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I need to figure out a way to make sure I don't get any scratches on the little lady's table. Anyone know where I could go to pick up something cheap? Table clothes just don't do the trick. Also, it would have to be something I can easily store, so a big glass top or something will not cut it.

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A table cloth won't cut it? What exactly are you doing on that table? Playing Powertools: The Boardgame?
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Rob Larsen
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Felt. A high quality, poker-table-esque, felt will keep everything from scratches or dents. Plus the cards and pieces and boards don't stick.
 
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I've noticed a few scratches on the table and I assume it is from my game playing. A table cloth just doesn't seem good enough.

Felt is a good idea. I can fold it up when I'm not using it. Now what department store should I visit for such a thing, or would I have to go to a craft store?
 
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Or cloth-faced neoprene. Me, I'm a green baize man myself. Stolen from a snooker table.
 
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On a slightly related note, is there a good way to get scratches off a stained/finished wooden table?

My gaming habit has never caused a problem, but a couple of wine bottles have been opened on the table and left rings of scratches.
 
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What is scratching the table?

try a a piece of felt, such as miniatures gamers use. This is generally thicker than a tablecloth.

If that doesn't do it, try a large piece of cardboard, and glue a felt backing onto it. Done right, you can make this so it folds.

If that doesn't do it try refinishing the table with a several layers of varnish that has at least a little bit of durability!

Or just tell your game buddies not to wear cleats anymore when doing their victory dances on the table.
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WhiteHowler wrote:
On a slightly related note, is there a good way to get scratches off a stained/finished wooden table?

My gaming habit has never caused a problem, but a couple of wine bottles have been opened on the table and left rings of scratches.


If the scratches are deep enough you may have to sand and re-varnish.
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WhiteHowler wrote:
On a slightly related note, is there a good way to get scratches off a stained/finished wooden table?

My gaming habit has never caused a problem, but a couple of wine bottles have been opened on the table and left rings of scratches.


If it's just on the surface (the urethane or whatever that coats the table) you can sand the whole surface with fine grit sandpaper and recoat with urethane. If it's in the wood/stain itself, you're going to have to refinish it.
 
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Felt is available in large rolls at a fabric store. Craft stores might have it too, but a fabric store will let you buy the length you need. There are several other fabrics that would work. Faux suede for upholstery works great, is sturdy and feels luxurious. (it should feel luxurious, because it is much more expensive than felt!)

Be sure to measure the table before you go, so you know how much to buy without having to guess.

 
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If the scratches are very fine and light you may be able to buff them out with a little bit of olive oil and a soft cloth.

Some highly polished wood tables just were not designed to be used. shake
 
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