FYI - with spacers that tall, you may want to wrap the edge of the rail with a thin layer of hardboard or add more spacers to fill in the gaps, especially at the cup holder locations. You'd probably be OK if your raised rail was only ~3/4", but with the taller 1.5" riser, you may find that when you're upholstering the rail, the foam along the edge of the rail will sink into those gaps. You'll end up getting "soft spots" in the foam, which will make it tougher to get an even pull and may make for a lumpy final product. Here's a pic (linked here so as to not muddle up your thread) of a table I did with a similar riser height, you can see the spacing of spacers is tighter.
I hope so, but I think I just realized that my diffuser strips are a half inch too narrow.
Depends, I'm not exactly sure how you're assembling the acrylic strips in relation to the rail & playing surface - do you have a sketch of the proposed cross section or reference thread you're trying to match?@Irish - Any idea what I can do for this? I have acrylic strips, already cut to 4 feet long and 2 inches wide. I think I need them to be 2.5 inches wide, maybe a little more if I decide to route a channel for them. I can get others, but don't necessarily want to wait for them to come in the mail.
OK I see what you're doing - as long as you're able to attach the diffuser nice and level, I don't see why that wouldn't work.Cross section is posted here.
I was thinking of maybe attaching it to the rail bottom piece of ply, but keeping it raised. Might be complicating it, though.
Too late...Looking good. WIsh I had a tip for the glue. I had some residue on my gloves that transferred to cup holders recently. I tried goo gone and every other kind of remover I could find in the shop. Mineral spirits, acetone, even metal polish. Nothing would take out the dark spots in the brass. Ended up ordering new, what a waste! But hey, I learned and wont do that again.
Do yourself a favor and use a 3/8" roundover bit on the rail edges. You'll feel them under the foam if you don't. I do both the inside and outside of the top rail board.