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lighted raised rail table // how to

Discussion in 'Poker Table Forum' started by meatboy, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. meatboy

    meatboy Faux Clay Nation

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    Due to the request of a few members a small tutorial of how to build a raised rail poker table...

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    Here are the plans / profiles (all units in centimeters):

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    I have used three sheets of wood. One for the base, one for the playing surface and one for the rail and the raiser (same coloured parts in the profile are from one sheet)

    Lets getting started:

    1st is to route the rail. I have used 12mm OSB board (similar to ply but lighter and stronger). I have routed the circular parts and cutted the straight parts with my circular saw and jig saw.

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    done :)

    i have used the cut out to make the 4cm hight raiser blocks.

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    1st cut into the playing surface board to get the outer rail lid (the small part that will be attached under the rail)

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    assembling the rail (the white hartboard is to attach the LED strip):

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    also hartboard to the outside of the rail

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    2nd cut into the playing surface board to get the lid where the plexiglass is going to screwed on and the playing surface itself.
    Cut is 6mm to have enough space for the 3mm plexiglass and 2mm hartboard at the outside of the playing surface (more pics for that later)

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    Rail attached on the base board, also the plexiglass lid

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    Plexiglass srewed to the lid

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    1st test using a rope light

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    upholstering the rail (foam only to the top)

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    hartboard to the outside of the playing board (not to impress the foam on the edges)

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    routing a channel for the LED power cord

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    now the LED Strip is glued into the rail

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    stickers attached to the plaxiglass

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    and final assembling :)

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  2. spikeithard

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    well done.. many thanks
     
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    Great post very easy to follow
     
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  4. spikeithard

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    the only thing I am wondering.. in the 4th and 5th pictures from the bottom, is that the rail upside down? It looks odd. cant really follow it.
     
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  5. meatboy

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    yap, exactly!
     
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  6. spikeithard

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    sorry if I missed this in another thread but what would this all cost me minus the stickers over the light, the wood legs and the custom cloth. just the stock table without the legs?

    thanks
     
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    great how to thread, only thing i can say i don't like about the table is that it's made out of particle board. otherwise, as everyone has mentioned, fabulous table.
     
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    Hey Meatboy, what IYO is the best width for each of the three main pieces of wood? Also the pink strip in the 6cm slot next to the plexiglass is hart board, to keep the insert in place? Is the large strip of hart board around the outer part of the rail to hide the wood feel?

    - That last Pic makes all the hard work worth it. Is your custom cloth from Rye Park? Thx Meat for your generosity and patience with us dreamers.
     
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  9. meatboy

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    I'm not a professional so i can't tell you a reasonable price, but you are free to calculate the materials i have used...

    It's a cost-benefit calculation cause ply is really expensive in germany. One plate is about $140, thats $110 more than a plate of particle board :wink:
     
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  10. ChanmanPokerTables

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    definitely makes sense, that's a ridiculous price for plywood.
     
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    OSB is not at all the same thing as particle board. It's far more like plywood.
     
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    Wow $140 for a 4x8 of ply, GDAM! Its typically $40-100 here n the states depending on quality of wood. What is the width u used for the three main pieces of wood? Could I use 3/4 for the base and 1/2 or 5/8 for the play surface and rail, or is this not reasonable?

    - Sorry for asking the same Q's twice.
     
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    Thanks so much for posting this, the raised rail is a great way of hiding any imperfections you may have in the playing surface being cut out with the jig saw, me being a perfectionist sees every flaw from when I have to hand cut a piece
     
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    sorry, havn't seen the 1st question :wink:

    My base is 16mm = 0.63" ~ 5/8"
    Playing surface and rail is 12mm = 0.47" ~ 1/2"

    Hope that helps :wink:
     
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    osb is better than mdf, but it's still got the same downside. osb is prone to sagging, and will absorb moisture more than plywood. use plywood if it's practical, in meatboy's case it wasn't. just my two cents.
     
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    - the hard board around the playing surface keeps the felt levelled.
    - without the hard board around the rail you would feel the raiser blocks within the rail
    - my felt was printed by pokerstore.cc (austrian company)
    - you are welcome :)
     
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    meatboy, what color is your speed cloth? sand color? platinum??
     
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    Wow awesome job!
     
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    If you look close you'll see that most of the pictures show an older first installed speed cloth, and the final picture shows his custom printed speedcloth. As for the first pics, that is Bronze speedcloth, I have the same on my table. The custom cloth on the bottom pic I cannot speak to as that cloth started out as white and all images and color were sublimated onto it. Palm Imports, a sponsor here, has the capability to do those although I don't believe that's who did Meatboy's....

    In fact - from his post -

    - my felt was printed by pokerstore.cc (austrian company)
     
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  20. meatboy

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    thanks BPTDirector :)

    @spikeithard: try to read the text carefully. Most of your questions are answered there already (or in my related threads) :wink:
     
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