|Project by Falegname||posted 08-17-2010 05:27 AM||23802 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
A couple of months ago I was at a garage sale and found an old water damaged poker table for 25 bucks. As it turns out is was quite old which meant it was made of actual solid wood instead of particle board or MDF. I had always wanted a poker table so I decided I would buy it, take it apart and see if I could restore it to it’s former glory.
Once I got it home I found that in addition to being left to the elements the playing surface was a cheap vinyl and the wood was really well worn. So I decided that instead of trying to make it look new again, I would try and make it look old.
I started by removing the legs which were held on by a few rusty screws.
I then removed the bottom board, but found that it was so full of rusty staples that I figured I should build another one from scratch. That way I could also use another material instead of the leather-look plastic sheets.
Next I dismantled the main structure. I was actually surprised at how it was put together. It looked like an interesting design but the screws were off and nothing lined up so it made the construction look quite shoddy and cheap. So much potential for improvement here! :)
I then went on holiday and visited a Japanese art gallery where I saw some Urushi lacquered objects. I had always been fascinated by Urushi but had never seen it so up close.
The most amazing part of Urushi is how it looks black until the right light hits in and then it lets out a slight metallic red reflection. Anyway, this motivated me to make the Urushi Poker Table. I thought the dark black/red look would be perfect for a poker table. If old school mobsters where playing a high stakes game back in the days when Las Vegas was for adults I figure they would play on something like this. :)
I knew from previous experience that getting my hands on real Urushi in Canada would not be an easy task so I decided I would try to replicate it. After reassembling the table structure (with construction adhesive and proper nails) I came up with a 3 step process to make my own “Urushi effect”.
My “Urushi effect” Process
1) I heavily stained the wood (I used a bright red Oak stain.)
2) I then sprayed on a light coat of bright red paint. Not too much as to block the wood grain, but just enough to see the colour.
3) Finally I sprayed on a coat of black paint (slowly) until I covered 99% of the red spray but didn’t obscure the wood grain.
I also sprayed on a couple coats of transparent satin lacquer just to make it more long lasting.
SideNote: If anyone can help me get real Urushi I would VERY much appreciate it.
I then rebuilt the bottom board and used a more luxurious vinyl that actually looked and felt like leather.
Then I had to recreate the playing field. Instead of using vinyl (which still would have been an improvement) I found some black casino grade wool that actually had some deep dark red woven into it… a perfect match.
Having never done any upholstery I’m not sure I did this properly buy I used spray adhesive to attach the wool to the board and then stapled it to the inside of the table structure.
I then attached the new backer board I built to the bottom.
Finally I reattached the legs with some proper screws and voila..
Ready for the big game. Who’s in this weekend?
-- Mark / Montreal - "Measure Once, Curse Twice."