Card Table Top

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Project by Sodbuster posted 12-02-2011 09:25 PM 1785 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some gents at a local organization wanted an upgraded table for their regular card games. This one similar to what they had, just better woods and finish. No base, they just wanted a top to go over an existing plain table. Red oak from my own place with Hond. mahogany. Padded felt of the type used for pool tables. Felt surface 38” across flats, pockets 2 1/2” deep. They wanted a grainy appearance, so I didn’t use a paste filler. Grainy they got.

I’m fairly pleased with the outcome, just wish I had more time to work on it. Lesson learned, as a part-time woodworker, be careful what you promise as to delivery. Finish barely dry before 8 guys were playing at it.

-- M Clark, Georgia

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#1 posted 12-02-2011 09:27 PM

Looks super Sod,well done.

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#2 posted 12-03-2011 02:25 AM

That’s awesome. I’d like to place an order for one, please. ;)

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#3 posted 12-03-2011 07:38 PM


I just want to have one like this in my home

Nice job
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#4 posted 12-03-2011 08:59 PM

It’S a beautiful poker top.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 12-04-2011 01:23 AM

always liked those..have a plan,or is it your own design?

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#6 posted 12-04-2011 08:43 AM

Thanks for the kind comments.

While roughly based off the old table, structurally my own design. Started with an oddball sheet of plywood I had, 7/8” thick all yellow poplar (tuliptree) the same size as the felt. Added mitered 1×2” oak under that to surround the existing table top and add support to the thinner vertical oak pieces forming the back of the boxes. A circle of 1/2” 7 ply hardwood plywood under the boxes is the real strength of the piece as to the boxes, with the rest of the box structure affixed to that. Everything glued and screwed. Didn’t like the look of the grain of the plywood showing with the grain not in parallel with the rest of the boxes, so added sawn veneer from the same tree in the bottoms before the mahogany dividers were added. Felt and pad then stretched and spray glued over 1/4 lauan plywood to which I had previously countersunk and epoxied 1” machine screws which fit into matching countersunk holes in the 7/8’ plywood.

There might well be easier ways to end up with the same result, but thinking about it any more makes my head hurt.

-- M Clark, Georgia

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