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HI guys,

I wanted to share a video of mine, which shows you how to build a Luxury Close-Up Pad yourself... for under 25$ Smile
Hope to help a lot of people trying to build one themselves!

For those who cannot watch it - here is the direct link:

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Counter point:
As someone who's done a lot of upholstery work. This is Ok to make for yourself but there are several techniques not used which would have made this better.
The corners on the wood should have been shaved to offset the thickness of the materials wrapped around them.
The wood should have been rounded over, on the edges with a router. If you don't do that then setting the completed pad on its edge may eventually shred the material coming in contact with the sharp wood edges.
The batting material wrapped around the wood was done in an ununiform manor. Sometimes it's better to glue it to the edge and not wrap it. There are also techniques to "feather" the perimeter.
The batting and velvet should have been spray-glued to each other so nothing shifts, especially as the stretch material gets use and stretches.
There are a few precise technique to wrapping and attaching the 4 corners so they are uniform and softer, scissors are used to insert "relief cuts".
There should have been a complementary "finish surface" attached to the bottom which would serve two purposes A. It would make the bottom look finished, B you could turn the pad over and do cups and balls or dice stacking on the hard and flat surface. (Flat is the operative word).

I'm going to agree that you don't have to spend a lot of money to buy a professional pad but to call this a luxury item is a bit of a stretch.
If your really interested in making these perhaps you can take an upholstery class at a weekend class at a school or possibly at a fabric store.
As-is it looks more like a pillow then a luxury pad because the middle is higher then the edges.

Good luck in your future projects. The bottom line is that if you are happy then I am happy. And that's all that counts, the fact that you are happy with your work.

I realize this is the make it yourself section but even here there are varying levels of quality and attention to detail. Never give up. Please use this criticism as a checklist to improving your next project. I'm looking forward to seeing you make strides in your construction abilities. You can do it, you just need someone to teach you how.
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Made quite a few. I second jay on this one. however, as per the vid. easy and direct to make a point.
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Those r greatttttttttttttt pointer techniques to increase the quality of this build Jay. I am in Lakewood... where R you in So. Cal Jay?

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I am glad you got a nice bit worked out along with a very helpful video. I made some nice practice pads with the help and input from several folks on this sub forum. However, I didn't care for the foam batting on mine. Mine are very light weight and can quickly be converted to a nice close up table. Here is a link to my journey. Maybe we can share ideas via PM on them. Yours looks great though.

I was amazed how my original idea grew into both lightweight practice pads in various sizes to some stunning tables that many would be proud to perform on.
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I'm in Huntington Beach. No show cases this is s real shop 3/4 tools and the rest is either my own show or antiques in boxes.

Most people dream of being in the position I'm in but my time is absorbed just paying the landlord.
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