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Kard16
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I was wondering if any of you knew were to get a card table from, because I don't have a good working surface
Stefan Rupar
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Do you have a prejudice against laying down a close-up pad on an existing table?

If you would like to have a fancy dedicated table like on the L&L tapes, call them and they will direct you to the man who makes them and sells them for a lot, a lot, of money.

Or you could make your own, which is what I would do. I'm sure you will get some good hints on this, down the line.
Kard16
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all righty then, where do you get a close up pad
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i just made my own close up table-top because i was sick and tired of my close-up pads coming apart and i always wish i had a larger surface.

so for about $20 i went to the store(s) and bought...

some felt (on sale)
some 1/2 in inch soft foam cut to 2'x3'
spray adhesive
2' x 3' 1/4" piece of plywood
strips of wood cut to line the plywood on all sides, plus 2 more strips to strengthen the middle of the board. (1/4" plywood warps).

lucky for me the guy down the street makes furniture so i just walked all the wood down to his house and he staple-gunned it all in a few minutes.

i sprayed the wood with the adhesive.
i put down the foam and it stuck just enough.
i stretched and stapled the felt all around
underneath (which is easier than you'd think to keep stretched because of the foam)

it's the best thing i've ever used, period!

I think felt is probably not the most durable or desirable fabric but this was sort of a trial run for me because i want to make a nice close-up table eventually.

so in an hour, i was a happy guy!

there is also another thread on this in the "Workshop" forum.
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You could also keep an eye out in second hand stores or auctions, they do come up occasionally, thats where I got mine. As Fstarsinic said though, felt is not the most durable of materials though, so you might need to get the staple gun out anyway...
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If you want a high-quality, long-lasting surface, buy some top grade billiard table cloth. The higher the quality the longer it will last. I use "Simonis" or "Granito" (these are brand names) imported billiard cloth to line my leather wand cases, coin wallets and to top my close-up tables. In my estimation nothing works better. The traditional color is green, but many other colors are available.

Just be sure to buy the highest quality you can find; it's sometimes called "felt", but it's actually a woven wool or wool/polyester blend and the good stuff wears like iron.

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thomas, that is actually a very good idea.

i know a lot of people like the table top that dean dill makes and i thought it was about $80. i thought he used something more like velvet but i don't know what it is for sure.
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I made my own table thanks to some hints from the cafe's donald porte.

I went to Ikea and bought a table that had collapsable legs (that fold in like a TV tray). The legs on this table were great!

I got an old piece of plywood and cut it to 24X36.

Then I went to an auto upholstry shop and bought some black car headliner which is a great surface to perform on and is quite inexpensive.

I also picked up some edge wood (square quarter round) and some brass corners.

I removed the old table top from the table and put the new plywood top on. then I stretched out the car headliner and used a staple gun to fasten it.

Then I cut the wood quarter round (that I bought at home depot) into four pieces that would fit around the edge of the table (it took some work to get the corners right).

Then I put brass corners on.

Looks great...if interested I can take a photo and post it.

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