12-18-2008, 04:58 PM
World Series Final Table
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Reading, England
"Ace and a Face" UK Custom Tables Review by Stevenh72
"Ace and a Face" UK Custom Tables Review
Manufacturer: Ace and A Face
Average Price: £300-£1000
Material: Many Options (see my Comments below)
- Large Range of options for table
- Excellent communication
- Efficient and regular progress updates
- Cheap prices compared to importing from the US
- Excellent customer service
Cheapest available = £300
Most expensive available = £3530
Very little to none, my table has not made a single noise so far, which is exactly what I look from it.
Te craftsmanship that goes into these tables really gives them a beautiful finish.
With such a vast range of options for the tables, originality is not an issue.
It can be a tricky business finding a quality and affordable custom table living in Europe, but the tables offered by AAAF are of a great quality, and I would fully recommend using them.
- Due to weight of the table shipping is expensive
- Long lead time, due to table being built single handedly & at weekends
I faced two major problems when considering what to do in order to obtain a quality custom table. Firstly I may as well have my hands tied behind my back when attempting any form of DIY/ Construction as I wouldn’t do a worse job. Secondly and maybe more of a barrier to obtaining my goal was my residency outside of the US. In the UK there are very few small scale table makers, however one day I stumbled across a website which instantly tickled my Pituitary Gland sending my Endorphin Levels through the roof.
Ace and a Face (AAAF) custom tables are made by a very friendly, assertive man named Gareth. Within 2 hours of sending my table specifications in, I received a phone call from a man who is obviously very enthusiastic and talented at what he does.
After just a handful of phone conversations and emails we had agreed upon a final specification. One aspect about Gareth that filled me with confidence were the suggestions he made regarding my table spec, you get a sense that he takes pride in every table he builds, and wants every table to be built to its highest specification, whilst sticking to the customers budget (even if it meant he had to drop a couple of prices to stick within mine). Other manufacturers I emailed replied to my original inquiry with a “this table will cost £xxx, and will take xx weeks, but the personal attention you receive with AAAF I feel is very refreshing.
As for the tables themselves, AAAF offers three table options: 48” round, Oval 6’x3’ – 10’x4’ and custom.
Within these sizes, almost all specifications are customizable, available in an array of colours (where applicable):
o Executive Birch/ Brazil
o Classic Birch/ Brazil
· Dealer Position
o Metal legs (red, blue, black silver)
o Adjustable chrome legs
o Wooden Pedestals (3 or 4 legs)
o Twin wood pedestal (6 or 8 legs)
o Twin Wood Pedestal with stretcher bar (4 or 6 legs)
o Gaming rail with footrest
o No Legs
· Finish (various)
· Dining table top (Standard, Skirted, glass)
· Under Rail Lighting (various colour)
· Raised Rail (12m – 18mm)
o Decorated raiser
· Rail Cover
o Standard Vinyl
o Whisper (“leather” vinyl)
o Symphony (premium faux leather)
o Padded suede
o Shock Carbon Fibre
· Play Surface (SSC, USC, Ultra soft velveteen, Mini SSS, Custom Sub-dyed)>
· Chip trays, Drop Box
· Racetrack (with the option of chips inlaid in the racetrack)
· Decorative nails
· Card Shuffler (Shuffletech)
Whilst these are all the options listed of Gareth’s website, he didn’t have the “raised rail” options available before starting work on my table, so a simple inquiry about a product he doesn’t advertise can normally be catered for.
One drawback to the tables is that Gareth only makes these tables as a part time occupation only having time to work on the tables at weekends, creating a long lead time for the tables.
Since beginning work on my table, Gareth has emailed me regularly with updates, and photo progress, which really filled me with confidence, as having a 10-12 week wait for a table is made much easier by having regular updates so you know exactly what is happening with the table itself.
To my knowledge there are only 2 other custom table manufacturers to deal with in the UK, these are: Masino, GQ Poker tables, and Full House poker tables. Masino deal mainly with bulk orders, which is not ideal for us enthusiasts as it boosts their prices. Masino again are quite expensive, and in my opinion offer an inferior range of specifications.
Here are some of the progress photos I received from start to finish of the build:
Last edited by TenPercenter; 12-24-2008 at 04:16 PM.