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How to get a poker table in the dining room and make the wife happy

Discussion in 'Home Game General' started by NiceShot, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. NiceShot

    NiceShot Well-Known Member

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    Hello everyone. I am new to this forum and love all the information you guys share, so I thought I would do some sharing as well.

    I made a table that converts from a poker table into a formal dining table, which is how I got my wife to agree to keep a poker table in the dining room.

    Some info:
    Seats 8 comfortably and 12 not as comfortably.
    Velveteen open cell foam padded center.
    Cabinet grade ply raceway for stacking chips very high.
    Closed cell foam bumper covered in vinyl.
    Multiple width Aluminum cup holders that accommodate beer cans and bottles, high ball and wine glasses.

    My wife wanted the pedastal leg design which is very stable as it is holding essentially two tables of weight.

    Dining table top is getting some final coats of polyurethane in the garage.

    I have never made a table before so this was a special feat for me.
     

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    Here is a pic of underneath the dining table top which sits on the raceway. It locks in place in the cup holders. I glued felt to keep it from scratching the raceway.
     

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    Now I just need to find a good set of poker chips to use on this thing!
     
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    What finish did you use? I like how it came out. It matches the style of the table well. The rectangular top is nice too. You have me a little worried about wood movement, especially if that is pine. You might have some issues with the miters opening up on the ends eventually as the boards along the length of the top expand and contract more than the end board which is perpendicular to the rest.
     
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    Thanks atomiktoaster for the comments :). I used a lot of softwood to make it cheap and easy to work with. You correctly identified pine as being used on the tabletop sections so you must know your woodworking. I was concerned with movement too on the mitered corners, but thought that was a much cleaner design. I used wood glue and kreg jig pocket hole screws on the angled outer frame and panels. I decided to also use some 90 degree corner brackets on the apron as well for the mitered corners as I had the same concern you did. Do you think I should do more to strengthen those corners or the table top? I got some sash locks to lock the top table to the base as well.

    For finish I used dark walnut minwax stain, then a couple coats of danish oil which has tung oil. It hardens the wood and puts a nice gradient on the dark to light colors. Finally 3 coats of semi gloss polyurethane.
     
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    Construction softwood is great, but it's generally pretty wet. What you need to worry about is the board shrinking across the width. It's not something you can fight with more glue and stronger joints, you have to accommodate to what the wood is going to do, both in terms of the initial shrinkage as it dries as well as seasonal variation (which might not be too bad in California, but is significant in Chicago or Boston). I haven't built a table myself, but the classic solution is breadboard ends:

    http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-tips/techniques/joinery/breadboard/
     
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    Thanks for the woodworking tips atomiktoaster . I have never made a breadboard end before but will try this on my next table build. I plan making a large convertible foldout table so I can run some 20 person tourneys and host Xmas dinners. I have a large family.

    Thankfully in CA the air is very dry where I live. I dealt with the shrinkage issue before when not letting the wood dry out... so this lumber sat in my garage for a long time. Hopefully that and the tung oil will help deal with the seasonal shifts.

    Is it humid in Chicago? That's a city I still need to visit. I hear the pub crawls there are epic.
     
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    I chuckled.

    Outside relative humidity ranges from around 20% (winters) to 100% (summers). Indoor relative humidity can approach 0% unless one uses a humidifier. In fact, it's around 3% in my office as I write this.
     
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    I can see why you chuckled :)
     
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    Dining table top complete. Can you tell there is a poker table under there?
     

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    Just... wow... The table looks fantastic.

    I wish I could make something like that, but I can't even saw straight.
     
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    Nice job, happy wife = happy life. Keep us tuned to how the chip buying goes and what you needed to build to make that one happen lol.
     
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    Thanks Bloody. You can do it! I used saw guides and straight edges to get the lines straight. Also followed the rule measure twice and cut once. You tube can empower you :).
     
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    Words to live by Stylin..

    Haha. I was hoping you guys could help me with advice on that one. If I could figure out how to make the chip buying happen... I would have it already.
     
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    Very nice work, NiceShot. It's great with BOTH of you are happy. :)
     
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    Thanks! Yeah I do :). She is getting good enough to beat me 30% of the time at nl holdem now too.

    Gotta get a game going with these...
     
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    Sounds like you have an awesome wife! And the table looks great......and huge! :)
     
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    Thanks Nana. Yeah it definitely has some size on it. Now I need to figure out chairs.
     
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