For you folks that don't leave your table up, what do you do with it and where does it "live"?

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Leaning up against the wall.

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I had a dining topper made for my table by a local builder. Nothing fancy, just an oval sheet of plywood that's been sanded, stained, and poly. Not near the quality of a Chanman creation but good enough as a top as a desk/computer desk.
 

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Curious, do you guys support the table in anyway to prevent damage to the rail/padding, or is that not a concern? I'll be receiving a topper as soon as DHL decides to get their shit together and it's something I've been wondering about.
 

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Curious, do you guys support the table in anyway to prevent damage to the rail/padding, or is that not a concern? I'll be receiving a topper as soon as DHL decides to get their shit together and it's something I've been wondering about.
When I bought a table from gorilla, I asked them that specifically - if I store it on its side, if it will mash down the rail foam. They said it is 100% not a concern. But foam could vary, I'm sure.
 

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Curious, do you guys support the table in anyway to prevent damage to the rail/padding, or is that not a concern? I'll be receiving a topper as soon as DHL decides to get their shit together and it's something I've been wondering about.

I put some removable storage feet to keep it up off the ground.
Probably won't hurt the foam but for some scrap pieces and some minimal hardware I know for sure the foam isn't getting crushed.
Plus if you had it in an unfinished room with any type of moisture potential I would want it up off the ground.


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Curious, do you guys support the table in anyway to prevent damage to the rail/padding, or is that not a concern? I'll be receiving a topper as soon as DHL decides to get their shit together and it's something I've been wondering about.
I think Tony builds his folding tables with 'kick stands' to help keep the weight off the rails.
 

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I put some removable storage feet to keep it up off the ground.
Probably won't hurt the foam but for some scrap pieces and some minimal hardware I know for sure the foam isn't getting crushed.
Plus if you had it in an unfinished room with any type of moisture potential I would want it up off the ground.


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I've considered something like that or the kickstand option, but being a topper, I can't have any permanently mounted hardware on the underside, as it needs to sit flush on my table. If anyone has any ideas on how to potentially solve that, I'm all ears.
 
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I've considered something like that or the kickstand option, but being a topper, I can't have any permanently mounted hardware on the underside, as it needs to sit flush on my table. If anyone has any ideas on how to potentially solve that, I'm all ears.
I'm trying to solve the same problem as well. Since it has to be flush on the table there aren't many options. One could do what @bsdunbar1 did and have some metal threads inserted into the base plate to screw in the legs for storage... looks not too complicated, but I'm not sure how good my 16mm base plate will hold the weight without any reinforcements.
 

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I'm trying to solve the same problem as well. Since it has to be flush on the table there aren't many options. One could do what @bsdunbar1 did and have some metal threads inserted into the base plate to screw in the legs for storage... looks not too complicated, but I'm not sure how good my 16mm base plate will hold the weight without any reinforcements.
Yeah, I'd be surprised if that gives enough support to hold the weight too. Maybe @T_Chan has an idea - he's made a fair number of toppers before.
 

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Good job! ... so how does it work? ;)


Full disclosure, this is not a complete poker table. No legs, The rail is built as you normally would, but the playing surface is just 1/4'' foam with speedcloth attached. There is no wooden base.

I built this to be a topper to my old dinning room table that is now in my basement. The table has two leaves that extend the length of the table from 52" to 88". So when it's not being used as a poker table, I take the leaves out and it takes up a lot less space. When I want to use it as a poker table, I add the leaves, lay the playing surface matt on the table, and then drop the rail piece over it. I attached some pieces of wood to the bottom of the rail to hold it in place when it's on the table, so it doesn't slide around. I carved a notch into two of these pieces on one side, which I use to hang it on two nails in the wall.
 

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Perfect! I had never thought to even google for something like this. This is going to be perfect.
You can also buy some cheap twin size fitted sheets at ikea, target, or wherever
I would like something somewhat water repellent or at least no absorbent. But to you point they probably do have water repellent sheets or mattress protectors for some reason.
 

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Leaving a poker table on it's said against the foam isn't a concern, as long as the weight is evenly distributed. If you accidentally put the table on top of something, like a piece of lego, then it'll leave a dent in the rail.

The foam I use is pretty high density, and I wrap the vinyl/suede/leather very tight so there's no worry about over compressing the foam over time.

Kickstands are a good option, I include those for folding tables, but not for toppers since those have to have a flat bottom.
 

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@justsomedude made a cool rack/stand to stack his tables in. I know he posted a picture of it here one time, but I have no idea what thread it's in. Maybe he can share it again if he has a chance.
 

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I used to use kickstands to stand it on its side against the wall, but I recently got a dining table top to cover it instead.
 

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I hang it on the wall in the garage - usually. Right now, though, my BIL has it in his crazy-big basement.
 

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I just did this, this year, and I love it!

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Full disclosure, this is not a complete poker table. No legs, The rail is built as you normally would, but the playing surface is just 1/4'' foam with speedcloth attached. There is no wooden base.

I built this to be a topper to my old dinning room table that is now in my basement. The table has two leaves that extend the length of the table from 52" to 88". So when it's not being used as a poker table, I take the leaves out and it takes up a lot less space. When I want to use it as a poker table, I add the leaves, lay the playing surface matt on the table, and then drop the rail piece over it. I attached some pieces of wood to the bottom of the rail to hold it in place when it's on the table, so it doesn't slide around. I carved a notch into two of these pieces on one side, which I use to hang it on two nails in the wall.

Nice job! I've been thinking about doing the same for my oak kitchen table (also expands w/ two leaves). A couple of questions:
  • I was going to use 1/4" ply as the base, then foam, then a Chanman Custom Suede. Is the foam without a base stiff enough and strong enough? (Out of Context Thread, here I come)
  • How do you attach the foam/speed cloth to the rail (when you are hanging it on the wall as shown, or laying it on the table)?
  • Can you post (or PM me) a few pictures of the foam/SSC separate from the rail, back side of the rail, any build pictures, etc.?
Cheers!
 
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