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Anyone who has built a poker table

I was thinking about building a poker table. The thing is I wanted to not make it where it is just a table that is long for Texas Hold'em or just Octagon shaped. I was looking to do one like you would do if you are making a dining table that has leafs to expand it. What do you think about this. Crazy Idea???? Imposible???? DO I need a shrink????

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If you are thinking of building a poker table I'd spend some time on this forum: http://www.scottkeen.com/forum/viewf...2312e364fb2b3f

There are lots of good build threads on there and people who can give advice specific to building poker tables

I don't know about your whole leaf idea since you don't want seams on the playing surface but maybe someone there has done something similar
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I used to build custom tables. I made some pretty decent money on them but the market kinda dried up a couple years ago. When Moneymaker won the world series, hold-em exploded. Suddenly there were tournaments in every town, every weekend and everyone had to have thier own poker table!! So much that I even looked into renting tables for all these tournaments but never could get caught up on custom orders to build enough rental tables.

I agree with the other poster, you dont really want any seams on your playing surface. I personally prefer a seamless rail as well. Ive seen tables that are convertible to be used as a dining table also. Theres got to be a way to do what you want to do but I'm not sure how to go about it.

Go to the project showcase and do a search. There is a member here who builds some really nice custom tables. Maybe you can get some ideas from his posts.

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I was thinking about building a poker table. The thing is I wanted to not make it where it is just a table that is long for Texas Hold'em or just Octagon shaped. I was looking to do one like you would do if you are making a dining table that has leafs to expand it. What do you think about this. Crazy Idea???? Imposible???? DO I need a shrink????
Nothing at all crazy about that. I bought a game table about 40 years ago that fit that exact specification. The I ordered two extra leafs for it and it is now my dining table. Where I also play poker.

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I built both but was never happy with the ones with seams never looked or played as nice as a whole table does. I could post some pics in the am of both one split table was made to fold up now converted to full table . If ya can do it all in one pice and make the legs fold or come off for storage.
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I was thinking about building a poker table. The thing is I wanted to not make it where it is just a table that is long for Texas Hold'em or just Octagon shaped. I was looking to do one like you would do if you are making a dining table that has leafs to expand it. What do you think about this. Crazy Idea???? Imposible???? DO I need a shrink????
I think it's a good idea. Post some good pics so that I have something easy to copy later when I build tables for my game room. Crazy idea? no not really. Definitely not impossible. Yea, you probably need a shrink. This isn't why, but if you're like me, you should see one. They have cool white coats, and sometimes let you play in this room where you can't hurt yourself, and there's a ... uhh, nevermind.
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I built both but was never happy with the ones with seams never looked or played as nice as a whole table does. I could post some pics in the am of both one split table was made to fold up now converted to full table . If ya can do it all in one pice and make the legs fold or come off for storage.
The seams in a table go away when you place a cover it with whatever color cloth you like. You would never play poker on a bare wood table.

The problem with most commercial, octogon poker tables is that they are just too small. My poker group has 7 players (I think that is a common number) and the common table just has the players constantly rubbing elbows.

The standard Texas Holdem table is not good for your standard poker game where there is no "dealer." The problem is that many of the players cannot reach the middle of the table and are constantly throwing chips which then bounce all over the place.

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The black and white table was 2 pices with a hinge to fold in half the guy want to put it in the closet when not in use even the felt had a seam it did play well and I never want to build it that way but that's what he want at the time and the small blue table was made for my old poker room it was Only 9 x9!rooms so had to be small now the poker room is 25 by 45 building with all the tables in it
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