PLEASE NOTE THE QUESTION AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST.  WE NEED SOME ADVICE...

 

Jim and I have completed the cutting and shaping of the chip holders and finger slots on the Truman Poker Tables.  We discovered another challenge after we were done with the slots.  (More of a concern than a challenge.)  The wood between the chip slots is not as "firm" or "stable" as we would like.  The neck gets pretty narrow and if the glue between the laminate layers had any gaps or thin spots, we actually encountered some sections that were pretty loose. 

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Finally Back in the Shop! Update

by Poker_Table ‎03-12-2012 02:59 PM - edited ‎03-12-2012 03:04 PM

Finally!  Jim and I are back in the shop working on the Truman Poker tables.  Several weeks ago we started building two reproductions of Harry Truman's Poker Table.  By the end of January, we had the basic components built (base, pedestal and top ring), and were ready to start on the poker chip slots.  A month of travel took us both out of the shop, but we are now back at work on the tables.

 

The chip slots have turned out to be another challenging part of the project...until once again we found a solution. Here is a picture of the slots in the original table.

 

Truman Table Chip Holders

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First Dry Assembly

by Poker_Table on ‎02-10-2012 12:58 PM

Jim and I completed the first "dry" assembly of the Truman Poker table this afternoon.  Next is the drilling of the chip slots around the outside edge. 

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Pedastal Base Update

by Poker_Table on ‎02-10-2012 12:56 PM

Jim and I have finished the cutting, assembly and glue-up for the pedestal and base for the Truman Poker tables.   We continued our adventure of fitting this puzzle together...seven sides to everything.  The pedestal bases were particularly challenging because the laminated layers alternate and overlap.  The key was having two of us thinking it through.  When one got frustrated, the other stepped in with an idea or solution. 

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Jim and I started drilling the chip holes and the holes that form the bottoms of the finger slots on the outside of the top ring.  The chip holes start with a hole large enough

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Horizontal Boring Machine

by Poker_Table ‎01-19-2012 06:59 AM - edited ‎01-19-2012 07:03 AM

One of the challenges we face is cutting and shaping the chip slots on the top ring of the Truman poker table reproduction.  The slots are drilled in two directions: vertical and horizontal.

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Ashtray thoughts?

by Poker_Table ‎01-18-2012 06:30 AM - edited ‎01-18-2012 06:36 AM

Our reproduction of the poker table built for President Truman is moving along pretty smoothly, but we've run into a hitch I hope you can help us with.

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Reproduction of Harry Truman's Poker Table

by Poker_Table ‎01-12-2012 03:22 PM - edited ‎01-18-2012 06:37 AM

My friend, Jim, and I have recently started an ambitious project to reproduce Harry Truman's Poker Table.  Actually, we are making two reproductions.  One will end up in my home, and the other is being donated to the U.S.S. Iowa battleship restoration project.  It will become part of a special lounge on the ship that will be open to donors and for special functions.

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