Mahogany racetrack table

T_Chan

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I'm still here, just very busy. I've recently finished off a few tables while battling some health issues but I'm almost back to full speed with poker tables. I recently secured a contract with a local casino to build 12 Baccarat tables and 4 Blackjack tables so I'm going to be even busier as these tables need to be finished much sooner than I would like.


Anyways, here's the last table I needed to finish before starting the casino contract. 44"x96" with modern base, custom cut raised rail with white and multicolored LED's, chip drawer, mahogany racetrack and custom gaming suede cloth. The customer's company logo is on the felt and his last name is cut into the diffuser.


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Stunning. When are you moving to Australia so I can buy a table??
 

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Very classy. I'm wondering if I would want a racetrack and this is the best one I've seen. Great color combinations.
 

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Nice work, man. Beautiful craftsmanship.
 

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Do you have any pics of the racetrack fabrication? I'm guessing it's glued up from solid boards, but it looks great however it's constructed. The ice effect on the diffuser is really nice as well.
 

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This table is very nice....

Where do you get your plastic (light defuser) from? I am wanting to build a table with lighting.
 

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Thanks everyone.

No plans on moving to Australia, though my wife wants us to take a trip down there in May so I might bump into you.

I don't think I'd ever make a racetrack that isn't flush with the playing surface. Go flush or go home :)

Sorry no construction pics, I've kind of stopped taking those pics as I just don't really have time. It's not solid mahogany though, just mahogany plywood. I cut a 1/4" deep groove in it to stick the diffuser into.

I make my own light diffusers. I normally make them with just the suits pattern but this customer wanted it to be very customized to include his last name so I changed the pattern for him and cut it on my CNC machine. I sell the brushed aluminum strips along with the cracked ice diffuser.
 

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Sorry no construction pics, I've kind of stopped taking those pics as I just don't really have time. It's not solid mahogany though, just mahogany plywood. I cut a 1/4" deep groove in it to stick the diffuser into.

Makes sense, and the plywood racetrack construction method is pretty well documented already. I was just thinking that mahogany ply was unavailable or hard to source so you'd have to go with solid or lay up your own veneer. I wonder if my local hardwood dealer stocks it.
 

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Beautiful work, man. Personally, I hate the chip drawer, because I'm very tall and that means I can never sit there, but the customer gets what the customer wants, right?

Question: do you have cut-outs under the table to make it easier to pop out the insert that the felt is attached to for cleaning/replacement? And what do you use for the insert?

I have a BBO "Ultimate" poker table with removable insert. I don't mind that it's not flush with the racetrack - the thing that annoys the hell out of me, though, is that they make the insert 3/8" shorter that the hole it fits into. They said this is so that you can get your fingers under one end to lift it out. The long edges are snug, but at the far ends I see enough gap to annoy me even if I center the insert. I'm thinking of building my own insert, and putting a couple holes in the table underneath so that I can just pop it up from below for removal. While I'm at it, I'll probably get a custom-printed felt. I'll still be able to use my old inserts, when I want (I have a suited speed for cards, and a plain green felt for other table games.)

Their inserts are made of some sort of plastic/resin-ey substance which has great stiffness at a thin size, but I haven't had luck finding it, and I don't know if 1/4" plywood will work well enough. Also, I don't know how much margin to leave to account for the fabric and padding.
 
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Very nice, and normally I don't like racetracks. I am thinking about making a table in the future with a lit rail. Something about being an electrician makes that appeal to me. Do you contract out the CNC part?
 

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I have a local specialty plywood vendor who sells exotic plywoods so they had a few different species of mahogany plywood available for me to use.

I don't have any easy way to remove the playing surface because it's not a piece that's meant to be removed unless you're re-upholstering it which should be far in the future. Whenever I do make tables with multiple inserts though, I do cut out large hand sized holes under the table so that they can be pushed up from underneath to make changing them quick and painless.

I'm not sure what material BBO uses, but I'm sure you could replace the insert with your own and cut those access holes to make the swapout a little less of a struggle. If you need a custom felt, you know who to call ;)

I personally do not like playing on racetrack tables, but the customer gets what they order. I have my own CNC where I cut my tables and the diffusers among other things. The chip tray was also done on my CNC.
 

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Amazing looking table! Seeing a flush mounted racetrack is "almost" enough to get me to want to build one but I think I'd probably rather just have a faux racetrack that was dyed using one of your custom cloths. Once I have a permanent poker room I'll be building my next table and you'll definitely be getting my business for the custom cloth!
 

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I don't know if 1/4" plywood will work well enough. Also, I don't know how much margin to leave to account for the fabric and padding.

I built one table that spends most of it's life as my wife's sewing table. As a sewing table, the insert is corkboard for pinning patterns to, but when poker night rolls around we drop in the felt, which is attached to 1/8" plywood. I was concerned about the thin plywood warping, especially because it is stored vertically (along it's long side). I ran some screws through the plywood before covering it with the felt, and the screws tips line up with holes in the table. The idea was to use a wing-nut and washer to tighten it up and pull out the warpage.

I've had the table 4 maybe 5 years, now, and have never needed the screws. The 1/8" plywood has held up. That is the purpose of plywood though. Thin layers of wood, glued together at different angles to minimise the chance that it will warp.

As for how much margin to account for fabric (virtually negligible) and padding - that really depends on your padding.

I would post a pic of the table, but being in the same thread as a Chanman table, the pic would commit suicide.
 

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I built one table that spends most of it's life as my wife's sewing table. As a sewing table, the insert is corkboard for pinning patterns to, but when poker night rolls around we drop in the felt, which is attached to 1/8" plywood. I was concerned about the thin plywood warping, especially because it is stored vertically (along it's long side). I ran some screws through the plywood before covering it with the felt, and the screws tips line up with holes in the table. The idea was to use a wing-nut and washer to tighten it up and pull out the warpage.

I've had the table 4 maybe 5 years, now, and have never needed the screws. The 1/8" plywood has held up. That is the purpose of plywood though. Thin layers of wood, glued together at different angles to minimise the chance that it will warp.

As for how much margin to account for fabric (virtually negligible) and padding - that really depends on your padding.

I would post a pic of the table, but being in the same thread as a Chanman table, the pic would commit suicide.


We DO have a Fugly poker table thread. :rolleyes:
 

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Thank you.

You don't have to be in Canada to get one, I ship to the USA as well. My prices are on my website, www.chanmanpokertables.com/pricing but I can say that this table was a little over $3,000.

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