Blackjack Table Rehab Project

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So I found this table nearby for 50 on Facebook marketplace. The rail is in great shape, the felt is OK, but the dealer chip tray is missing. I'd like to put a new casino felt on it and replace the chip tray. I just measured the opening and it looks like it is 16 x 6.25. The standard trademark 10 row dealer tray is a bit too wide.

Does anyone know of a good place to look for dealer trays and felts? I've looked at spinetti's and they have a few, but I'd like to see more.

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I wish I could find a table like that... I don't have the skills to cut the slot for the drop box & the rail on mine turned out to be a covered pool noodle. I think $70 was too much to pay for that table, especially after replacing the felt.

@dew4au Most of these home sized tables are cut for a 9 barrel dealer tray; if you're good with a saw & you're planning on replacing the felt anyway, you may want to expand the hole a bit to fit in a real 12 barrel tray.
 
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We print custom blackjack felts too.
A custom felt would be nice. I have to come up with a plan to make the base worthy of a custom though. I'll post pictures later. It's not terrible, but it needs some TLC.

@dew4au Most of these home sized tables are cut for a 9 barrel dealer tray; if you're good with a saw & you're planning on replacing the felt anyway, you may want to expand the hole a bit to fit in a real 12 barrel tray.
After taking a look at tray offerings today, it looks like it's the only way to go. I should be able to add an inch or two.
 
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Researching how to install felt and I stumbled on something unexpected. I had no idea @T_Chan had a youtube channel! Great stuff.


That took him less than ten minutes. It's going to take me hours.:LOL: :laugh:
 
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I'd recommend installing that one with thumbtacks, not staples. You aren't going to want to remove 200+ staples a second time when you remove that 5 seater layout.
 
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I'd recommend installing that one with thumbtacks, not staples. You aren't going to want to remove 200+ staples a second time when you remove that 5 seater layout.
That's a good idea. Tack like these?


I would think those would be needed to install the layout directly under the rail like it is now (Figure A). Would you install it with low profile tacks like figure B or would you use bigger tacks and install it like figure C?

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I don’t see why you’d need that many staples for the felt? Probably only a couple dozen at most. The table I built has probably 15 staples for the felt and is just fine.
 
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I don’t see why you’d need that many staples for the felt? Probably only a couple dozen at most. The table I built has probably 15 staples for the felt and is just fine.
Right. I just went back and watched Tony's video. He used 50 fasteners. I think i had it in my mind that I needed more because this table has staples in a near constant line around it. I'm definitely picking up staple remover.

I see high marks for the CS Osborne 120 1/2 and the CS Osbourne 1066.
https://www.amazon.com/Osborne-No-120-Staple-Lifter/dp/B0761XCM9W
https://www.amazon.com/C-S-Osborne-Staple-Lifter-by_1alberoni/dp/B01MYPRFU8

Anyone have a better remover?
 
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That's a good idea. Tack like these?


I would think those would be needed to install the layout directly under the rail like it is now (Figure A). Would you install it with low profile tacks like figure B or would you use bigger tacks and install it like figure C?

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Yes, that's the idea. Temporary installation. Mine is set up with low profile tacks like figure B.

I don’t see why you’d need that many staples for the felt? Probably only a couple dozen at most. The table I built has probably 15 staples for the felt and is just fine.
I dunno, the table I bought last month had about 200 staples for the felt and another 200 for the rail. Removing that was a pain in the ass & I'm seriously considering making a new rail altogether rather than pulling all the 20+ year old rusty staples out and getting tetanus again.
 
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Alright, so here's the wood work.
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I think the game plan here is to:
  • wipe everything down,
  • fill in the missing plywood pieces with wood filler
  • sand it down
  • apply a slightly darker tinted polyurethane
I not sure how the wood filler will do being in contact with the ground. Should I use something stronger?

I did order a staple remover, but while I was out there I decided to grab the needle nose and see how hard it was. My table has 160 staples. I was just going to do a few, but I ended up removing about 80. I lucked out and my staples are soft copper. No tetanus here! Might return the tool if I knock the rest out before it gets here.

The foam looks good. Smooth and no pitting anywhere I can see. I found a few gnats under there so I'm defintiely glad I'm replacing it!

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You got lucky with the foam being even that decent, mine looks like it's absorbed about 25 years worth of cigarette smoke and drunk urine. I just threw a $10 ebay felt on top of it for now, but it's definitely coming out when I get the time and money to rebuild properly.
 
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We have felt and dealer tray! I need to cut a lot off once mounted. Should I make a rough cut before mount and then do a final trim? Or, should I staple it down and then cut it?

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In other news I just got under contract on a house with a huge basement, so it looks like this guy will have a permanent home!
 
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Alrighty, after lots a measuring, some cutting, and a few staples, we are finished with the top. Now I just need some slide under drink holders. I went with my Bahamia set for the first games with the wife. It looks like the base improvements will be delayed until after I close on my house and do all of the improvements needed there. It'll probably be a summer project.

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