Card Table

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Project by hoss12992 posted 03-30-2013 04:13 PM 1368 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this card table a couple years ago for my son. Its pretty plain, and had to be smaller and lighter weight as he is in college and moving 2 times a year between home and school, a more sustantail table is not feasable. I did the club and spade inlay out of black walnut. The heart and diamond inlay is out of cedar. I used a piece of 3/4” of oak plywood for the table, and trimed it out with oak, as well as using oak on the tapered legs and body of the frame. It has leg adjusters with slide pads mortised into the bottom of the legs. I think it turned out alright.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#1 posted 03-30-2013 04:41 PM

Nice work. I need to learn how to do inlays.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-30-2013 05:16 PM

Magnificant! Does it have game table hinges for the legs to fold for temp storage; such as Samsonite use to put on their tables of the 1960’s? Also I notice it’s eight sided but the usual poker table is limited to seven players so maybe they wer playing something other than bridge or poker? Do you recall the angles you cut it and did you use a circular saw and guide fence on foam to cut the top? I suppose the inlays were cut w/a router and guide bushing; Did you draw the template yourself from hard board or buy the pattern set?

Hoss, you are one creative dude that never ceases to amaze me with the projects you derive!!!

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#3 posted 03-30-2013 05:22 PM

Thanks Monte. I would suggest buying the inlay bit and collar kit that woodcraft sells. Its really easy. Here is a link and you can buy templates or make your own. I made the ones that I used on this table. Also you might wanna check out some youtube video’s on inlay. I know for myself, it helps me to see it done. If I can see it done, then I can do it. It is really easy. Thanks again for the kind comment. Hoss

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 03-30-2013 05:32 PM

Thank you very much Russell, I pulled up some pics in the net, and made my templates from 1/4” scrap plywood I had in the shop. I remember those old game tables, my folks still have theirs. These legs dont fold up. I made it 8 sided as to cut down on the space it took up in my son’s appartment. Their are usually 3 or 4 of them that play cards. Usually spades or rook. I really wanted to add a rook bird holding cards inlay, but couldnt make a suitable pattern that I liked. Time did not allow for me to do it in marquetry. This is one of them projects that will be redone when he finished school and we get his house built on the farm, then I will make him a mac daddy card table. I used the circular saw to cut the table top. On the oak trim I used 22.5 degree cut on the table saw. Def used the spiral down cut bit and bushing on the inlay. It makes it so easy. Thank you so much again, for the kind comments buddy. Hoss

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 03-31-2013 12:51 AM

Hoss, you do some amazing stuff.

I’m glad you’re here at lumberjocks.


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#6 posted 03-31-2013 12:54 AM

Once again, it looks better than alright to me! I have that same inlay set from Woodcraft but have only done bowties with it. Your inlays look perfect. I can’t seem to figure out how big to cut my template to get the size inlay I want.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 03-31-2013 05:53 AM

Thank you Russ and Andy. Much appreciated

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 04-03-2013 01:41 PM

Cool card table! Like the shape and the inlays added a nice touch. Great job!

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#9 posted 04-03-2013 07:48 PM

Thanks Fishinbo

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 05-08-2014 02:48 PM

well done, sir! Tacking this idea on to my project list. Shuffle up and deal!

-- The seeds of doubt need neither sun nor water to flourish, but if they do, cut'em down and make a bench out of 'em.

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