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DIY Poker Table

post #1 of 137
Thread Starter 
Great New Section!! Thought I should contribute something.

Here is a link to my DIY poker table. I recently had my first game on it and it sat eight pretty comfortably.

Since I dont have a game room or theater yet, I had to use folding legs so I could store it between games. My goal is to eventually have a game room/bar adjacent to a dedicated theater. At that time I plan to build a furniture quality regulation Hold 'Em table to be the centerpiece of that room.

-Gerry

DIY poker table
post #2 of 137
Interesting, I don't see a seam in the padded edge. Did you actually use a large piece of material and then just waste away the center? Is the cloth like a billard table cloth?

Details, man, details.
post #3 of 137
Thread Starter 
yeah, the center of the vinyl is wasted for the benefit of a seamless rail, but I think its worth it for the cleaner look.

While many use billiard cloth, it is pretty expensive. I used velveteen. The cards slide really well on it and it appears to be holding up well. After several hours of play it is not balling up or anything like that.

I basically bought everything at Joann's. Being a preferred customer (I know, pretty sad) I had a bunch of 50% off coupons for the vinyl, velveteen and foam. There are also some online distributors that sell some good table construction supplies.

I used one inch high density foam in the rail. Rather than waste the center, I stacked a second layer on top of the first, which is why my rail looks like its on steroids. But it is very comfortable.

Below the velveteen playing surface is headliner foam. This makes it really easy to pickup your cards, or just peak at the corners without lifting them from the table.

I could go on for awhile about construction, so if anyone is curious or wants more details, let me know.
post #4 of 137
Nice Job, it looks terrific

I'll have to look into this once my basement is finished ...
post #5 of 137
First thing I thought of when I saw the rail was those pool "noodles". I think they're about 5 feet long and soft. I may have to make my own table now! Pretty cool. Nice job!

Bud
post #6 of 137
Building poker tables is what Ive been doing for a year, just now getting into Audio/Video...stay away from pool noodles. They may "work" whatever that means, but they will never look good; actually they will look like junk.

The table pictured above is a classic 8' oval table and looks great. Nice job
post #7 of 137
I meant covered of course!
post #8 of 137
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Originally Posted by chinadog View Post

I meant covered of course!

Those pool noodles dont look good, and I also mean covered. The vinyl just wont be smooth, and it would take way too much work/stretching to get it to look "passable".

Some have used black pipe insulation. It keeps the cards on the table, and it looks decent until a few games are played on it and it begins to tear and rip.
post #9 of 137
Wow - nice job!

I keep looking at this site: Homepokertourney.com at all the tables. But I just don't have room. I have a felt cover I put over the table in my theater lobby - with the leafs in it will seat 8 for poker.

Randy
post #10 of 137
Well...
I'm almost done! Just waiting on the stainless steel cupholders and folding legs!

For anybody interested in building one, it really is not that hard. I have never built anything, and it is going to turn out a whole lot better than I thought it would!!!

Check this site out for a ton of free plans and info,

www.homepokertourney.com

And here are a couple of pictures of it,





Questions and comments appreciated!!!

Thanks,

David
post #11 of 137
That's pretty sweet! What do the legs look like?

I'll have to check that site out now. Great, another project on my list. Home theater, bar, poster boxes and now a poker table!

Bud
post #12 of 137
Thanks Bud!!!

I'm just putting black folding legs like the type on a banquet table due to lack of space. This way I can just hang it on the wall in the garage when not in use.

Bye the way, great work on your Theater!!! I've been following your thread and it is coming along awesome!!! Keep it up!!! Seriously though if you have any type of skill, unlike myself, and It's pretty obvious you do, this can be build in a weekend. The only thing that takes that any time is applying the poly to the wood, then sanding in between coats. (9 coats!)

Thanks,

David
post #13 of 137
David,

Thanks. Still got some work to do in the HT room and gameroom. I'm really going to consider building one of these. I may not get to it until the spring, but it'll get done. I'll post pictures when I start.

Randy and David, thanks for the links and pictures.

Bud
post #14 of 137
It's not perfect... but I can live with it till I build another!!!

Let me know what you guys think, and I would love to here from anybody else that is going to build one!!!








Thanks,

David
post #15 of 137
David, looks great, really. I plan on building one, but like I said, it'll be next spring. Too much on my plate right now.

Bud
post #16 of 137
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Originally Posted by chinadog View Post

David, looks great, really. I plan on building one, but like I said, it'll be next spring. Too much on my plate right now.

Bud


Thanks again Bud!

Yeah, don't build one of these... you need to hurry up and finish the theater so I can see some completed pictures of it!!!

It's coming along awesome!!!
Keep it up!!!

David
post #17 of 137
Dang, that looks good.
post #18 of 137
Thanks gw6!!! The next one WILL be better!!!

David
post #19 of 137
Nice Job David. I've been looking at doing one of those, but it'll have to wait till next month, that's when my home theater should be complete.

Since it was your first time, I'm curious to know how long it took you to build? (not counting waiting for supplies, but if you had everything ready to go when you made your first cut?)
post #20 of 137
If you folks want one built for you, these guys did a great job on mine. They typically use faux suede, as it handles stain and traffic well, but will use other fabrics if you supply them. Had mine done in dark Hunter Green Suede, natural maple racetrack with black cupholders, and black textured padded leather for the rail.

www.bvpokertables.com

They're out of Fremont Ca.
post #21 of 137
Unseth

Well... if I didn't use so much poly on the racetrack portion (about 12 coats!) it could be built in a day! In between each coat of poly I sanded, so waiting for each coat to dry, and then sanding, that alone took about 3 days. I think if you built one with no racetrack it could easily be done in a day or so! But then again, I was waiting for materials to arrive, so I was in no real hurry.

Also, I am considering building a few to sell. There is a bar up street from me that runs a league that plays five days a week, and they use cheap fold up table covers! Plus the owner is applying for permits to have a full time card room, so I'm going to ask him if he is interested... So, we'll see what happens!!! If anyone here is interested, send me a PM and maybe we could work something out? Just throwing that out there... I am NOT starting a business, or trying to make a boatload of money! I enjoyed building this, and if I could help any of you out, that would be great!!!
post #22 of 137
Wow, this is a pretty nice table. I had no idea how to build one - thanks for the link to the homepokertourney.com site. I'll also probably build one of these instead of buying. I'll be sure to post pictures when I do.

-Ryan
post #23 of 137
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Originally Posted by davidr2340 View Post

Thanks gw6!!! The next one WILL be better!!!

David

I agree, your table looks sweet. I'm having the faux suede playing surface on my racetrack table changed out this weekend. I'm going with the Suited Casino Speed Cloth like yours, except in Pine Green. The faux suede looks pretty, especially when brushed out, but it's too slow for the cards. Mine has the natural stained Maple racetrack and black padded rail similar to yours.
post #24 of 137
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Originally Posted by rmcveigh View Post

Wow, this is a pretty nice table. I had no idea how to build one - thanks for the link to the homepokertourney.com site. I'll also probably build one of these instead of buying. I'll be sure to post pictures when I do.

-Ryan


You really should build one yourself!!! Just take your time, find some good plans, and go for it!!!
Can't wait to see some pics!!!
Good luck!!!

David
post #25 of 137
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Originally Posted by Jive Turkey View Post

I agree, your table looks sweet. I'm having the faux suede playing surface on my racetrack table changed out this weekend. I'm going with the Suited Casino Speed Cloth like yours, except in Pine Green. The faux suede looks pretty, especially when brushed out, but it's too slow for the cards. Mine has the natural stained Maple racetrack and black padded rail similar to yours.

Yeah, I've heard that a lot about the faux suede... a little slow! But it does look sharp!!! You won't be disappointed with the Suited Speed Cloth! Cards slide NICE!!! Pine green should look sharp too!!!
Do you have any pics of it? I would love to see it!!!

Thanks you guys!!!
David
post #26 of 137
>>Yeah, I've heard that a lot about the faux suede... a little slow! But it does look sharp!!! You won't be disappointed with the Suited Speed Cloth! Cards slide NICE!!! Pine green should look sharp too!!!
Do you have any pics of it? I would love to see it!!! <<

Got the Suited Speed Cloth put on yesterday, played a full ring game tonight. Everyone likes it so much better and really thought it looked sharp. I think I can now find something else in life to be anal about!

No digital camera at hand here at the moment. Sent it off to college with my son.
post #27 of 137
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Originally Posted by davidr2340 View Post

It's not perfect... but I can live with it till I build another!!!

Let me know what you guys think, and I would love to here from anybody else that is going to build one!!!

Thanks,

David

Can I ask how much that ended up running you after it was all over?
post #28 of 137
dsaumkc,

Sorry about the delay in my reply!

I think the total was about $350.00... but I had to buy a few things that I didn't have, but can use on future tables! Also I didn't really shop around for the lowest price on much of anything!

So I would say it could be done for about $250.00 - $275.00!

Thanks!
David
post #29 of 137
Gerry and David,
Both of you have great looking tables. I have a table that looks exactly like Gerry's but mine has built in cup holders in the railing. If I were to make or buy another one I'd get cup holders that have a lip on the bottom of them so you can just slide part of it under the railing rather than have them built in. I deal a lot of poker tournaments and live action, while playing a good bit in my free time and a lot of people won't have a drink so the cup holders or "cup holes" just get in the way or take up space that could be used otherwise. If you make cup holders optional it helps out a lot and people dont have to deal with them if they dont need them.

I have to say David's table is gorgeous! My personal preference would be to have more felt on the table and no race track around the perimeter, but that's just me. As a player I like to have more felt to play around with my chips and I like having my hole cards right in front of me rather than out near the flop.

A note on the casino speed felt and the velveteen: I personally love the velveteen feel of the table but the casino speed felt is great as well and probably a lot easier to clean. A note on the "slide ability" of cards on the faux suede....you might think about using KEM cards or COPAG cards. They are both plastic cards and if you play a lot...a definite must! I have four decks of the kem cards and two decks of the copags. The main difference with the copags is that they are a little more "grainy" on the surface than the kems, which allows them to stay slick a little longer than the Kems without washing them. But on any surface, either of these cards will slide with no problem.

Thanks for reading,
Quinten
post #30 of 137
btw, the COPAG cards are cheaper than KEM cards and a lot easier to get ahold of these days!
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