I hate to post my fugly tables, especially after T_Chan has already won the thread.
That said, I know that there are others like me out there. I don't have the space for a permanent table. Not even a table that can be dressed up with a dining topper. So everything needs to be disassembled and stored between games. I also have never found a fold-up poker table that didn't feel cheap. With that in mind, I present the first of my 3 tables, which is a topper for the dining table.
I built this before I discovered the help available in these forums. They were posted back on CT, so I apologise to those that have to view them twice
. Because I was going virtually advice free, you will find a lot of unique solutions below.
First, I started with 1/2 of a pingpong table that someone abandoned. I cut off the corners to make it into an octagon. I then covered the surface with moleskin. I didn't know about speedcloth and such back then, but moleskin is durable, has a fair card glide, and the "fur" on the backside provides a firm cushioned surface. You may ask how I discovered moleskin, but it's a bit of a long and humorous story, that resulted in me being banned from Hancock Fabrics.
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A closer look at the moleskin. The play surface side has a suede-like feel.
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The cloth is attached with binder clips, available for a few bucks at any office supply store. Available even cheaper from work's office supply room. After attaching the cloth I just pinch and remove the loops
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The dining table, circa 1970. You can get one just like it on Craigslist for $20. If you do, you probably overpaid by $15.
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We take out the leaf and put in a couple of scrap boards. Because the table topper is a pressboard ping-pong table, I wanted as much support under the wood as possible.
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Before we put the topper down, I lay a rug-gripper on top. This prevents the topper from sliding about. It also protects that fake wood laminate on the table.
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Plop on top.
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The rails are repurposed stair treads. At the time of the build, the only tool I has was a circular saw, and I really didn't know how to use that. Still don't really. It has a laser on it, but the laser wont cut shit, you have to use the saw. The stairs have one edge rounded off, so I didn't have to buy a router, and even though it's a wooden rail, it is not uncomfortable. It is designed to breakdown to 2 pieces for storage.
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Stairs would make for a really wide rail, so...
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A closer look at the rail, and my uneven cutting skills.
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Dropping the rail on, and the table starts to look like a table.
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At first I had drilled a couple of holes and had a wooden rod to line up the rail halfs. I later bought a biscuit joiner. This cuts slots that hold wooden wafers that hardly pass for biscuits in the south.
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Underneath the table I have a hook and eye that holds the halves together. Just in case you were wondering about the dangling hook in the previous picture.
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Slide-under cupholders. @Mrs Poker Zombie
wrapped some of the spare moleskin around them for a finished look.
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It measures 56" across, from flat edge to flat edge. A number of players have problems pulling pots, sweeping the muck, and so forth, but some players find it to be their favorite table because we're self-dealt, and the other 2 tables are oval-ish.
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