Rail came up short

Jonny Tre

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So I am in the final stages of building 6 toppers for a new bar league I have started. Simple build, 8-player, 88" x 44" oval on 3/4" ply, 1/4" foam under speed cloth. Everything was cool until the final part, the rail. I ordered the Perfect Padded Rail foam from Casino Supply. No complaints about the company, they did exactly as I asked; provide six 18' sections of the rail (this stuff is expensive BTW). My rail came up 5 inches short! Since each 18' section of rail cost me $85 I don't plan on just ordering longer lengths, instead I'll trim the rail to the edges of the chip tray and pad the dealer station section with something else. Any suggestions on the easiest and cheapest material and way to do this?

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Why don’t you just build a rail with a sheet of plywood, foam, and vinyl and it will look and feel better?
And probably not that much more expensive.

$20 lumber (doesn’t need to be high end)
$20 vinyl (Joanne’s 50% off)
$50 foam
 

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IMO: leave the dealer-spot without rail. This will still look good.
Maybe just some cheaper black plastic molding caps to cover staples in the dealer area.

I agree. Cut back the dealer spots use the molding referred above
 

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And probably not that much more expensive.

$20 lumber (doesn’t need to be high end)
$20 vinyl (Joanne’s 50% off)
$50 foam
I could do that, however, these are tables that need to be portable and will get banged up. Each bar in the league gets 2 tables, and they will need to be set up, taken down and stored after each game night. Keeping them as light (some of my dealers are ladies and are limited in what they can do) and durable as possible, while keep cost to a minimum is the goal. I don't have to pad the section, but as a dealer I know its more comfortable when you have to lean across the table, and it will look a little better.
 

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IMO: leave the dealer-spot without rail. This will still look good.
This might be your best solution.

I have never been a fan of this stuff. Bought it once about 13 or 14 years ago and it went in the trash. Bit the bullet and built a standard rail from plywood, high density foam and Whisper vinyl. These are easily removable and don't have to be screwed down. Not to mention they look sooooo much better.
 

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This might be your best solution.

I have never been a fan of this stuff. Bought it once about 13 or 14 years ago and it went in the trash. Bit the bullet and built a standard rail from plywood, high density foam and Whisper vinyl. These are easily removable and don't have to be screwed down. Not to mention they look sooooo much better.
I agree for my higher end tables I will always build a separate rail (although I do suck at stretching the whisper vinyl around the corners). The foam is cheesy but it holds up well enough for these purposes.
 
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