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Michael Baker
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I have one table that has slots in the rear edge to hold jumbo coins. Each has a slot at the lower edge so my finger can make friction contact with a desired coin and slide it toward the rear and out the slot where it can be stolen beneath a few fanned cards, a silk or whatever. This same table has edging on only three sides, the back is without. to avoid raw edges underneath, make the top in layers. Affix the working surface to the upper layer and the lower layer seals in the raw edges. Your edge trim can be cut with a dado so that it wraps around the edge, holding everything together. Like this:

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The lower surface can be covered with vinyl, formica or whatever secondary surface you wish if you give yourself the option of reversing the top. Jim's method sounds slightly similar in that the top is more or less constructed in layers that seal in the junk.

Jim, I like your pencil piston!!

One thing that I have noticed about tables... they all have specific purposes and it is nearly impossible to design a table that perfectly suits all needs. I own many, many tables that I have built. I currently use from seven different tables (not all at the same time), depending on the show, and the venue. Each was designed with a specific use in mind.

An eighth table is awaiting me to finish a different act that I am slowly developing, and I can see a possible need for a ninth and tenth. (My wife buys shoes and purses... I make tables for my show!)

...I didn't even mention those that I have made but no longer use or own!!

~michael
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KenW
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Anyone might know who built the table that "L&L" uses on most of their DVD's? This is exactly what I am looking for. Any table builders contact information would help me a great deal. I am looking to build one or have one built or even purchase a good but pre-owned table. The table would be used only for close up sit down magic performances at my home for close friends. I have no idea of how much something like this would cost or where to obtain one. Anyone know of any web links to a builder?
Thanks,
KW
raywitko
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We use black jack padding covered with mali cloth or black suede on the tables we build. JoAnne fabrics carries a padded headliner material in different colors. For an idea on the types of tables out there, check out our site http://tabmantables.com
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Jim Zee (Jim Zachary http://www.jimzeemagic.com) built the table you see on the L&L videos. They are expensive, but reasonably priced for what you get.
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I had heard that Jim Zee was out of the business. Does any one know if that is fact or not?
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Joshua Lozoff
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Michael,

I'm not quite following what you're saying about how to avoid raw edges. I'm interested in not having edge trim on the back side as well, so I can lap coins without dragging them across the wood. How are you saying to do this? I have batting as my under layer, and velvet for my surface.

Thanks,

[quote]On 2006-11-30 23:51, Michael Baker wrote:
I have one table that has slots in the rear edge to hold jumbo coins. Each has a slot at the lower edge so my finger can make friction contact with a desired coin and slide it toward the rear and out the slot where it can be stolen beneath a few fanned cards, a silk or whatever. This same table has edging on only three sides, the back is without. to avoid raw edges underneath, make the top in layers. Affix the working surface to the upper layer and the lower layer seals in the raw edges. Your edge trim can be cut with a dado so that it wraps around the edge, holding everything together. Like this:
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Michael Baker
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Joshua,

I am sending you an email direct that will have some illustrations. Easier than uploading them to my web server.

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KenW
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Billfromoregon,
Thanks for the table information.
KW
Joshua Lozoff
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Mine's almost done. I'll put some pictures somewhere soon.
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Michael Baker
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Looking forward to seeing it.

~michael
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