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I've been shopping around and have found the materials for my new table. I'm going with red & beige...either red felt/beige rail, or beige felt/red rail.

If anybody else is thinking of building and wants to use good quality stuff, I figured I'd offer that maybe we could buy our stuff together and save a few bucks.

I'm gonna go with actual gaming table felt. Here's the web site and the best price I've found...

http://www.thefeltpeople.com/pages/colo ... icloth.htm

It's $30/yard if I buy enough for just me. If we get 6 yards or more then it's $26 and we obviously save some on shipping also. That's a good price. The same stuff at Highlands Upholstery (where I bought stuff the first time) is $50-$60 per yard.

You can find the vinyl much cheaper, but here's where I'm gonna get it from...

http://home.earthlink.net/~marinevinyl/

He E-Bays it for $9 a yard.
 

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Check http://www.pokernstuff.com

That seems to be the most common place to buy materials over the net. They have just about any color of felt and or velveteen that you would ever want. They also sell foam, drink holders, toke boxes, etc. etc.
 
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Yeah...I saw them too. They have all their felts available on Ebay.

They're real cheap, but it's that velveteen stuff and not real felt. I suppose it might be just as good, but I think I'm gonna be stuck up about it and go for the real deal...wool gaming felt. That's why I picked that place I mentioned. They were the cheapest I could find with the good stuff.
 
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Why do you believe velveteen better than wool felt?

Velveteen is an inexpensive immitation felt, so why would it be better than the real thing?

I know that regular synthetic felts would never hold up on a table, but wool felt is made for exactly that purpose. It's thick, heavy duty, won't wear, and it's what just about every professional casino table is made from.

If you're saying it's the only way to go for the value, then I'd agree with you. It's a fraction of the cost, but there's a certain novelty to the real stuff, don't you think?
 

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I highly disagree that Velveteen is an "inexpensive immitation felt". It's a different material all together.

The cards play great on it, it's avail. in loads of color, the price is right, and it stands up to wear and tear. To add to that, it's very very popular as well with table builders.

Sure, a purist would say that felt is the only way to go, but Velveteen is a great option that people shouldn't rule out.
 
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Ash said something to me today that made me check out Quads table pics. It's been a while since I've cruised around pcpotato.com

I found this table that I've fallen in love with...Now THIS is gonna be the next table that I build...

http://webpages.charter.net/gsorensen/t ... e%2012.JPG

Oh yeah, Babe... :D

That table kicks booty. I'm gonna mix up the colors, but I am all over that. (If I can ever actually find somebody to buy the one I have now. :cry: )

Daddy...I think we have our work cut out for us on this next table build.
 

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You are gonna try that one huh? I was going to go for the drink holder look as well until I though about all the potential spills that could happen. My vote would be to go for the same look without the cup holders.

I do like the race track style of table. It will be a tough one to build but a joy to play on.
 
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Spills, huh? You got a point. There you go bursting my bubble. I love the look, even with the cupholders. I need to give this some consideration...
 

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If I may be so bold as to further rain on your parade, you stand to be very disappointed if you try to aim for something like that and the cost will be much more than that of the Quad's Signature Series.

The beauty of Quad's table design is that it allows for very rough woodworking. It all gets covered and need only be pretty close to perfect.

With the design your looking at, you'll need to be very precise with the piece (or even worse pieces) that make up the "race track" (to use BK's term). And that section will not be cheap. That is NOT a $35 piece of plywood. It's either hardwood or veniered plywood (depending on if the edges show or not). Don't be surprised to find that that section will cost you upwards of $80.

However much that section ends up being, you're looking to ADD that to the price of Quad's table - you'll still need the table top and rail material. I'd guess that ther is also extra framing involved.

Don't get me wrong - it looks slick and is certainly doable, but don't fool yourself into believing that it'll be as cheap or even close to as easy as the table you have now.

(And I agree with BK, lose the cupholders - that's just begging for something bad to happen.)
 

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You love the look as those tables, as do I, but I'll tell you this, after playing on one, you will hate it. The felt and the "racetrack" section are not level. Try picking up chips or cards from the racetrack surface. Try not exposing your cards to the guy across from you when they sit on the uneven surface, half and half.

Looks cool, plays shitty.

Chicks don't dig them.

You want to try it? Some catch one of the other games I play where they have one of those tables.
 

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...after playing on one, you will hate it.
This honestly doesn't surprise me at all. It would be damn near impossible to get the felt and "race track" level and I could see it being a constant problem getting cards to or off the track.

Function before flash. That's my guideline.
 
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I have ordered samples of everything that we talked about here...

I got a velveteen sample from the site that Quads mentioned above, and I got felt & vinyl samples from the two places that I originally mentioned when I started this thread.

If anybody wants to check them out when I get them, let me know...
 

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Bring 'em to the next game at my house if you wouldn't mind.
 
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