Homemade Craps Table

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I've been wanting to build my own gaming table for some time now and I've finally got the wife's approval to do it (partly because we have space for it now). Because of limited space I want it to be dual purpose and have a poker table top as well (which should be easy enough to have a removable topper). I've been scouring the internet for craps table plans and homemade tables and I've found a fair amount if info, but nothing that's really complete. There are a couple youtube video series of guys building their own tables but they leave out a lot of details. Wondering if anybody here has built their own table and could share your experience and maybe some details with me on your process. I'm experienced using tools and I've built some simple furniture items, but this will be my biggest furniture project undertaking.

What was the length and width of your total table? Playing surface? My wife wants me to keep the total table length to 8 ft which seems like it should work for the single dealer layout.
How tall is your table?
I'm pretty set on doing proper curved corners and I know how to do the kerf cuts - what radius did/would you use? Are there curved chip rails available that fit that or did you custom make them?
What material did you put under the layout?
How did you join the side walls to the table? Did this cause any issues stretching the layout? (I would think a screw hitting the layout would grab and pull)

Any other advice you've got I'll gladly take!

5/14 Update:

Got the frame done, sub base and table top pieces attached, table corner radius' done and about half the kerf cuts for the back walls. Kerf cutting is extremely tedious, but the results are great. Wishing my circular saw was corded, might have gotten all the kerfing done last night but ran out of battery juice.

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Wow, best of luck with this project! Craps tables are usually very deep. I'm not sure how you'd put a poker top on a craps table and make it look good and playable. Need some professional designers/woodworkers to pipe in.
 

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Nice! What height is the base? Maybe 24"?

And what is the wall measurement? Maybe 18"?

Are you going to put a chip tray/railing on top of the wall?
 

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You've got a massive tub going. I took some 4x4 posts and cut them on a 45 and the rubber just naturally curves. The entire thing bolts together. I can assemble it in about 15 min. Casinos put the felt directly on the wood but I didn't want my dice getting beat to shit because I'm not in a position to replace the dice every casino night so I put a very thin layer of padding underneath. Be careful though or your dice will bounce out of the tub every throw.

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If my layout looks weird it's because I took a full tub felt and cut it to make a 1/2 tub.

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I love the legit-looking signs - the rules and the odds, where did you get those?
 

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Frame is 27", so 28.5" to the tabletop. Walls are 11" on the player sides and then will get railing on top of that plus chip rails. 9" wall on the dealer side. I'll be putting a topper that will cover the chip rails which will create a bar height table. The plan is to have one side finished hardwood for board games and the other side felted for poker. Not sure we're going to love poker at a bar height table (plus it's ~6" wider than a poker table), so I may build a folding poker table as well if I can fit it in the same room.

@moose no curved walls would have definitely been easier. Unfortunately neither I nor my wife could convince me that curved walls wouldn't just look awesome. How long is your table? My playing surface is going to be just shy of 8'x4'. Any longer and I think I'd have to have 2 dealers.
 

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Frame is 27", so 28.5" to the tabletop. Walls are 11" on the player sides and then will get railing on top of that plus chip rails. 9" wall on the dealer side. I'll be putting a topper that will cover the chip rails which will create a bar height table. The plan is to have one side finished hardwood for board games and the other side felted for poker. Not sure we're going to love poker at a bar height table (plus it's ~6" wider than a poker table), so I may build a folding poker table as well if I can fit it in the same room.

@moose no curved walls would have definitely been easier. Unfortunately neither I nor my wife could convince me that curved walls wouldn't just look awesome. How long is your table? My playing surface is going to be just shy of 8'x4'. Any longer and I think I'd have to have 2 dealers.
8x4 is a half tub. My base is 8x4 and the playing surface is slightly smaller so players can put their chips on the base.
 

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Missed posting as stuff was going along so here's a bunch of photos of progress through today:

sidewalls and rubber test fit.jpgdealer cutout.jpgouter backwall 1.jpgouter backwall 2.jpgouter sidewalls.jpgstained.jpgstained detail.jpg

Stain is a bit darker than I wanted but my wife picked it out and really likes it. Next up is the chip rail and arm rail, then boxing in the legs + stain, then moving it into the basement for final assembly.
 

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Wow amazing work. That has got to weigh a ton!
It is quite heavy. Only gonna get worse when the diamond rubber gets added too. Fortunately it moves in pieces, haha!


that's like my plan too ~one side & the prop layout
I'm excited for the custom layout I've got ordered from @T_Chan for a single dealer. We were able to fit ATS, hop bets, and a small prop box with everything in comfortable reach.
 

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Craps tables are usually very deep. I'm not sure how you'd put a poker top on a craps table and make it look good and playable. Need some professional designers/woodworkers to pipe in.
For a dual purpose table, I think it would be best to build a sitting height poker table, then remove the padded rail, change (or overlay) the felt, and add the craps walls on top of that so you have a standing-height craps table. They only issue would be to make sure the craps walls were secure to the poker table base so it didn't shift during play. I think you could router out a groove in the poker table that would be covered by a the padded rail...the craps walls could sit in that groove.
 

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For a dual purpose table, I think it would be best to build a sitting height poker table, then remove the padded rail, change (or overlay) the felt, and add the craps walls on top of that so you have a standing-height craps table. They only issue would be to make sure the craps walls were secure to the poker table base so it didn't shift during play. I think you could router out a groove in the poker table that would be covered by a the padded rail...the craps walls could sit in that groove.
That's almost exactly what I am doing. I have a poker table where I can remove the rail and surface, switch out the craps layout insert and place the craps wall/rail on top. It's actually large/heavy enough that it won't shift, but I'll probably end up with a few clasps to secure it at the end.
 
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