Need help - 60 inch round

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I'd like to build a 60 inch round table. I'm still in the planning phase. My question: Is there rail foam material I can use in one piece to cover the rail? Or do I have to piece something together? If I have to piece foam together, can you direct me to a guide on how to do it?

I've built tables before, but this will be the first round one.
 

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If Chanman chimes in I'm sure he'll have the advice you need. I didn't intend to threadjack, brains; sorry about that.
 

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5x5 Baltic Birch is the common suggestion. I may have found a source for a few sheets pretty cheap.

I did check over at PTF. The search function or a manual search didn't reveal an answer...

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I could make it 54 inches around, but I'm hoping to get eight seats around it. It will be tight if I reduce it by that much.
 

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I don't think there's been any posts about building such a large table on pokertableforum yet. Here's a guide though: http://pokertableforum.com/index.php?topic=29.0

If you can get foam that's 60" wide, you can stretch it the same way you would stretch the vinyl. Foambymail also sells custom cut foam. You can order a piece of round 1" HD Luxe foam 60x60 which they cut into a crude circle for you. I think they can even go larger but not by much more.

5x5 baltic birch ply is the way to go. You can always piece 2 sheets together with dowels or biscuits but the 5x5 is the best.
 

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Found this just now. Intriguing option. About $50 for a 66 inch round piece.


http://www.thefoamfactory.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CSDIM&Store_Code=foambymail&category_id=1&shape_id=3

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I don't think there's been any posts about building such a large table on pokertableforum yet. Here's a guide though: http://pokertableforum.com/index.php?topic=29.0

If you can get foam that's 60" wide, you can stretch it the same way you would stretch the vinyl. Foambymail also sells custom cut foam. You can order a piece of round 1" HD Luxe foam 60x60 which they cut into a crude circle for you. I think they can even go larger but not by much more.

5x5 baltic birch ply is the way to go. You can always piece 2 sheets together with dowels or biscuits but the 5x5 is the best.
My woodworking skills leave much to be desired, so I need the project to be simple. No dowels or biscuits for me. You should have seen my garage full of all the messed up pieces of plywood I experimented on....

Thanks for the tip about the foam. Looks to be the same company, perhaps, that I posted in my link. I'm gonna do two tables at once, so I think I'll grab two sheets.
 

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Yeah same company. Their foam is decent but sometimes when you order a certain size from them they will seam 2 pieces together with a hard glue seam and not tell you. I imagine because in normal upholstery situations the seam isn't a big deal but on a poker table it's very noticeable. You may want to email them beforehand to ask if a sheet that size will be seamed or not. For a 60" round table you should get a slightly bigger sheet to wrap around the edges so at that size it's possible they will seam it.
 

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Yeah same company. Their foam is decent but sometimes when you order a certain size from them they will seam 2 pieces together with a hard glue seam and not tell you. I imagine because in normal upholstery situations the seam isn't a big deal but on a poker table it's very noticeable. You may want to email them beforehand to ask if a sheet that size will be seamed or not. For a 60" round table you should get a slightly bigger sheet to wrap around the edges so at that size it's possible they will seam it.
Awesome advice. I'll be sure to do that.
 

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This is going to become a build thread, I guess.

I have another question. I'm considering adding cupholders to the rail. I had a link bookmarked, but I just tried it and it's broken. (SK forum). Can someone direct me to an instruction page, preferably with pictures? Or maybe T_Chan has some input?
 

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I was actually looking for info on making the holes and upholstering the rail. The last cupholders I did were in the racetrack and playing surface, cut with a hole saw. Do I need to do anything different?

Regarding the rings, too easy. I'll just buy them from you when I get ready.
 

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T_Chan may have something more comprehensive over at his forum, but this is the one I originally did over at keens (copied to PMC for prosperity):

http://perfectmancave.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6741

The method for cutting out the holes will depend on your tools. I use a router with a circle jig (jasper). You can also use a hole saw.
 
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