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Old 08-10-2012, 02:21 PM
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Default My craps table build

I got this bright idea last year to build my own craps table.

The table I built morphed into many forms, each one a little better than the previous form.

It is still in progress. I am trying to turn the table into a table I can be proud of. I'll keep you updated as I progress. It is going to take a few entries to get to the point I am at right now.

This is a forum copy of what I posted on my blog at claytonfelt.com

What a pain it is to put this in forum format. Too bad it won't let me just paste the html from my wordpress blog.

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Summer 2011:

At first it was going to be a portable thing to have some fun with friends, while camping, or at friends's houses.
I set out to build a foldable, portable table.
Here is what I ended up with.









I never took a picture of it folded up, but it folded down the center and the ends folded up as well.

I bought the layout from target.com. I needed some chips, and an ON/OFF puck, so I went to amazon.com and found a set.



I bought a stick and some good dice from Amazon also.
We were on a roll and wanting more!



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Old 08-10-2012, 02:35 PM
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A solid start! Craps is a great game.

Gonna add some egg-shell foam to the walls?


P.S. Prepare to take crap for the chips. Not personal, it's just what people do here. Check out some of the poker table build threads here, I bet a lot of ideas are transferable.
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Fall 2011:
At this time, it was sitting on my pool table, which can also be a small ping pong table. We wanted more.
I got to looking around, and found an old waterbed frame that was not going to ever be used again. I decided to cut it into the necessary lengths needed,
and put it on a fresh piece of mdf cut to size.
We cut and readjusted the waterbed padded rails, and we had us a craps table!







This worked even better. You could drag the dice across without hitting hinges, and you had a real box to contain the dice when thrown.
I discovered the need for more chips, so I ordered another set from amazon.
I got tired of containing all those chips and ordered a blackjack table chip tray. I added it to my table like this







This worked out great! I also bought 10 of those plastic five row chip trays for everyone to use. These work great too.





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Oh, nice! You have developed it a bit already! I thought the first post was where you are now.

Waterbed rail re-purposing. You, my friend, are gonna fit right in here! Welcome, by the way. This place is full of MacGyver wannabees, that was a great mod! Is more coming?

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We are playing on our usual Wednesday night, and my wonderful wife comes downstairs and drops a big cardboard box in the middle of the table. She says, "Happy Birthday"!

We open it up and there is the diamond shaped ends for the table! I had been really wanting these, but they are expensive.

Without them you really can't practice dice control at home.

Now the problem:

The diamond ends are 11" tall and won't fit on my waterbed walled table without trimming them. I don't want to do that, so here we go again.

I buy some 2x12 lumber from the local lumberyard and build another box. I find that with the waterbed padded rails hanging on the side, it won't be tall enough to clear the diamond ends. I add another layer of 2x4's on top of that. This thing is getting really tall now.

I also put it on it's own legs and set it next to the pool table. The pool table has a new top on it as well. A full size ping pong table that I brought back from my parent's house.







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They put a new casino in our area, December 2011. I've been there several times, and realized my table isn't really long enough to be helpful as practice for dice control. Now I'm trying to figure out how to make it longer. I decide to add an extension to one end. This includes two more legs. Now this thing has six legs!

You can also see a very cheesey attempt at a chip rail/tray on the side. It was just an attempt. I ditched that idea. I would later come up with a way better idea.





I couldn't find the felt to match my layout at Hancock's, so I got what I could. It's green, but not right. (it matches my light though)







The padded rails are short now. I make some new ones with some vinyl from Hancock's and some foam. I made them from plywood, and didn't do a very good job. I also got some darker felt, and centered the layout. This actually helped the throwing of the dice, as the chips were not so close to the end when placed on the pass line.








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Interesting to see where this is going...


I have a couple of real 12' craps layouts just waiting to become part of a nice home table...
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Wow, Shadow. 2 12 foot layouts! My table at the moment is only 8ft. But I'm interested. How did you happen to end up with those?
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Summer 2011:

At first it was going to be a portable thing to have some fun with friends, while camping, or at friends's houses.
Camping.

You're doing it right.



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Wow, Shadow. 2 12 foot layouts! My table at the moment is only 8ft. But I'm interested. How did you happen to end up with those?
My mother-in-law used to work at Sunset Station in Vegas. She procured me a couple that they took off the tables. I used to have one of them hanging like a tapestry in the basement.
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