Building a 55" round table...looking for some opinions

bostonwinch

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Glue the cloth to the foam, that way when you pull it tight it doesn't distort the lines.
The lines were 99.9% straight on the table in the pic, it surprises me that the image looks like on the right hand side the lines were wavy but that wan't the case.


I’m looking at the left side near the bottom of the racetrack, looking all the way to the top. It’s pretty good but there is some wave in there (if your follow the suits up). Maybe I’m just being too particular. If I use glue will it be too hard to change the felt in the future ?
 

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The table looks great I’m not implying that it isn’t just trying to sort out the finer details
 

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Hey guys I finished the table yesterday and I am quite pleased with it. The finishing took longer then expected but I took my time because I wanted it to look good. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that had an input and point out a few things about the build if someone reads this and decides to build one for the first time like me.

-definitely use a router instead of a jigsaw jig. The cuts were way cleaner and looked much more professional. It was an extra $60 ($30 for the tool rental at Home Depot, $30 for the 1/4” bit)
-doing the upholstery was very tough. Specifically the outside edge. Lots of adding/removing staples. I used a heat gun in some spots to increase the stretching and it helped a lot. See YouTube videos for heating vinyl.
-the only mistake I made was I didn’t glue down my felt first before stapling. Nobody mentioned it on here or on the YouTube builds I ended up watching but it makes sense if your using a cloth with a pattern. I ended up stretching it (see picture below). But it’s not a big deal it only costs $20 for a standard pattern I will do that down the road. It’s not that noticeable right now because the pattern is very suttle.
-it’s not perfect but I enjoyed the process and am quite satisfied considering it was my first build. Don’t do too much at once you’ll get tired and frustrated and keep the beer fridge near by! Lol
 

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