A Raised Rail Build - Double Ring Design? [March ...delayed]

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I'm planning out my 2nd table build, and am thinking about a "simple" raised rail design (similar to @markleteenie's build), with the double-wood-ring approach.

Conceptual sketch below:

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Has anyone done this before?
Any thoughts/concerns/advice before I begin?
 
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Built my table like this 9 years ago and it’s held up well. Very simple design that just works. The middle piece of plywood was solid however, no room for ant races.

My only other thought would be that 6” wide before foam and vinyl gets to be quite wide but that’s a personal preference.

Can’t remember if my rail is 4” or 5” wide. I will check later. Edit: Checked, it's 5".
 

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Built my table like this 9 years ago and it’s held up well. Very simple design that just works. The middle piece of plywood was solid however, no room for ant races.

My only other thought would be that 6” wide before foam and vinyl gets to be quite wide but that’s a personal preference.

Can’t remember if my rail is 4” or 5” wide. I will check later.

Yea, that's just a dimension I used for the detail. It will most likely be a 5" rail, like my last build.

And thanks for chiming in! It's nice to see people have done this design before with success! :tup:

EDIT: The only reason I'm taking the extra step of making the double-ring is so I can remove the finished/raised reveal part if needed for future repair/re-veneer/re-acrylic/etc. I'd just rather work with a removable smaller ring, than the entire 5-6" rail piece.
 

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Built my table like this 9 years ago and it’s held up well. Very simple design that just works. The middle piece of plywood was solid however, no room for ant races.

My only other thought would be that 6” wide before foam and vinyl gets to be quite wide but that’s a personal preference.

Can’t remember if my rail is 4” or 5” wide. I will check later.
Yeah, I'd agree with 6" being too wide for my personal preference. Most of my builds have been with 4.5" to 5" rails.
 

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Nice CAD drawing man. :tup: I went with a very similar approach to my raised rail. The only difference is my bottom support piece goes all the way to the edge (I just wanted the extra support for the rail but it was probably just me over thinking it).

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Nice CAD drawing man. :tup: I went with a very similar approach to my raised rail. The only difference is my bottom support piece goes all the way to the edge (I just wanted the extra support for the rail but it was probably just me over thinking it).

Thanks! :)

And the only reason I'm not going wider on the support piece, is because I just don't want to buy another sheet of plywood. :p
 
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Thanks! :)

And the only reason I'm not going wider on the support piece, is because I just don't want to buy another sheet of plywood. :p
Yup I totally understand.
 

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I'm planning out my 2nd table build, and am thinking about a "simple" raised rail design (similar to @markleteenie's build), with the double-wood-ring approach.

Conceptual sketch below:

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Has anyone done this before?
Any thoughts/concerns/advice before I begin?
Mine works extremely well.

I left a little space - ant race track if you will - so I could staple the fabric in that area without the Staples and excess vinyl interfering with the raised inside ring's leveling.
Might not have affected it but I didn't mind the extra work.
 

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Mine works extremely well.

I left a little space - ant race track if you will - so I could staple the fabric in that area without the Staples and excess vinyl interfering with the raised inside ring's leveling.
Might not have affected it but I didn't mind the extra work.

How wide is your ant-track?
 

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Following. I can't wait to see how this turns out. I will be building 2 of these raised rail tables in the near future.
 

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@justsomedude - here are the pictures I promised of the inner ring. I lowered the table by a couple inches yesterday, so had it taken apart.

As you can see, I have all of my railing vinyl stapled in the inner space, so the staples/bunched up fabric wouldn't mess with how flush the raised part met the vinyl-ed part.
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These look great. I keep building a table in my head but haven't put pen to paper and certainly not saw to wood but getting closer. Nice job
 

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Build might be delayed to Sat. Snow expected next two days. Was planning to do the main cuts outside tomorrow. But that’s now unlikely.
 

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Whoa... the video that many of us have used to build our first poker table - and even referenced in Adam Savage's build video - is gone. It was something like "How to Build a DIY Pro Poker Table"...

EDIT: Channel/account name name was 'Poker Listings'

"account terminated" :eek:

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Rail width: of you plan on doing jumbo cup holders in the rail, it will help to go a bit extra wide. I didn't and the cups don't quite sit flush with the rail because the foam and vinyl are curving downward at either edge.

T-nuts and bolts: I advise mounting pedestals removable to the support layer and using bolts to attach playing surface to support.
 

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Are you talking about this video?

That’s not the one I was thinking of. I was talking about the video I linked in the post you quoted.

It was a well known and widely used how-to. Real footage of a guy building a table (not animation), edited down to cover the nitty gritty, yet it clearly explained everything. It covered the basics in under 5 minutes. I’m surprised to see their account was terminated. :(
 
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