|Project by brianarice||posted 12-20-2013 05:19 AM||16115 views||15 times favorited||33 comments|
Every once in a while an idea comes across your mind that is so crazy and out there you just have to do it. This time for me it was the idea of making an 8’ casino style craps table.
The hardest part of this project was that so few people have done it before there wasn’t a lot of references to go off of. After spending nearly a month researching craps tables on-line I eventually made my own design for the table. It started with the craps layout itself which is an 8’ double layout that I purchased from casino4you.com. Using the dimensions from the layout I estimated the rest of the dimensions for the table.
Since the table is so large I also wanted to make sure that it could be moved and stored so like many of the store bought tables I built this one in multiple sections that all fit together with pegs and a few screws to hold it together. There are four walls, the layout board, the base board and then the legs which can also be taken down into 4 parts.
I took pictures (all available on website below) of nearly every single step in building this. The only large change in design that I didn’t document was changing the corners. Originally I built the corners as frames that I planned to wrap with thin panels or kerfed plywood. The curve was too tight though and the boards all broke trying to attach them. I eventually took some 3/4” solid pine boards and cut multiple angled strips that I glued together and sanded down to the smooth curved surface. I like the way it turned out better than the panels anyway because it allowed for more depth and dimension in its appearance.
The entire table was made from pine boards and birch plywood except for the legs which were made from some recycled cedar posts. Given that drinks would eventually be around this, every part of the table was sealed. The base board and layout board were made from 3/4” plywood and 3/4” MDF that was covered with a clear acrylic. The rest of the table was stained with Minwax Kona colored stained so it has a nice chocolate color to contrast against the green layout.
To keep it as authentic looking as I could I also installed the pyramid shaped rubber bumpers on the end walls and cut some mirrors to go on the longer length of the table. The arm rest was also cut from 3/4 plywood and then wrapped with 2” medium density foam and covered with marine quality black vinyl that has a nice soft leather like look and feel. The final touch was a large set of casino weight chips that range from $1 to $1000 and a set of casino style large, sharp edge dice.
There are too many details to write about so take a look at all of the pictures here: http://www.ricefamilyweb.com/crapstable/