Remember those days before kids when you had time to do things with friends? Like play poker every Friday night? One of my early projects in those days was this DIY poker table.
I did a lot of research online looking at many different styles from octagons to ovals, all wood to felt, basic to fancy, and I ended up with a pretty cool design. I decided to go with a tournament style oval shaped table 7 feet by 4 feet, with a nice dark green felt, a wooden “racetrack” with cupholders, and a felt-padded rail.
My DIY poker table starts with 2 sheets of 3/4″ plywood. I cut 1′ off the end of each leaving me pieces that are 7′ x 4′. I then cut rounded corners using my jig saw using a 2′ radius, since the width of my table is 4′.
This took a little thinking through before I started. There are two pieces of plywood, both starting exactly the same, an upper piece and a lower piece. I cut an outer ring from the upper piece with my jig saw which will end up being the bottom of the rail. I then cut another larger ring which will be the racetrack. Which left me with the inner oval which will be the actual playing surface for my DIY poker table.
Here I have reassemble all the pieces, putting the lower ring on top for the raised padded rail.
The easiest part to finish was the inner playing surface. I used some volarra as padding underneath the felt, wrapped it around, and used my electric staple gun to secure it.
The rail was a little trickier. I wrapped the entire thing in a solid piece of vinyl with 2″ foam underneath. Once I had that pulled tight and secured, I cut out the middle, wrapped it around the inside and stapled it on the back. It cost a little more money to do it this way but I didn’t want any seams in my rail.
My next step was to add the legs. I found these table legs at Home Depot and they were perfect. They screwed into the bottom of my table and can fold and unfold when I want.
The racetrack took a little more time. Every good DIY poker table needs cup holders so I took some time to cut holes out of both the racetrack and the plywood underneath. I found some nice plastic cup holders I could just drop in. I put a light coat of stain on and many many coats of finish sanding between every single coat with a super fine grit paper. This gave me a nice, shiny, smooth surface for stacking poker chips.
Finally, I assembled everything and secured them together with screws from the bottom. This table turned out amazing and very professional looking. It really changed the feel of our poker nights