Introduction

poker game table
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Poker night is the perfect time to catch up with friends and show off a good hand. To provide a handsome game table that's sure to make the guys take your bet—or bluff—more seriously, build a table complete with a felt playing surface, insets for poker chips, and coasters. When the game is over, just fit the lid onto the surface to turn it into a dining table for the rest of the week.

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Newel post: EverTrue 56-inch stain-grade oak newel post;
Corbels: 9 13/16-inch raw maple corbel;
Stain: Jacobean; minwax.com
Felt: Padded green felt; pokertablematerials.com
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic nail gun
    • drill
      Drill/driver, 3-inch hole saw bit, -inch pilot bit, combination countersink bit, and -inch paddle bit
    • staple gun
      Staple gun fitted with -inch staples
    • utility scissors
      Utility scissors
    • adjustable clamp
      Clamps

    Shopping List

    1. ½-inch oak plywood to make the lid and table: Get one 4x8-foot sheet.

    2. Nose and cove oak molding to trim the lid. Get two 8-foot lengths.

    3. 1x2 oak to trim the table. Get four 8-foot lengths.

    4. 1x4 oak to make the table's apron and collar. Get two 8-foot boards.

    5. x6 oak to make the coasters. Get three 2-foot boards.

    6. ¾-inch medium-density fiberboard (MDF) to make the playing surface. Get one 4x4-foot half sheet.

    7. Newel post to make the stand. Get an oak post at least 30 inches tall.

    8. Corbels to make the feet. Get four @ 10 inches.9. Felt. Get a 4x4-foot piece to cover and wrap the edges of the playing surface.

    10. Spray adhesive to attach the felt to the playing surface.

    11. -inch brad nails

    12. 1-inch brad nails

    13. 1¼-inch brad nails

    14. 2-inch deck screws

    15. 6-inch timber screws to attach the corbels to the newel post. Get eight.

    16. Wood glue

    17. 150- and 220-grit sandpaper