Have you built a poker table? (I just finished my second table and have some questions...)

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I just finished building my second poker table. I will add some pictures below.

Here are a few questions I have...

For some reason the table top feels harder than I expected. I used 1/4" closed cell foam and speed cloth that I ordered from "buildyourownpokertables.com". Also, the speed cloth is not very soft and I will probably replace it with a custom felt from @T_Chan . I just found him on the forums and his cloths look really nice.
My question is, has anyone ever used 1/2" foam on their table top instead of 1/4"? I'm not sure why my table feels so hard but I want it to have more cushion to it. I found some 1/2" foam on "amercangamingsupply.com". Has anyone ever used this?

Also, what is the strip of plastic called that is put in front of the lights around the perimeter of the table? Where do I buy it? (I will add a picture of what I am talking about below.)

Thanks!
 

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1/2” is too think, chips can’t be stacked as high, too much give, and 1/4”’does feel too firm. I have found 3/8” to be the sweet spot for thickness.
 

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A diffuser (strip).

Thank you!

1/2” is too think, chips can’t be stacked as high, too much give, and 1/4”’does feel too firm. I have found 3/8” to be the sweet spot for thickness.

Thanks! Do you have a website that you have bought it from that you would recommend?
I just read that closed cell foam is firmer than open cell foam which may explain why my table is harder than I expected.
 

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Thank you!



Thanks! Do you have a website that you have bought it from that you would recommend?
I just read that closed cell foam is firmer than open cell foam which may explain why my table is harder than I expected.

I sell insulation for a living and elastomeric rubber is one the products we sell. So I sampled a few sheets. It is closed cell which is what you want, if anything gets spilled on the table it won’t get into the padding.
 

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A diffuser (strip).
You need the aluminum diffuser (what the suits are cut out of) as well as a strip of milky acrylic to go behind the aluminum. Can be found at Home Depot and cut with a skil saw. Without the acrylic, you will see straight into the raised portion of your table. So should be LED Lights ----> milky acrylic ----> aluminum diffuser ----> table.
 

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I would suggest, to save A LOT of money, buy the acrylic from HD as the light diffuser and then have a vinyl shop create a black sticker with the cutouts and put on top of the diffuser.
 
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