Build Your Own DIY Poker Table for Cheap! (Video + Plans)

How to Build a Poker Table
No more kitchen-table poker for you.

Follow our step-by-step video guide and build your own poker table at home quickly and easily for under $300.

DIY projects are fun and economical and if you love poker you can take your home game to the next level by building your own table instead of buying something pre-built from the store.

Watch the video to see how it's done and follow the instructions below for details on the tools and materials you'll need and clear explanations of every step of the build.

Building a poker table yourself is an awesome beginner-level project to get into DIY. You don't need any fancy tools and with the exception of a few items, all the materials can be purchased at your local building supply store.

Chances are you know a couple people who have all the tools you need collecting dust in their garage right now. Share photos of your poker tables with us on Facebook or Twitter when you're done!

Video Guide: How to Build a Poker Table

Tools:

  • Jigsaw
  • Power drill and bits
  • 3/4” Forstner bit
  • Stapler and staples
  • Knife
  • Tape measure
  • Straight edge
  • Hammer
  • Clamps
  • Palm sander and heavy-grit sandpaper
  • Router and roundover bit (optional)
  • 2 sawhorses

Materials:

  • 2 sheets ¾" plywood (42" X 84" cut at store)
  • Scrap wood for marking guide
  • 1¼" wood screws
  • Nails
  • Wood glue
  • 3M Spray Adhesive
  • 2” long 3/8” machine bolts and nuts
  • Duct tape
  • Folding table legs

Specialty Materials:

Look for specialty poker and foam suppliers in your city or order online.

  • Poker speed cloth (8' X at least 4')
  • Vinyl for rail (8' X at least 4')
  • ¼” closed-cell foam for table-top (8' X at least 4')
  • 1” open-cell foam for rail (8' X at least 4')

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Rounding the Corners:

  1. Take two sheets of plywood (42” X 84” cut at store). Mark “Sheet A” and “Sheet B”.
  2. Place Sheet A on sawhorses.
  3. Measure 21” in from end and mark.
  4. Measure 21” from side and mark.
  5. Extend marks to make an X and drive nail into center point.
  6. Repeat process on other end of Sheet A.
  7. Take scrap wood and make marks at 1” and 22”.
  8. Drill holes at marks large enough for nail and tip of pencil to pass through.
  9. Place first hole in scrap wood over nail.
  10. Insert pencil through second hole and trace curves.
  11. Repeat at other end of Sheet A.
  12. Use jigsaw to cut off corners.
  13. Use palm sander to smooth curves.

2. Cutting the Rail

  1. On the scrap wood guide, mark 17” and drill hole.
  2. Use guide to trace curves 5” from edge of Sheet A.
  3. Use straight-edge to extend lines along length of sheet.
  4. Drill hole to start the cut.
  5. Insert jigsaw blade into pilot hole and begin the cut.
  6. After 2' of cutting, pause and use scrap wood and clamp to support rail.
  7. Continue cutting, clamping a second support opposite the first.
  8. Complete the cut, remove clamps and remove both Sheet A pieces from sawhorses.

3. Cutting Rail Support and Table-Top

  1. Place Sheet B on sawhorses and use outer piece from Sheet A to trace curves.
  2. Use jigsaw to cut off corners.
  3. Measure 21” in from end and mark.
  4. Measure 21” from side and mark.
  5. Extend marks to make an X and drive nail into center point.
  6. Repeat process on other end of Sheet B.
  7. On scrap wood guide, mark 20.5” and drill hole.
  8. Trace curves 1.5” from edge of Sheet B and use straight-edge to extend lines.
  9. Drill hole to start cut and use jigsaw to cut out rail support, clamping supports as before.

4. Glue and Screw Table-Top

  1. Place inner piece from Sheet B on sawhorses.
  2. Apply wood glue across surface leaving at least 5” around edge glue-free.
  3. Place inner piece from Sheet A on Sheet B, measuring 3.5” in on all sides to center.
  4. Screw down, ensuring all screw heads are flush with or below surface.

5. Glue and Screw Rail

  1. Place outer piece from Sheet A on table.
  2. Run bead of glue around outer 1.5”.
  3. Ensure pieces are matched according to position used to trace curves in step 3.1.
  4. Place outer piece from Sheet B, aligned with outer edge.
  5. Screw rail support onto rail, aligning outer edges as you go.
  6. Use palm sander to remove discrepancies in outer edge.
  7. Use router and roundover bit to round top and bottom of outer-edge and top inside-edge of rail.

6. Install Machine Bolts in Rail

  1. Remove rail assembly and flip over table-top.
  2. Use palm sander to remove material from outer edge of table-top to allow better fit for rail.
  3. Place rail on table-top and clamp in place.
  4. Drill eight equally-spaced 3/8” holes through rail and table-top, 2” from inside edge.
  5. Use forstner bit to remove enough material for bolt head to sit flush with top of rail.
  6. Remove rail and hammer machine bolts through holes in rail.
  7. Expand holes in table to 1/2” by drilling new hole with 1/2” bit.

7. Applying Foam to Table-Top

  1. Ensure space is well-ventilated or use ventilator.
  2. Ensure table-top is free of dust and debris.
  3. Place 1/4” foam centered on table-top and weight down one side.
  4. Roll up foam, apply spray adhesive to table top, unroll foam and press down.
  5. Remove weight and use adhesive to remaining table/foam.
  6. Allow recommended time to dry.
  7. Use knife to cut foam flush with outer edge of table-top.

8. Applying Speed Cloth to Table-Top

  1. Lay speed cloth face-down on a protected surface (carpet).
  2. Place table top face-down, centered on speed cloth.
  3. Starting with straight edges, pull cloth tight and staple to bottom of table-top.
  4. Trim excess speed cloth.
  5. Install folding legs.

9. Applying Foam to Rail

  1. Lay out 1” foam pieces and place rail face-down on foam.
  2. Trim foam 2” larger than rail on outside and 1" on inside.
  3. Place rail face-up on table.
  4. Spray adhesive on top and outer edges of rail and apply 1” foam.
  5. Cut foam flush with bottom inner and outer edges.

10. Applying Vinyl to Rail

  1. Lay out vinyl face down on protected surface.
  2. Place rail foam-side down on vinyl.
  3. Starting with straight sides, stretch and staple vinyl to bottom of rail support.
  4. Continue around curved ends.
  5. Cut out vinyl 5” in from inner edge of rail.
  6. Make relief cuts in the vinyl starting 2” off inner edge of curves.
  7. Stretch and staple the vinyl around inside edge of rail.

11. Installing Rail

  1. Locate bolt holes in table top.
  2. Place square of duct tape over hole and cut small X in tape, speed cloth and foam for bolt.
  3. Repeat on undersides of holes.
  4. Position rail on table-top with bolts passing through holes.
  5. Install nuts to secure rail to table-top.
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