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jim ferguson

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Hi folks.

This is how I used to make my close-up pads. As I mentioned on the other thread, these can be used as a standard close-up pad, or as a table top, using a folding keyboard stand as the base.

Required items -

- A piece of wood - this can be any type you like, or have handy.

- Some spare carpet. This can be any type, but you may have to experiment to see if it will have the right "give" that you require.

- Some sort of covering material. Again, this can really be anything, velvet, felt, soft leather, whatever you like the look and feel of for your pad.

- A staple gun.

- A pack of thumbtacks.

- A marker.

- A smaller piece of black fabric (this is optional).


Cut your wood to the size of pad you require.
Place the board on a piece of carpet (carpet face down), and draw around it with the marker.
Cut the shape from the carpet.

You now have a board, and a piece of carpet that fits on the board.

Cut your fabric a few inches larger on each side, than the board.

Place the fabric (good side down) on a table or flat surface. On top of the fabric, place the piece of carpet (upside down). And lastly, place the board on top of all.

Now fold/stretch the fabric over the board, and staple in place. Pay particular attention to the corners, you want them nice and neat.

If you have the extra optional piece of fabric - cut this an inch or two shorter than the size of the board.
Use a few thumbtacks to secure in place - this will neaten up the underside of the pad.

You now have a close-up pad.


Some notes -

The "give" of the pad, will depend on the combination of carpet, covering, and how tight the fabric is secured.

For many years, the covering on close-up mats were "velveteen". You can purchase this quite cheaply in a variety of colours.
I have used all sorts of materials over the years - velvet, the back off an old velveteen couch, felt, and even a fleece type blanket.

The staples (and thumbtacks if you've used them) can be easily removed, and the pad disassembled for washing.

If you are using this as a table top with a keyboard stand -
Place two Velcro strips on the top of the keyboard stand, where the stand meets the pad. Usually the hook side of the Velcro will be rough, the eye side being a lot softer - the hook (rough) side goes on the keyboard stand.
Attach the softer "eye" side to the bottom of the pad.

If you wish, you could add some braid around the edge, or even some frills.

If you have the tools, you could also add a wooden frame or border around the edge.
The pads can be as simple or fancy as you like.




Jim





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Dustin White

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Awesome! Thanks, Jim.
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Hendu71

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Awesome. Thanks!  I will try making one of these!
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jim ferguson

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Thanks guys.



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This is one I made about twenty years ago. The covering is a fleece type blanket in dark blue.
The props are just for scale.

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jim ferguson

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This is another I made around the same time. The fabric is a dark red velveteen, from the back of an old sofa.
Again, the props are for scale.

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Depending on the amount of give you want you can use layers of automobile headliner material under the surface covering. Billiard cloth is great as a surface covering, but a little more expensive. Imatation seude works well too and comes in many different colors.

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Thanks for the post.. I've never made a close up pad as I've always bought mine from http://www.pattricksmagic.com  His products are amazing and he is always available to discuss your needs.  When I wanted to create a servante mat he was the guy I turned to that made it a reality.  IMHO, all other mats pale in comparison.  Just my two cents.
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Depending on the amount of give you want you can use layers of automobile headliner material under the surface covering. Billiard cloth is great as a surface covering, but a little more expensive. Imatation seude works well too and comes in many different colors.

Van


I wonder if you could reach out to a billiard table installer/refinisher? Surely they get left with scraps that are unusable for them but might be perfect for mats.
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Jim,

Nice idea and write up for making a pad!  I would even consider strategically placing a rare earth magnet somewhere in the wood.  You could even make it so the magnet could slide in and out from under a magnetic shielded area, so you could control if you need it or not.

Pattrick Przysiecki also makes great products.

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You now have a board, and a piece of carpet that fits on the board.


Hi Jim, I recently made one for myself!

It's interesting to see that you used carpet instead of foam?

I came across some tutorial that uses foam instead 


Here are some pics:

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I made one of these!  I used a black picture frame around it to keep things from falling off it (I realize that would be bad for some techniques like lapping but it works well for most things).  I also didn't have carpet so I used a neoprene pad.

I wanted something big, so I went with 22x28.  I wanted to do a full spread of the cards on it and have room to spare, and also do more vertical layout tricks like Out of This World no problem.  I would say this is more like a table than a pad at this point.  Works great on top of a TV for a sit down performance, and I think I may buy one of those folding server tray thingies waiters use to put food on for a standing presentation.

I'm sure this would cost a pretty penny if I bought the same online, but I think I did it for 30 bucks maybe.  The guy at home depot gave me the cut wood for free! (it was scrap plywood).

It turned out pretty nicely if I do say so myself!

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It turned out pretty nicely if I do say so myself!


Indeed! I think I saw some tutorial using the frame sometime back. 

But I opt to give myself some thick padding 😅


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I wanted something big, so I went with 22x28

Me too, but mine not as big! 23x17 inch, couldn't find bigger foam

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jim ferguson

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Very nice guys.

I wasn't aware of the YouTube video, so thanks for letting me know.



Jim


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