Originally Posted by Bob23bk
Bet that sucker is heavy! Also bet it doesn't wobble anymore lol. I think it came out very nice as well... Looks amazing, great job! Quite an upgrade there from your last, and surely you'll put it to good use. Curious about your changes in plan: why'd you end up using blue speed cloth, what changed your mind about racetracks? I'm guessing the dimensions changed to get the right shape for the track?
It’s not as heavy as you would think believe it or not – but it’s pretty heavy. I can move it around by myself, but if I had to move downstairs or even off my front porch I would need help. I built in handles in the hopes that I could move it by myself, but that turned out to be more of a nice feature when your buddy helps you move the table.
I actually stole the dimensions from BBOPokertables.com
One of their 10-seat tables was 92” x 44” and I’m glad I went with those dimensions now. My main concern, at the time, was how wobbly the old table was. I was pretty amazed how cutting 4” off each side reduced that wobble. Also, the new table is much heavier and the folding metal legs (also from BBOPoker) are twice as wide as my last set of table legs. The BBO legs were a little pricy, but turned out to be well worth it.
As for the racetrack, I just figured that if I’m going to do this I’ll go ahead a build a racetrack table. In my experience, racetracks are much more for looks than anything else; in fact they’re kind of a pain for the players. One of the things I really hate is when the felt is 1/4” higher than the racetrack, as I see on just about every table I’ve seen – even professionally made tables. So, I actually added a 1/4” sheet of plywood under the racetrack to prevent the height difference. Plus, I made the racetrack much narrower than suggested by most websites I looked at; the cup holders are just inside the rail – so it was kind of a balancing act and it turned out pretty well – I’m very pleased.
As for the felt – In my earliest playing days, at some real run-down places, the speed cloth was terrible and absolutely sucked. From those days forward I have had that experience in my mind – but if you do speed cloth right – it’s really nice – I only wish I would have gone with it on my last table – it’s not all that much more expensive; about $10 more than velveteen is all.
Originally Posted by timfbmx
wow that's freaking awesome You got skills man. Makes me want to do something similar. Way cheaper than buying one brand new. PRob better quality too.
You can buy them with shipping and all (and folding legs) for $600-ish, $1200+ with actual legs; I’ll bet I spent more like $800-$900 on this one – but there were lots of things I had to buy that I didn’t have; a pneumatic staple gun for example. I’ll bet I could build it again for $600 – but, I know I built it rather than bought it – plus I think those $600 tables you can buy have lots of MDF as opposed to wood – mine is solid oak.
Originally Posted by topper39
Wow! Looks fabulous really. Actually, it looks so good you can even make them bespoke, have you thought about it?
I have actually, quite a bit to be honest. The trouble is that in order to make any real money
, I would need to be charging $1200-$1500 and you can buy them for half that. Bespoke may be the selling point though – “spend a little more and get exactly what you want.” My brother already wants one that has a racetrack in the shape of the track at Daytona National Speedway, minus the embankments – a little planning and I could do a NASCAR themed table – who knows, there might just be a market for that kind of thing.
I did think about putting an ad on Craig’s List and seeing what kind of responses I get…we’ll see.