New from NJ, just built my own table (1 Viewer)

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Hey guys, new to the forum but Ive lurked for awhile especially when figuring out how I wanted to build my table back in the spring. Got tons of ideas from here and seems like a great community. I like hosting home games with my friends every now and then. Only been to a casino once and played blackjack but no holdem. Anyway here is my table:
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Built using 3 sheets of 3/4" plywood, 2 birch and 1 maple sheet. I added another 1/4" to the rail to give the full 3/4" rise above the playing surface and to expose more of the LED strip
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I debated for awhile on where to place the cupholders, my brothers and I finally settled on doing it in this arrangement, however looking back I wish I had done a cup holder on each end and added a dealer slot. We rarely rotate dealers and always play either texas holdem or blackjack.
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1/4" closed cell foam, again looking back I probably would have went with high density open cell foam as the closed cell is more sensitive to heavy weight and I have to remind people at the table not to press into the table too hard. It does feel great however
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Went with a Chanman gaming suede with a betting line and suited pattern. Here I am testing the newly installed lights with the diffusers placed preliminarily.
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felt with the rail removed. the playing area is on the 3/4" Maple plywood to give it a more solid feel and to resist warping slightly better than the birch.
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Now came the hardest part. Unfortunately i went with only a single piece of foam. I believe I went with the 70lb. I only really read the stories of how notoriously difficult dealing with 2 pieces of foam is after I had ordered it. again if i were to redo this table id have gone with a single piece. The seams arent THAT bad, but its definitely noticeable and made it look unprofessional.
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I went with the whisper vinyl as i read that it stretched a bit better than other vinyls. It was still rather difficult to work the creases out but a blowdryer helped a lot (or so it seems). One thing I tried researching a lot but could find almost no help with is how to upholster things without lumps. A lot of people make it sound simple to just pull each section equally as tight before stapling but its hard to gauge how tight you need to go. Some areas I pulled tighter than others. I was able to kind of identify most lumps and pull areas tighter to fix it but places like the inside and outside of the curves are noticeably lumpy. Next time I will have a professional upholster it.
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And here is the final product. Well almost final, I still need chairs and I need to finish the base.
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We went with Monte carlo chips, they feel and look great. Also got 2 sets of Copag plastic cards, one set of bridge and one set of poker size. Most people seem to prefer bridge around here but we really like the standard poker size. I also got a shoe and 12 decks of cheap paper cards. Lint rollers are for keeping the table clean of course.
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This is how the lighting is controlled. I wanted more fine tuning to the color range than a standard remote would give me so I hooked each color into a PWM. The colors are white, red, green, blue, and the total brightness. Works great however the total brightness is very sensitive. I printed and glued a little gauge as well, mostly for aesthetics.
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Phish1321

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Hello and welcome to PCF. Great looking table. There are a a lot of members here from Jersey, me included.
 
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DZPoker

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Hello and welcome from another NJersian!

Many thanks for a great post with details! I love when people take the time to post their builds for others to learn from!
 
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fantastic work on the table. You'll want to upgrade the chips soon enough.
 
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fantastic work on the table. You'll want to upgrade the chips soon enough.
lol yea I already want some new chips. These arent too bad though, definitely beats dice chips
 

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Welcome to the Forum!!! Union County here. Great looking build.
 

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That is a nice build. Thanks for all the details and the pics. I am going to eventually have to bite the bullet and build a table. Just need to find a place in the house for it.
 

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Nice build! Welcome to PCF from exit 132 / 11
Do you host a game? My mom lives around the corner from you (Hillside) and we are occasionally out there visiting. Would love to come to any games if you host!
 
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