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eSamuels
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I want to line a Plexiglas table top with material that looks good and allows for ease of maneuvering whatever is on the table - cards or, in most cases, I use this table for a routine that involves a pile of jigsaw puzzle pieces.

I recall seeing a discussion some time ago of 'non-magic-store' sources for said material, but can't seem to find the thread, and would also like to re-open the discussion to any new idea.

The material doesn't have to have a close-up pad type surface, but it should have some kind of thin padding.

Appreciate any help!

e
Sir Richard
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I make many types of table tops & use 3 different types of material.

1.) Billiard cloth.
2.) Velvet, bought at Hobby Lobby.
3.) Veltex, which is more expensive & is made by the Velcro corporation. It has a very thin layer of foam padding under it.

I also put down a quarter inch foam thick pad 1st that I buy from a shop here that reupholsters furniture. I believe Bill Palmer also talked about table-top material in the past.

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MAGICBYTIM
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If you are looking for the table itself I use wood cutting boards. Already cut to good sizes. Then I cover with the material listed above.
Bill Hegbli
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It is not clear what you are tring to accomplish. I would imagine you are trying to protect the Plexiglass, if that is the case, just a a cover out of any of the materials mentioned by Sir Richard, Pool Table felt would be the best, but it is expensive and has to be purchased from a Pool Table store that does repairs.

Then just sew the felt so it will wrap under the table top. Place elastic in the hem so it will pull the felt taught. If you are only using it for puzzle pieces there is not need for foam, foam may stick to the plexi if left on for a length of time, so the foam should have a layer of felt between the plexi and foam. Foam can be purchased at any good fabric store in different thicknesses.
Brian Tanner
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I've seen people use "headliner" material. This is used by auto custom shops, and is often available at fabric stores. It has a thin padded underside.
eSamuels
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Allow me to clarify.

The issue is not to protect the table top surface, but to allow easier handling of the objects on the table. A cushioned surface make sit easier to grab items as they need to be redistributed.

I cannot wrap any material under the table top, as the top has a raised rim (by design). So, whatever I use would need to simply sit flush with the table top, inside the outer rim.

I was initially thinking a thin but somewhat dense foam with some kind of an finish on one side, that could simply be cut to size and placed on the table top.
But in retrospect, perhaps the foam isn't necessary for the 'manipulation' (not in a magical sense) of the puzzle pieces.

I will do some investigating at local stores, now that I have a couple of actual products to ask for.

Thanks, all.

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hocuspocusjay23
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I agree with Brian, the headliner material may work. However it is not very heavy. When you put it on a headliner of a car, it is glued down with 3m glue.

Good luck
MitchellMac
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I got you! I am not using a close up pad of the sort but a desk blotter! The one I got is a great size for 20 bucks. So go to office depot and look for a desk blotter. When you see them they will appear leather. don't LET THIS FOOL YOU! Turn it over and take a look at the fabric. It is absolutely perfect. So all I did was purchase a desk blotter from office depot and flip it over and you have a perfect close up Pad. It is stiff so you cant fold it up. I highly recommend this and I hope this is the answer that you are looking for.
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I'd want the padding to be thin, so that I could slide the pieces around, if I wanted to, yet would hold pieces in place, as long as the table wasn't tilted steeply. I'd attach some velvet to a piece of masonite, that was cut to size to fit the recess, by wrapping it around the masonite and holding it in place with double-sided carpet tape. Then, I'd use more carpet tape to attach some felt to the underside of the masonite.
MitchellMac
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I'm tellin you guys... Desk blotter is the way to go.
padre rich
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Spanish close up pads are available from the Magic Apple. The large regular pad is HUGE and made of a very fine poker felt. You could use spray adhesive to put it on you table. Call Brent at the Magic Apple because those pads are going fast.
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hagemagic
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Just ask Pattrick to cut you one the size that you need. Can't miss here.

http://www.pmsmagic.com/mats.htm
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