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It has the typical speed cloth pattern and itís straight except for a small wave at one point. Iím not really sure how else to describe it.

Haha ok - sorry wasnít sure if you meant like a bump/bubble in it our just and angle change. I didnít notice that in the two I did but itís certainly possible if subtle. A bump Iíd definitely redo. In the end itís all up to your preference. I can be super anal about my work so I get the dilemma Sounds like you need to play a few games and decide .

The best poker table is one that gets used!
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Old 09-17-2021, 12:23 PM   #16
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Haha ok - sorry wasnít sure if you meant like a bump/bubble in it our just and angle change. I didnít notice that in the two I did but itís certainly possible if subtle. A bump Iíd definitely redo. In the end itís all up to your preference. I can be super anal about my work so I get the dilemma Sounds like you need to play a few games and decide .

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Yes, like an angle change wave. Definitely no bumps or bubbles. That would drive my OCD nuts and Iíd redo the whole thing. Iím tempted to redo it because of the angle wave thing but part of me kind of wants to keep it as proof that it is definitely a homemade table. Iím trying to look at it from the perspective that it adds a little character.
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Old 09-29-2021, 09:56 AM   #17
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I wouldn't worry about it unless it causes pitched cards to fly, personally.
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