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Are you a Dapper Dan Man?
If so, you can make your own poker table!

For more poker table building info, visit http://www.scottkeen.com/forum/

Most of this tutorial teaches you how to apply your f.oam, fabric, and vinyl to the poker table. Maui Poker has but together a great page on how to cut out and build your poker table. Before you go any further, click here to visit his site to learn the first steps. I did a few things different but pretty much ended up with the same result.

Here are a few tips that may help you. Instead of using a wire and a pen to make the line for the arch, I took a strip of wood that was 4"x30 inches and made a little hole at one end for the finishing nail and cut little notches on the side to hold the pencil. This way if you make several poker tables, you can have the exact same measurements all the time. I also used a router with a round over to give the end of the rail and nice rounded corner. If you do not have a router, make sure you sand all your edges.

Alright, now that you have your poker table all cut out and ready to go, let's move on.

It is always best to use one large piece of f.oam and easier, but if you have two use two pieces of f.oam, this is the way that I found best to do it. If you do it correctly, you will not feel the seam under your cloth. You will not have to use batting if you use one piece of f.oam.

Start with your one piece of f.oam and lay it on your poker table so you have a straight edge. This is important so when you are laying the second piece of f.oam it will fit up against it. Once you have it right, I like to take a pencil and mark the poker table so I know where to spray the glue and so I can lay the f.oam back down again in the correct spot.

Once the f.oam is in place, put something heavy on one end so it will not slide around (I use bricks).

Once the bricks are in place on half of your f.oam, fold it back and spray your poker table with glue. Now lay the f.oam back down making sure to follow your pencil line on the poker table were you marked the edge of the f.oam.

Now do the other side the same way

Now it is time to do the other side. Lay your f.oam on top so it is overlapping your other f.oam. Now pull it towards the poker table edge (away from the center of the poker table) so it aligns with your other f.oam. It is best to do it this way instead of pushing it towards the f.oam edge.

It is very important that you do not overlap it and then force only the edge of the f.oam down (without moving the entire f.oam). It will give you a nice f.oam to f.oam edge but your second piece of f.oam will be a little more compressed in that area and you will feel it (I speak from personally experience). If you are going to put batting on top, it is best to have a little gap then compressed f.oam, but you should be able to get it to butt right up.

Once you have it in the right spot, go ahead and put bricks on half of it so it does not move. lift up half you f.oam and get ready to glue.

IMPORTANT!
Below you put down your glue, get some masking tape and tape the side of the f.oam. If you do not do this and spray the glue, there is a very good chance that you will get glue on the side of your f.oam. This is bad because your f.oam will be "harder" in this area and you will be able to feel it.

After the tape is on, I like to put another piece of scrap f.oam on top so I don't get any over spray on top of the f.oam. Newspapers, cardboard, or anything else will work fine.

Once you spray the poker table, remove the tape. and lay down the f.oam. Do it slow and watch where the f.oam meets up with the other f.oam and make sure there are no gaps or "f,oam compression". Do not press on the f.oam as you lay it down. If you mess up laying it down, it is real easy to lift it back up and start over. Once you press hard on the f.oam, the glue starts to stick.



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