Monday, November 9, 2009

The Cuts

The first thing we had to do was measure out the cuts for the rounded corners. Massey came up with a pretty good mechanism for marking out the curved line. I am sure that they sell such a device but hey, we only need it once.
Once the lines were marked, I took to it with a jigsaw. It wasn't as hard as I thought, but the blade wanted to curve out as I tried to make it turn. No problem as Massey just sanded it down smooth.

So the corners for the base are cut, as the walls. We are moving along just great.

This week we start building up the curved rail support. We have thought of a few ways to do it but it seems that Massey's dad, Massey Sr. has a good idea.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The base

Well the measurements were correct for the base. Massey did a good job as it came to 25 1/2 inches in height. That will make our table playing surface within the casino regulation of 27-29 inches.

It didn't seem too solid until we put the sides on it. Now it is looking good. Mind you it does not look great for finishing, but we are going to cover the plywood. Next step, cutting the rounded corners for the drink rail base and felt base. It might get a little tricky.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Day 1 - The felt comes in the mail.

Well if you've ended up on this page you are just like my friend, Massey, and I. We looked and looked for plans on how to make a craps table. There aren't any. Well there is one for a 12ft table which would cost a fortune. Who really has room for a 12ft table anyway? So what we did was start searching and take from all those tables out there. The first thing that we ordered was the felt from Let me just say that they are not cheap so it is important to take good care of it. The day it came in was our "official" start day. As you can see, he already broke our rule of "no beer near the felt". I'll give him a break as we are building it at his house. Wish us luck.