We started out with a used table top that needed to be recovered, so we got to skip a few steps.
But a good resource to check out is Home Poker Tourney
, with several examples that will take you all the way from designing a table and what type of wood to use to a completed table. Of course, none of them have put an LCD in one yet...
You also need to choose the type of foams you'll use for the padded rail and under the table surface. We went with Your Auto Trim.com
as a supplier, with the following choices...
Padded rail foam...http://www.yourautotrim.com/hide1rafo.html
Play area foam...http://www.yourautotrim.com/2eo14volara.html
There are, of course, several choices for these, but you have to find choices that work for you.
We like the play area to be pretty firm, and since our LCD will have a border of solid edging, too soft of a foam would end up providing a visible lip.
For the cloth and rail vinyl, we went with Sadler and Carter
The cloth we chose is Black Suited Speed Cloth...http://www.sadlerandcarterpoker.com/poker_tables/suited_casino_speed_cloth.htm
And the vinyl is...http://www.sadlerandcarterpoker.com/poker_tables/poker_table_rail_vinyl.htm
The website only has black vinyl listed, but in the store we were able to get the color we wanted ordered. It's called "WHI-2123 Luggage"...http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/yourautotrim-store_1951_61445641
If you're in the DFW area, these guys treated us great and made the effort to order the color of vinyl we wanted. Plus, we were impatient and didn't want to wait for it to ship after it came in.
Also, there's a few items you'll need specifically for this type of crazy idea.
- A length of 5/32in by 1 1/4in PVC Lattice board, or something similar, thin and wide.
- A small section of 1/2in MDF board or something else that can be used as the shelf under the LCD.
Four 4in long machine screws or bolts, and the nuts and washers to go on them, as well as 4 wing nuts to use for adjustment.
Power Tools used:
(and a selection of drill bits)
- Staple Gun
(Get one BEFORE trying to cover a table like this)
(Helps to have a sharp blade, and one intended for the material you'll be cutting)
Hand Tools used and misused:
(for the nuts on the adjustment shelf)
- Sanding block
(and sandpaper, for cleaning up rough cuts)
- Utility knifes
(Sharp blades are a requirement)
- Exacto Knife
- Various rulers, tape measures, and a Carpenter's Square
And lastly, you'll need some spray on adhesive. The brand and type don't matter as much as following the directions on the can.