The Cottage Casino
It's going to be a high stakes weekend as the boys go all-in and turn their quaint family retreat into the Cottage Casino. But a gambling den would never pass the "Mom Test” so it'll need to be discreetly hidden away until their high-roller friends come calling. To accomplish this sleight-of-hand, the boys are converting their parents' furniture and knick-knacks into cleverly-disguised custom poker tables, craps tables, beer dispensers, cigar humidors and more.
We decided to make a pop-up craps table out of the daybed. With the cushion removed, it was pretty much the perfect dimensions for a craps table already, but we thought it would be really neat if it could raise itself. We first decided to make a lift with a jack. But we failed to look at the innards of the daybed and essentially built a mechanism that would rip the thing apart. Needing to come up with another plan, we thought of putting a hole in four telescoping d-pipes and installing an air fitting into each. The idea was to have a short length of hose that ran into the vessel, so when we turned on the air, all four of the tubes would extend and rise at the same time. At least that was the plan. But let’s just say sometimes in life, things don’t go exactly the way you want them to.
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