Gaming Tips

How to Build a Poker Table!

Poker nights have long been established as a regular and popular activity in the US, and now with the rise of online poker, they’re beginning to increase in popularity in the UK as well. If you hold your own poker nights, how about building your own Poker Table? It’s not as difficult as you might think, plus it means no longer have to suffer the risk of getting the remains of dinner all over your cards and chips! Here’s the ultimate, 4-step plan to building your own, octagonal Poker Table: The materials you’ll need: A 4′ x 8′ sheet of 3/4″ plywood Around fifty 1 1/4″ wood screws few hundred staples 4′ x 4′ piece of felt1″ rail foam at least 4.5′ x 4.5′1/4″ piece of form at least 4′ x 4′Poker table rail vinyl at least 4.5′ x 4.5′Can of spray adhesive [1] Cut the plywood in half to make two 4′ x 4′ pieces. Mark 14 1/16″ from each corner of each piece, two marks on each side, then join the marks to create an octagonal shape. Saw off the corners.

Poker Table

Mark 2″ in from the edge of one piece and 4.5″ from the other. Carefully cut where you’ve marked to create four octagon-shaped pieces of wood, two solid and two ‘hollow’. [2] The largest octagon is your playing surface. Spray it with adhesive then lay it on the 1/4″ foam. Trim the edges of the foam. Lay this piece on the piece of feeling, foam-side down and staple the felt to the underside, trimming where necessary.

[3] You use the “hollow” octagons you created in step one to form the rail. Lay the thinner (2″) piece on the thicker one (4.5″) and fix with 16 1 1/4″ screws. Lay the 1″ foam on a flat surface then spray adhesive on the 4.5″ side of the piece you’ve just created, and lay it on that side down upon the foam. Cut the extra foam away, keeping 2.5″ on the outside, and 1″ on the inside. Place this piece on the vinyl and staple the vinyl to the wood, trimming where necessary.

Cut the center from the vinyl and staple again, creating an octagonal, vinyl-covered rail.[4] Attach the rail to the felt-covered piece created in step two with wood screws, then attach the remaining solid octagonal piece created in step one to the underside of the table, again with wood screws.

You should now have an octagonal playing surface complete with a vinyl-covered rail on which to enjoy your poker-playing once you choose your game. The piece can be placed upon another table when playing, then stowed away when not required, but you can make it a permanent fixture by attaching legs. The best and sturdiest way of doing this is to purchase a set of pedestal legs from a DIY store and attach them to the center of your playing surface.