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Old 05-02-2018, 02:52 PM   #1
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Poker table build thread

Well, after playing on some small fold out tables for a couple of weeks I decided to go ahead and build a table. Total said and done was $650. I ordered everything from

Materials used
- 1/4" closed cell foam on the playing surface (will find out this weekend how I like that)
- 1" open cell 75lb foam on the rail
- black whisper vinyl for the rail
- black classic texas hold'em design gaming suede
- 800lb 29" fold out legs
- 60 second epoxy for the bolts in the rail
- 4' x 8' 3/4 birch plywood
- 1-1/4 deck screws
- $20 electric stapler from harbor freight with 5/16" staples (MUST HAVE)
- wood glue

Here is a link to the video I used as my template for the build. The only real differences are that my table is exactly 4'x8' so my measurements were different than his, and my rail width is 6" instead of 5". The width of my table cut it close on the material for the rails but we made it work and it turned out good.

Things I did that I would have done differently.

-I ended up taking the rail to an upholstery shop after I tried my hand at putting it on. I wish I would have just taken it to him to begin with. Some of you guys may be better at vinyl work than me, but I am ocd and after trying it myself I was disappointed with how it looked.

- I used a grinder with a flap disc to do my edge sanding because I could not find my palm sander, a palm sander would have definitely been better and made smoother edges (the edges aren't seen, but it still bothered my ocd)

- I wish I would have used bolts that stuck out the bottom of the table at least 1/2" where the rail bolts down. Mine stuck out 1/4" because I didn't want any sticking through the wing nut, but after the padding and all, I BARELY had enough threads to grab.

All in all I am VERY happy with the way the looks of the table turned out. I would have loved to have done a 9' table but the expense for the extra foot was no where near justifiable. This table is EXTREMELY sturdy. It took me about 1-1.5 hrs to cut all of the wood out and get it ready for padding and felt. It took about 1-1.5 hours to get the playing surface padded and covered. I wasted 3 hours trying to do the rail and ended up taking it to an upholstery shop. It took me 20-30 min to put the legs and rail on after I got it back. I probably have as much or more time in material research than I do actually building the table. We will see how it all holds up! Now, on to the good part!

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Old 05-07-2018, 09:55 AM   #2
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Re: Poker table build thread

Played the first game on it this weekend and boy was it nice! Super happy with the table all the way around! Now to see if it stands up to the test of time.

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Old 05-16-2018, 03:08 AM   #3
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yeah I did this a couple years ago with a budget of like 275$ and it turned out amazingly well, i even got top of the line cloth and vinyl. had my friend and really my brother helped finish it. was a bit easier than I thought overall, def some tricky spots. I woudl reccomend it to people who have some light woodshop skills or a buddy who is opkay with those skills.

I think you can make tables super cheap depending on woood, I bought 2 sides that were like 60$ 120 total i think, I wonder whats the cheapest I can go on a table. I honestly think, due to the water resisitant and cloth, the wood shouldnt matter at all as lon as its easy to work with
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Old 05-22-2018, 05:26 PM   #4
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Just the materials ran me $500 for this table. I am sure I could have bought a couple different things from different places to get better pricing, but it wasn't worth paying shipping from 3-4 different places. We have played on it 3-4 times now and it is so much nicer than any table I have had previously. Definitely do not regret building it
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