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Michael Sosa
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Does anyone know where I can order one from? I want to use it to facilitate boardgaming on my table, making it easier to pick up chits, cards, and other pieces as well as reducing wear. For example I was recently surprised to notice that my Puerto Rico board pieces started to wear out from being dragged accross my smooth wood table.
 
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I would say to try a fabric or craft store. You may be able to get a large peice of felt that will cover your table.

You could also buy one of those puzzle mats that are used to rollup an unfinished puzzle. It's made out of felt as well. You should be able to find it at Target in the game section right near the puzzles. You may even try to call some hobby stores as well.

Let me know how these ideas work out for you.
 
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I also use green felt from joann fabrics for poker nights. Works great.



 
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For those of you using felt, how do you clean it?

We've punched a bunch of games over our felt and now it's got little flecks of cardboard embeded in it - looks terrible. I tried the vacuum cleaner, but it won't pick up the bits without pilling the felt. I'm afraid to wash it in my machine since the felt contains wool and it may shrink. Drycleaning seems too expensive, and it might not get the cardboard bits out.

Some of the places that sell poker tables also sell the fabric they use to cover them. This seems to be a more durable fabric than traditional felt, but it's expensive enough that I haven't tried it.

A friend has a light weight, micro-fleece blanket that I covet. It's got a low pile, so it doesn't interfere with tile placement. And, it's durable, foldable and washable! If I were to do it again, I'd get some micro-fleece from the fabric store instead of felt.

Whatever you use to cover your table, you might consider placing a thin, non-slip rug pad between the table and the cover this will keep the cover from sliding around.

Julie
 
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Hi Julie,

I don't think I've encountered any problems to the level you have yet. So for the most part, mine has been virtually maintenance free. I occasionally take packing tape and stick it to any areas of it that need cleaning. Lift the tape off... and voila! Small debris, hairs, etc all stick to the tape. Hope that helps. Good luck.

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Re: Card Table Covers (The Green felt variety - Bridge / Pok
You can buy this stuff??

Oh man, we had to kill and skin Kermit for ours....

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Re: Card Table Covers (The Green felt variety - Bridge / Pok
In the book, "The Hustler," (the one the movie was based on), there is a passage where poker was being played at the pool hall. They used an old felt from a pool table. Since reading that, I've wanted to get an old pool table felt from a pool hall for that purpose.

So, try a pool hall. Might get it for free.
 
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Good suggestions. I'm going to try fabric stores such as Jo-Ann's. I also located this website, although the felt table covers are suspiciously cheap: http://www.sevennotrump.com/acatalog/Card_Table_Covers.html
 
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Re: Card Table Covers (The Green felt variety - Bridge / Pok
I got one of these recently and it's been working great:


http://www.pokeroutlet.com/gtx_poker_table_top.html
 
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Re: Card Table Covers (The Green felt variety - Bridge / Pok
I've considered that, but its not ideal. It won't store easily, its shape will not work for my wargames, its not the right size for my table, etc. No, I think most of us would prefer just the table cover thank you!
 
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The thing to ask for when you go into a fabric store is 'baize'. That's the type of cloth that is used on pool/snooker tables. It is a denser (?) fabric than felt and is more resistant to wear. It comes in many colours. (Green, Blue, Sky Blue, Yellow, Black, Orange, Red and more) I bought a couple of meters of black to use as a backing for some of my game boards.

As for cleaning, I would say wash separately (as the dye might bleed) in cold water with something like Woolite then lay on a flat surface to dry. You might want to put it in a tumble dryer for a couple of minutes or iron it to get the wrinkles out, but do this after it is dry to minimize shrinking.

EDIT: I would second the recommendation to use a good brush to clean it over washing. However if you do need to wash it see above.
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A brush works good on my poker table.

For me, I don't like the way felt feels on my fingertips...it's like a wood popsicle stick in my mouth. Ug! But, the poker tables have a bit of padding underneath the felt, making it easy to pick up the cards. That is a good thing.
 
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Re: Card Table Covers (The Green felt variety - Bridge / Pok
Also check out www.yourautotrim.com/capraucl.html for poker table supply items — such as card table covers, padding, etc.
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Re: Card Table Covers (The Green felt variety - Bridge / Pok
The yourautotrim link is a good one.

I would recommend staying away from felt. For my game table, I covered the playing surface in velveteen which doesn't shed (available at JoAnn's Fabrics) and placed 1/4" headliner automotive foam underneath to give that "bounciness" that you get from casino and poker tables (also available at JoAnn's).

Pictures of the table are here:

http://s33.photobucket.com/albums/d86/drsingle2/Game%20Table...
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Re: Card Table Covers (The Green felt variety - Bridge / Pok
Belisarius88 wrote:
Good suggestions. I'm going to try fabric stores such as Jo-Ann's.


If you are going in the direction of microfleece, the best quality is not at Joannes. You can buy manufacturers overruns from Fabricline.com for a great price. I noticed that they currently have Malden Mills Brand chamois faced Polartec in Bayberry Green right now for 4$ a yard. I would suggest calling, not all the fabrics are on the website. They have great service, and will swatch on request. http://fabricline.com/mchmibagr.html. Worth a browse.

The owner of Wazoodle.com is also very helpful.

Also, Malden Mills will sell direct, although their site isn't particularly friendly

For more $$, you might also consider a wool flannel, which is more available than baize. If you prewash, it should be washable with care, although you will have to plan for shrinkage.





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Re: Card Table Covers (The Green felt variety - Bridge / Pok
I would recommend baize as well.

Felt can get a bit 'fluffy' after a while, I've been using baize for about 6 months and it's been fine, nice and heavy. I just throw it over the table like an ordinary tablecloth. I haven't had to wash it yet as the people I play with are fairly clean and tidy and we haven't had any spillages yet, I just give it a shake outside once we've finished for the night.

I bought it in a small fabric shop so I guess you should be able to get it anywhere. It can be fairly expensive but I think it's worth it.

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One possible solution is a suede-like game table cover made by Sanders Classics. I think one on-line store that sells them is classicpersonalizedgifts.com
 
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All very good advice.

However, I'd also suggest a place like where I got mine...a puzzle specialist. Puzzle people frequently use these to assemble puzzles on, since they're soft and can be rolled up, preserving the half-done puzzle. Try Cardhaus or puzzles.com.
 
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Try this: http://www.boardsandbits.com/advanced_search_result.php?sear...
 
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Boards and Bits has table covers made out of the same material as mouse pads and covered with a felt material. It gives it a little squishiness making it easier to pick up cards and such, and the surface is non-absorbant so any spills just bead up instead of soaking in. A user on here did a review on his that convinced me to buy:

http://boardgamegeek.com/video/3852/outside-the-scope-of-bgg...

Here's a link to them on boards and bits, they only have green in stock right now.

http://www.boardsandbits.com/advanced_search_result.php?sear...


Edit: Beat to the punch by Michael!
 
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What is funny is that I started this thread, forgot about it, and then posted "try this." Indeed I am about to place an order from B&B and going to try their table cover.
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Whoa - just realized that the OP was from 2007. Took you long enough to get around to buying a table cover, eh?
 
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Belisarius88 wrote:
What is funny is that I started this thread, forgot about it, and then posted "try this."

That is very funny. I've posted duplicate questions in a game forum a couple years apart myself, though not in the same thread.

On the table cover topic, I just received one of these for our Mahjong games:

http://www.ymimports.com/p-965-professional-mahjong-table-co...

I believe the same type is available elsewhere on the Net in green. The one I received looks a bit darker brown in person than the photo shows. I'm not sure it's any better than the other options for general gaming, but it fits our Mahjong table perfectly and looks nice with our tiles. It's got some kind of soft, non-pilling top that doesn't feel as artificial as mousepad material. The bottom is grippy rubber. It's still got a bit of a bend to it from being rolled up, but it's quite heavy and I think it will flatten out fine. Nice table pad overall - I expect to use it with our other games too.
 
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I did buy a felt cloth supersized for my large table but it has suffered from repeated use. Plus I think I prefer black over green anyway. I mostly used the cloth while visiting game stores and playing on dirty tables.
 
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