How to Build a Poker Table
Host friends for food and fun with this dining table that turns into a poker player's paradise with just a flip of the lid
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, follow our free card table plans to 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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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.
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.
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.
Newel post: 1 @ 29 inches. You'll cut from the top and bottom to position the tapered profile.