Step 6: Install the inner edge

man installing inner edge of poker table
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Lay a length of 1x2 flat on the table inside the ring of coaster blocks so that the edge of the 1x2 sits against the top edge of a coaster block. Mark the distance between the angled ends of two coasters. Miter the ends of the 1x2 at opposing 22½-degree angles. Lay the piece in place, and mark the remaining pieces until all the pieces of the inner ring are sized. Apply glue to the underside and ends of each piece, set them in place, and nail through the underside of the table to secure them. To help position the nail gun underneath the table, cut a scrap piece of 1x2 to the distance the inner ring sits from the edge of the table and nail it to a second perpendicular block to create a T-shaped spacer. Hook the T on the edge of the table with the stem underneath, and position the nail gun at the end of the stem.
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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