How to Build a Poker Table

There is no doubt about it that poker is one of the largest played games that involve gambling that is out today. These days many people choose to play poker virtually through the use of online websites as they offer all types of games and content. However, nothing is better than sitting down with some friends and playing together around a real poker table. Having your own personal poker table may seem like an unattainable goal, though it’s much easier to build one than you might think. There’s no need to travel to find one, enjoy games from the comfort of your own home.

Below we will show you just how simple it is to build your own poker table. Knowing how to build one will give you endless fun, you could even build custom ones and sell them if you wanted too!

Why Make Your Own Poker Table?

What poker player wouldn’t want their very own poker table? You will be able to play from home and host competitions or parties with friends. There won’t be any need to look for somewhere that has a table and if nowhere near you has one then that is more than enough reason for you to make your own.

Buying a brand new poker table will set you back anywhere between $1500 and $2000, a huge price to pay for something that can be made from some basic tools. For almost a quarter of that price you can create your own, we estimate a homemade poker table costing around the $500 mark, making a great investment if you are looking to sell them.

Another reason for making your own is that it takes very little time to create, your first should take up to 4 days and that time will increase the more you make them.

Many store-bought poker tables will also be too big or too small for the space you need them for, with a customised table you can make it the perfect size. You are also able to choose the color, keeping it in style with the decor of your house.

How to Build a Poker Table – Tools and equipment needed

Materials

  • MDF
  • Wood Screws
  • 2×4 Wooden Boards
  • Felt
  • Oak Veneer Ply
  • Washers
  • 4×4 Posts
  • Foam (Dense)
  • Speed Square
  • Vinyl
  • Zinc Lag Screws

Equipment

  • Router
  • Spade
  • Drill

You can find most, if not all these items from your local hardware store.

How to Build a Poker Table – Putting It Together

At first glance the task of putting a Poker Table together may seem daunting, however, if you follow this guide step-by-step then you will see just how simple it can be. If you are working outdoors, I assume most people will be, then it may be useful to print this page off and take it with you for reference.

Part 1 – Marking and Sanding the wood

  • These pieces of wood will make up the base of your poker table.
  • Start by thoroughly sanding all pieces of wood.
  • Take the top 2 platforms (40” each) and bottom 2 platforms (20” each), Mark the center of each.
  • Take a Speed Square and your 4×4 posts. Use the Speed Square to draw lines along the center of each side. Before doing this make sure to measure 1.75” in every direction.

Part 2 – Making Holes in the Wood

  • This step requires your drill.
  • Using your drill and a 1.5” Forster drill bit, take your posts and drill holes either side of the center, between the 2 lines. This should be carried out on one side for each post.
  • Grab the 2 legs (21” each) and measure 3.5” and 1.75” from either end.
  • Using a Speed Square, draw along the marked points. Each leg will need this done on opposite sides from each other.

Part 3 – Setting Up the Base

  • Place each leg on an even surface. Ensure the holes on either end are facing away from each other.
  • Take the middle braces and place them between the legs. This should make a rectangle shape, the braces should be in line with the drawn on lines and the end of the leg.
  • This step requires a screwdriver and clamps. Taking your clamps, secure all the pieces of wood. Take some screws and screw them through each hole. After doing this, draw a mark at the bottom of each brace.
  • Take your drill and drill down where you drew on the mark (4-5 inches) at a right angle of each brace end.

Part 4 – Adding the Legs

  • Grab some 0.5” lag screws, washers and glue. Use these to attach the legs to the braces.
  • As the glue dries, make sure to remove any excess.
  • Grab the bottom and top planks. Attach these to the legs, making sure both the 2×4 braces are attached to the top 2 platforms.

Part 5 – Sorting the Platforms

  • Take the top 2 braces and place them along the side of the top platforms.
  • Leave at least a 4-inch piece of each brace hanging over the side of each platform.
  • Take a pencil and draw along the top brace sides, marking the top of the platforms.

Part 6 – Finishing the Base

  • Make the depth of your circular saw set to 1.75”.
  • Take the 2×4’s and the top platforms. Set the Circular Saw between the lines on these.
  • Drill holes into the top braces, ready for the 2×4’s.
  • Taking the 2×4’s and some wood screws, attach them to the holes created in the top braces.
  • Here you can choose to either stain or paint the base.

Part 7 – Making the Support

  • Grab your MDF sheet and cut it down to 42”.
  • Make the length of it 88”.
  • Cut each corner.
  • Measure 12 inches from either end and draw straight across the section.
  • Find the middle of each corner and measure 8 inches in every direction from there.
  • Take a pencil and from each mark you made, draw a line to the 12 inch one you made before.
  • Now cut off each corner, using the lines made as a guide.

Part 8 – Attaching the MDF to the Base

  • Grab the MDF previously cut to size.
  • Attach it to the Base.
  • The MDF should have an overhang of 1 inch either side of the base.
  • Now take some wood screws and attach the made to the top of the base.

Part 9 – Making the Tabletop

  • Take your Oak Plywood.
  • Take your measuring tool and measure 14 inches from every corner of the plywood.
  • Cut each corner off.
  • Take some wood screws and use them to secure the plywood to the MDF.

Part 10 – Attaching the Felt

  • Take a piece of MDF. It should be 6ft long and 24” wide.
  • Measure 8 inches from every corner.
  • Cut each corner off using the line as a guide.
  • Take your foam and cover the MDF with it. Stable it to the bottom side of the board.
  • Do the same for the felt and attach the felt to your oak plywood.

Part 11 – Attaching the Rails

  • Take your rails and cover them with foam and vinyl.
  • Attach them to the side of the oak plywood.
  • Take wood screws and attach the rails to the plywood.

Part 12 – Attaching the Cups

  • Take your cup and a pencil. Using the pencil, draw around the cup to leave a guide.
  • Take your drill with Forstner Drill Bit and make a hole on either side of the drawn on circle guide.
  • Taking your router, make the correct shape for your cups.

Now you have the whole structure completed. All that is left to do is wait for it to dry. You now have your very own custom made poker table.