How to build a Craps Table Part 2

Posted August 9, 2012

This is Part 2 of my craps table build.

It gets a little better and starts to take over the basement.

We are playing on our usual Wednesday night, and my wonderful wife comes downstairs and drops a big cardboard box in the middle of the table. She says, “Happy Birthday”!

We open it up and there is the diamond shaped ends for the table! I had been really wanting these, but they are expensive.

Without them you really can’t practice dice control at home.

Now the problem:

The diamond ends are 11″ tall and won’t fit on my waterbed walled table without trimming them. I don’t want to do that, so here we go again.

I buy some 2×12 lumber from the local lumberyard and build another box. I find that with the waterbed padded rails hanging on the side, it won’t be tall enough to clear the diamond ends. I add another layer of 2×4’s on top of that. This thing is getting really tall now.

I also put it on it’s own legs and set it next to the pool table. The pool table has a new top on it as well. A full size ping pong table!

They put a new casino in our area, December 2011. I’ve been there several times, and realized my table isn’t really long enough to be helpful for dice control. Now I’m trying to figure out how to make it longer. I decide to add an extension to one end. This includes two more legs.
I couldn’t find the felt to match my layout at Hancock’s, so I got what I could. It’s green, but not right. (it matches my light though)
The padded rails are short now. I make some new ones with some¬†vinyl from Hancock’s and some foam. I made them from plywood, and didn’t do a very good job. I also got some darker felt, and centered the layout. This actually helped the throwing of the dice, as the chips were not so close to the edge of the table.
Continued in Part 3

 

Posted on August 9th, 2012 by Clayton

Posted in Around the House, Craps, Woodworking

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