Create Your Own Roulette Wheel

Roulette is a table game that’s widely played in many variants and many countries. But when you can’t afford to make a trip to your local casino, why not set up a roulette wheel in your own household ? Sounds a bit extravagant ? It is true that a roulette wheel built to the specifications of those offered in brick and mortar casinos can typically cost a large sum. These are advanced wheels, with security features, and are designed for 24/7 gameplay at public facilities.

If you are looking to own a roulette wheel for occasional use, consider one of two options:

  • Buy a cheap roulette wheel
  • Create a pro-looking table yourself

If you are somewhat lazy, you will probably go with option number 1. However, if tools are your friends and you have some free time, definitely go with option number 2. You’ll be able to create a professional looking roulette table in no time.

To clear out any confusion, we are not going to create a roulette wheel ourselves. That would require expert skills and tools, and cost at least 5 figures. However, we will create a roulette table layout and the table itself. Below is an end to end guide explaining how we are going do it.

To start with, you will need a material for your roulette layout. Layouts are usually made from wool, but with advancements in technology, such tables are now made out of Cotura. Cotura is a more resistant material, which is treated by Teflon. However, procuring wool is typically easier than Cotura. Wool will be perfectly fine for a home layout in most cases.

Next, think about how you will create the table base. Remember that you will also need legs for that table. These can be made from either wood or plastic. A traditional roulette table is 8′ long and 4′ wide, with height varying on your preferences. When making legs for a roulette table, take into account that these are usually made in an ‘H’ style. Two H style legs will make the table more stable than 4 standard ones.

Cut the base in the shape and the size you have chosen. A jigsaw will be of great help for this task. It’s easy to use and relatively cheap as well. After you’ve cut the base, you can make the table legs. Don’t screw them together however; just see how it looks and try to sit next to the table.

The final, but very important task is adding the layout material to the table base. Cut the fabric according to the table size, leaving around 10 centimeters margin to each side. The table layout can be added to the base in several ways. You can use a stapler or glue it. I’d advise using staples however, as glue can cause trouble at times.

Coloring fields on the layout is the tricky part. You have to make sure that the lines are perfectly linear and all the fields are correctly painted. Before painting on the final layout, make a stencil and try to paint the roulette layout on an old sheet. Practice makes perfect! Choosing the right color might also be an issue, as there are numerous color types to choose from. Ink colors are good, but remember to consult with a specialist about them.

Hand painting requires some experience and certainly some talent. Alternatively, you can simply print the layout. This way, it’s guaranteed to be perfect, but it will also add some extra costs.

Lastly, you’ll need a roulette wheel. These are easily bought at most online shops. Try for a wide selection. Choose size, colour, material and of course the price.

To sum it up, the creation of a roulette table is a little bit delicate. However, the “do-it-yourself” approach drastically decreases the costs. Most of the time, your table will be much better looking and more functional than those selling in that price range.

The creation of the table will require some tools and a few things:

  • Roulette Wheel (You’ll have to buy this one pre-made)
  • Wool, Cotura or any other alternative material you have chosen for your table layout.
  • Colors or some contacts at a printing company. (You’ll want some fields on that layout, won’t you?)
  • Jigsaw and a electrical screwdrivers
  • Screws
  • Stapler and staples alternatively, you can use glue.