Poker Table

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Project by bschmitt posted 10-15-2010 03:12 AM 1714 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is what started my woodworking. I bought the pedestals and claw feet unfinished, and built the rest with a pneumatic stapler and a jigsaw. The top is two sheets of red oak plywood glued together, finished with Minwax red mahogany stain and topped off with Minwax semi gloss poly. It’s been in use for a few years now, and still holding up. The felt is Titan Billiard Cloth, and the rail is Whisper Vinyl.

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#1 posted 10-15-2010 07:33 AM

Very nice

-- Vince

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#2 posted 10-15-2010 04:52 PM

She’s a beauty. I think I’m going to do one soon. What type of foam did you use under the playing surface? I’ve been scouting the casino tables and I’m thinking rubber foam is what I’m leaning towards. Have you given any thought to building a topper to convert it to a dinning table?

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#3 posted 10-15-2010 06:52 PM

I used Volara foam. It’s 1/2” thick under the rail, and 1/4” thick under the playing surface. The foam isn’t cheap, but it is supposed to hold up well if it gets wet (fortunately I have not tested this). The other nice thing is it has no memory. You can have your elbows pressed into that rail for 8 hours, and the next morning, there are no indentations at all.

One of the players at my game has suggested he would like to buy the table, but with the ability to convert it to a dining table. So I have given making a second top a little thought, but nothing serious yet.

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#4 posted 10-15-2010 08:39 PM

i used a thin carpet pad under my felt to give it that spongy feel that you find on most quality table (makes lifting the cars WAY easier without creasing them). got it for free too since it was a small piece. Went to a carpet place, asked for a piece 4’x8’ and the guy asked what it was for, told him a poker table, he laughed and just gave me the piece for free..

just a thought if you decide to make a new one, or for anyone else.

-- Your mind, much like a parachute, works best when open.

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#5 posted 10-15-2010 11:54 PM

Wow, very professional result. Great design. Looks like a lot of good times ahead.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#6 posted 02-23-2016 11:57 PM

Beautiful. And almost identical to the first thing I made that got me into woodworking too. Used the exact same materials as you as well. It sure is fun to have!

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