Craps Table, 6.5ft

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Project by PKFF posted 02-02-2012 07:36 PM 8463 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Dad and I started Playing Craps about 10 years ago, when I turned 18 and going to Casinos on Indian Reservations. When I turned 19, I started going to Windsor, Canada and my love for that game took off. I purchased a cheap Craps Layout and a chip set and made a 2×8 square table. Enough was enough. With the Superbowl party fast approaching my Dad asked me to make a new table for the party, for entertainment purposes. To his suprise, I took that as a chance to create a new project. Knowing what a typical craps table looked like and the construction is (every woodworker knows they inspect and take notice the finer details of every bit of woodworking around them) I put it to paper.

Now, I don’t have the space for a 14ft table (nor does my wife think it would be appropriate) or do I have the amount of friends who can play to make that practical, but I wanted something that I can use for a long time. I also needed it portable and storable.

It is completely made of plywood. Between 11/16 Birch, 3/4 AB pine, and 1/4 birch, the design was to keep it under $200 but functional and attractive, and I was successful with the price.

It is designed to be broken down and then reassembled when and where needed…

The first challenge of this project was to make the corners round. Not in any casino can you find a square craps table. So to do that, I made what everyone has seen before, a circle cutting jig for my 14” portercable bandsaw. 52 curved sections.

This jig did a fantastic job and will be put to use in the future; I don’t know why it wasn’t apart of my shop prior.

The next challenge was to make the rails. Every player’s position deserves a spot to keep their chips. So I used my 1-5/8” core box Bit I purchased specifically for Casion Chip trays to make a single groove (single due to size constraints).
After setting it up on my router table, making a curved Jig/template for the curved parts, and 13 passes per rail, they came out exactly the way I imagined. I like the cut into the Birch plywood, it gave it a nice pinstriped look..

After a lot of sanding, a few coats of stain, 3 coats of Poly gloss, a little help from Mother Nature giving us two 60 degree and breezy Janurary days in Michigan to help with the curing of the Poly, this turned out to be a solid 2 week project just in time for the Big party.

While I am happy with this project and how it turned out, there were somethings I wish I did differently (as with EVERY project). I would allot a little more budget for some more attractive hardware (I.e. the wingnuts aren’t exactly attractive, but work for now) and I would not sand the Birch rails as much. While they turned out the way I was hoping, rustic and worn, not brand new and contemporary, I learned that it doesn’t take much with the 120grit to get through those thin layers of plywood it has.

I hope you enjoyed the photos!

-- "If you put your best effort forward today, you won't have to re-do it tomorrow"

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#1 posted 02-02-2012 09:22 PM

beautiful! Very nice job

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#2 posted 02-02-2012 10:23 PM

$10 on the hard 8 please!

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#3 posted 02-02-2012 10:30 PM

This project gives me many great ideas…. Nice Job looks amazing.

-- "If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything."

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#4 posted 02-03-2012 03:31 AM

Wow that is cool, that could be trouble at my house! LOL we live close to vegas and go there often, but with this why leave home? Great job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 02-03-2012 04:14 AM

very nice job…im surprised we don’t see more gambling tables on this site

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#6 posted 02-03-2012 06:18 AM


-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#7 posted 02-04-2012 06:54 AM

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Take the don’ts, pay the line!

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

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#8 posted 02-04-2012 07:25 AM

Looks really nice. You did a great job on it.

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#9 posted 06-05-2014 04:13 PM

A couple quick questions on the build of this. I know it’s been a while since you posted this but I am thinking of building a craps table and do want to try to keep the costs down. How did you keep the cost under $200? How many sheets of plywood did you use? Also, am I assuming the $200 did not include the diamond rubber or the layout?

Also, for the walls are they one layer of plywood (the vertical sections) or are they double layers?



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#10 posted 09-18-2015 04:03 PM

I love playing craps and fell in love with this idea back in March after reading your article. I’m building now and will be finished the table (-stand) by this weekend. I’ll attach pictures of the full process next week.
Awesome table! Thanks for the inspiration and motivation.

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#11 posted 09-18-2015 07:01 PM

spongey437 (Jeff), I used 2 sheets of AB (29.99 each) and 2 of the 3/4 birch (39.99 back then) the layout I got online for 18 dollars and I bought the diamond rubber for $30/four foot (on sale from $40). I think the hardware was about $10 total bringing it to about $230, so a little over budget. Not nearly what it could’ve been. The walls are double layered 3/4 birch glued/ laminated to be about 1.5”.

Cboots, I looks forward to seeing it! I am glad my photos helped you out a bit. Thanks the nice words, it’s motivation for me too to hear others have been motivated by this project. I use it quite often, has paid off more ways than I could imagine by keeping money in my pocket and not the casinos!

-- "If you put your best effort forward today, you won't have to re-do it tomorrow"

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#12 posted 09-29-2015 03:56 PM

PKFF, your photos helped a lot. I finished this weekend and was playing last night, in my glory. Everyone should have one of these in their home. I made some small changes to your design but I was most attracted to the portability, or transportability, of the table. I have a ton of pictures from start to finish but I’ll only post a couple. I will say that I used a lot of poplar for the chip trays and swooping supports, plus I don’t have a table router so I had the local prison woodshop do the chip trays only, and they did great work and it was cheap cheap. The lag time was 3 months which was a shame because I was hoping to have the table out on the porch during our summer poker games. Anyway, I give you a lot of credit; I wanted to change the design extensively, to make it my own, but I really like your original design. The next one I will make a little longer – 7.5’ to 8’ – and possibly add cushioned rails. I’m having a mirror cut now for the stickman’s side.
Thanks buddy,
P.S. Looks like I can’t link photos using my work computer (which I’m using now) so I’ll put them in later.

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#14 posted 09-29-2015 04:07 PM

Nice work – very professional.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 09-29-2015 07:15 PM

Cboots. That looks awesome. I only hope mine looks that good when I am done. I am using plywood for the base and pine for the walls. I am hoping to have it playable in a week or two (without chip rails because I also don’t have a router) but at least something I can throw some dice on. I’ll post when I have something worth seeing. Mine is a very simple design, and honesly I think I could finish most of it if I can find time to take a day off from work.

Great job.

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