Overview

overview for how to build a poker table
Illustration: Doug Adams
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CUT LIST

Lid
½-inch plywood lid: 1 @ 48 by 48 inches. You'll cut off the corners to create an octagon.

Nose and cove molding: You'll miter the ends of 8 pieces at a 22½-degree angle.

Game Table
½-inch plywood table: 1 @ 48 by 48 inches. You'll cut off the corners to create an octagon.

1x2 outer-edge trim: You'll miter the ends of 8 pieces at a 22½-degree angle.

1x2 inner edge trim: You'll miter the ends of 8 pieces at a 22½-degree angle.

½x6 coasters: 8 @ 6¾ inches from straight cut to long point. You'll miter one end at 22½ degrees.

1x4 apron: You'll bevel the ends of 8 pieces at a 22½-degree angle to trim the edges of the table.

1x4 collar: You'll cut 4 pieces to fit around the top of the newel post.

Playing Surface
¾-inch MDF: 1 @ 48 by 48 inches. You'll cut it into a smaller square that will fit inside the length and width of the inner ring, then clip off the corners to create an octagon.

Stand
Newel post: 1 @ 29 inches. You'll cut from the top and bottom to position the tapered profile.
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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