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On 2009-03-28 21:17, tabman wrote:
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On 2009-03-28 14:54, raywitko wrote:
We still use the mali and real suede on tables as well. Headliner material looks to cheap in appearance.
Ray


Glad to hear that. Can't imagine a better serface. I have a picture of a great design to send you. The size is drawn out on the sheet of foam core that I drew the pattern for the Pirate's Knife.

-=tabman

I still have that foam board tucked away in the shop for the future. Would like more info on the pirates knife.
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Sir Thomas,
Would you be so kind to let us know what brand of closed cell padding you use?
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On 2009-03-29 13:48, Thomas Wayne wrote:
I've known Fred Mali for many years,


Now, how cool is that. I just liked the way it sounds when you say it....Mali!!

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For many years Mali also manufactured pool cues, and Fred used to come to a lot of our gallery shows. At one point he asked me to design a CNC milling machine for that end of their business; eventually the Chinese "invasion" took its toll on the lower-end production companies, and Mali quit building cues. Another friend of mine bought most of their machinery and raw material inventory.

They still produce fine billiard cloth, though.

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On 2009-03-29 19:43, Thomas Wayne wrote:
For many years Mali also manufactured pool cues.....They still produce fine billiard cloth, though.


It is nice cloth and thanks for the first hand on Mali. I got to meet and hang with a lot of super people over the years but I never crossed paths with Mali. I have long been a fan however.

Thanks again,

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When I made my close up table I went to a fabric store and and got the cloth that I needed and to give me that feel of a close up pad I used the foam padding that is used for underlay on laminate floors its very cheap and an easy way to make a close up pad or table
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I am looking, personally, for a material that doesn't have a grain.

I have found some great materials, including microfiber, which is a faux suede look/feel, but it has a "grain."

What I mean is that, for example, a card will slide over it smoother in one direction than the other.

Actually, I have found micro fiber, and suede type materials in general have too much of a grip for cards to slide around in general.

This is good for spreads, but, say you had a card under your hand, and your hand was flat on the table, sliding around the card, these fabrics tend to not let the card move freely.

And, other fabrics that I have found that are good looking, and don't grip the cards so much like the suede fabrics have the grain problem, so they only move in a few directions well, but reverse directions, the card snags and gets exposed.

Any suggestions?
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Velvet. Cards slide easily in all directions and it looks professional. The only drawback is that it doesn't wear as well as other materials, so you'll need to replace it every so often...

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I may have to look at velvet again, I seem to recall it had a grain, which was why I avoided it in the beginning. I could be mistaken though.
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I tried velvet on many card surfaces, from poker tables to card mats..

It looks really rich, but it does have a grain (like carpet), and it tends to get very noticeable dark and light patches as you slide things around on it, depending on the direction that you slide..

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I jsut use felt
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Picked up a nice $5 yoga mat which makes a nice cover for the wood which is then all covered by whatever fabric you will be using. In case there are no Five and Below stores by you, I posted a link.
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I have made about 6 closeup tables and practice tables for both myself and guys in the local club and have had excellent results using first a layer of automobile headliner and than putting velveteen over that.
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Probably not the brightest question I have asked this year but does suede have a smooth and not finished side and if so which side is best for the table or mat side up?.
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A friend of mine made a table with suede it is nice it is like a dream surface.
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Suede is used in many upper end tables! I have used both suede and faux suede and like em both!

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On 2009-06-17 13:51, PWB wrote:
Probably not the brightest question I have asked this year but does suede have a smooth and not finished side and if so which side is best for the table or mat side up?.


Yes, the smooth side (almost like velvet) is the best for the upper surface IMO.

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I go to the car repair shop and get their scraps of head liner material. It is soft foam on one side and head liner material on the other side. Plus you can get in any color and cut it to any shape. They make a spray adhesive so you can attach it to a piece of thin plywood or about any other surface.
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I've found headliner to not hold up too well. I don't use it for a closeup table, but do use it for playing poker on. The main advantage is that it is cheap, so when something happens to it, I can just replace it. It wears out pretty quickly. If I have someone who likes to play with the chips in exactly the same place you can see wear after a night's use. I think that it would soon wear if you did a cups and balls routine, or other thing where you mostly worked over the same spot.
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