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Thanks for the compliments.

Its 3/4" birch cut 4" wide. Using 3M spray adhesive we glued 1" high density foam around the top and outside edge. There seemed to be an abundance of beer cases sitting around so that's what we weighted it down with while the adhesive set (pic 1).

Next we layed down a piece of Whisper vinyl, a type of pleather, that through research seemed to be the best stuff to use. Its very plyable and feels like leather. It took two guys and a lot of streching and a ton of staples. Flipped over it looked like a drum (pic 2).
 

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We flipped it back over and cut a square out of the middle, then cut it into strips. This is the only way to do it without ending up with a bunch of wrinkles in your rail (pic 1). It was the hardest part of the whole project, but we just pulled each strip nice and tight one at a time and stapled the heck out of it. Trimmed up the tag ends and the rail was done.

Its kinda of hard to explain but the 4" wide rail also has another 1 1/2" wide 3/4" lip on the bottom outside edge of it, you can see it in the pic. This lip was originally cut out from around the outside of the race track (pic 2) so now the padded rail sits on top of the racetrack and the lip underneath fits right back into place around the outside of the racetrack.
 

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The piece that was cut out from the middle of the racetrack (on the right pic 1) is the playing surface. It got 1/4" pad glued to it similar to a mouse pad and then it got covered with suited casino speed cloth (pic 2). It then pops right back into place.

The board on the left (pic 1) is the base or underneath of the whole table and was the piece that got the 4" hand rail cut out from it originally. The whole project only used 2 4x8 sheets of 3/4" birch. Plus the padding, cloth, whisper vinyl, and the cup holders.

I custom built the legs because the customer wanted the table to sit about 4" higher than a standard table so the chair armrests would fit under it (pic 3). You can buy oak poker table legs very similar to these for about $500. This whole project cost $300 in materials and was very fun to do.

We've since replaced the black plasic cupholders with deeper stainless steel ones so now its even sharper looking. I've also cut out another piece of birch the exact same size as the playing surface, finished it with stain and clear coat so now we can pop out the playing surface and put in this piece and use the table to eat on before the big tournament.
 

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The way poker is so popular on TV these days you could make a living just turning these out. Trust you have a name badge on the table somewhere to let folks know who you are.
best wishes,
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Hey Mike

Its funny that you post that link because that is the board that I lurked on for awhile and gathered all my information to build my table. I actually flirted with the idea of selling the poker tables and still may someday. The biggest problem I saw with selling nationwide is the shipping methods and costs.
 

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Mike is on it man. www.yourautotrim.com is the site where I got my 1/4" playing surface padding, 1" high density foam for the rail, the suited casino speed cloth, and the Whisper faux vinyl for the rail. Just make sure on the 1" padding and vinyl that you get a large enough piece to go all the way around so you don't have any seams. I ordered the 54" X 108" to achieve this, you end up wasting a lot but its worth it to have a nice clean look with no seams. You don't want to piece together the foam underneath either because you will be able to see it through the vinyl. My table has the royal blue suited cloth and cerulean colored vinyl on the rail.

Here is another site I got ideas and information from.
http://www.homepokertourney.com/tables_build.htm

Here are the legs I was going to buy before custom building my own. These look like good solid oak legs and they are standard poker table height.
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=10783&cookietest=1

Here is where I got the original black jumbo drink holders
www.smackdogg.com

Then we went with some jumbo stainless steel ones for the heck of it and they look so much better. What ever kind you get its definitely worth it to go with the jumbo size. Here is the link to those cup holders and also if you click on the customize button up top and launch the customizer, you can see all different kinds of racetrack, rail, playing surface, and cup holder color combos. I spent hours playing around on this thing. Good luck
http://www.pimpmypoker.com/store/ssteelbrasscups.html
 
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