The total cost was about $300, and if I had to guess I'd say I got 40 hours? into it. It difficult to say because I have been puttering on it for a long time and whenever I did get a chance to work on it I got interrupted a lot. The cost in real $ was on the low side because I bought the Maple (the top and the legs) from an auction and the Walnut (the trim on the base) from a farmer who had had it stored in a barn for the past decade. Had I had to buy that all at a store it would have probably added at least another $200.
Planer blades $50
1 poplar board I bought at a store $25 (for the depth of the chip wells)
Fabric and padding $75 (the fabric is the best quality stuff I could find on the internet, it's teflon coated even. the padding was closed cell 1/4" thick)
Spray glue, poly, stain, staples, bolts, wood glue, sandpaper etc etc $25
It's actually all stained with natural, which is basically clear stain. The differences in colors are all from the varied wood I chose. The top I alternated Maple heartwood with Maple sapwood, the base is cabinet grade birch plywood with black walnut trim, and the legs are maple again.
I like octagon tables. Never understood why (personal) tables are ovals. Sucks to try to deal from and end of an octagon. BTW, if anyone ever needs octagon help, I found a pretty cool Octagon Generator that helps with lengths.
For mostly non-community games I always thought it would be cool to somehow wire a nice looking light system to each position, then you could add a night-light type sensor in front of each player. Then, when someone had their cards over the sensor their light would be lit. Why do this? How many times, again in a non-community game, do you have the "Oh, I'm not in this hand [cards shift]" or "Hey, you missed me [cards shift]". Not to mention you could use any color lenses and light system you want. If their light's on, their in the hand. Easy enough to deal to
I guess it would help people from fold/check/bet out of turn even in a community dealt game.
Not sure where you could get night-light type sensors, but it doesn't seem it would be too hard to wire up.