Poker Table for 10

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Project by Woodlander posted 04-16-2009 10:46 PM 3659 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Here’s my first major woodworking project – a poker table that I built last year. I had a very limited “collection” of tools at the time, so I did the best with what I had.

It included:

Hitachi Jigsaw CJ110MV
Arrow ETFX50 Electric Stapler
Black & Decker 18v Drill

I also built 3 saw horses out of 2×4’s and used 2 rolling dollies that I had from my move to TX.

The table is 8 feet long, just under 4 feet wide, has stainless steel cupholders in the Oak racetrack. The 60lb foam cushioned outer padding is encased in 1 piece of high quality auto grade “pleather” (you wouldn’t believe how real the stuff is nowadays)... and the actual playing surface is a piece of 3/4 oak plywood with 1/4” of neoprene, covered in suited speedcloth (has tiny suits on it and the cards fly really nicely – also wears a lot less).

I did use the ready made Rockler base and legs, but made the stretcher bar (and jigsaw’ed the suits out of it) myself. They were actually great quality and helped me greatly!

I finished it off with a band of wood that I tacked in with poker suited furniture tacks…

That’s it! My first project… many more to follow, as I’ve just started my workshop! I bought the R4511 Ridgid table saw, and the Hitachi KM12MC… so it should be fun… I’m still waiting on my Delta 50-760 to arrive so that I don’t wind up shoveling again (left NJ for TX 3 years ago, and don’t miss that at all)...

I’m still very new… so I hope to get a lot of advice and I’m pretty good at taking some constructive criticism as needed!

Talk to y’all later!

-- "Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off. " - Ayn Rand

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#1 posted 04-16-2009 10:48 PM

i guess if you had real tools you’d be scary.. great job

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#2 posted 04-16-2009 11:11 PM

Shuffle-up! And deal!!! Great table. Remember when playing – always give yourself a chance to win!!! NIce job!

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#3 posted 04-16-2009 11:11 PM

Fantastic! Welcome to LJ

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#4 posted 04-16-2009 11:57 PM

Dang! That would be impressive no matter how many tools you had.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 04-17-2009 12:22 AM

Great job…

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#6 posted 04-17-2009 12:57 AM

Wow!! This is an impressive piece of furniture. The table is simply gorgeous and building it on a shoestring tool budget the way you did is even more impressive.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 04-17-2009 02:02 AM

Very nice job, lets play cards…..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 04-17-2009 03:46 PM

How come you didn’t install cameras and LED lighting? Just kidding. I hope you’re able to pay for the construction out of poker winnings before the weekend is over.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#9 posted 04-17-2009 04:37 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments… I appreciate them!

Cory – There are some insane ideas out there (some of them have computers built in to the center…) I wanted to keep it pretty easy on the budget…

Inclusive of the Wood (used Oak Ply for much of it) the Rockler legs & columns (almost $200) as well as the speedcloth, neoprene, pleather and nailheads) the total cost was just under $600. I think that was also including my purchase of the jigsaw though… I can’t be sure. I also had to buy stains, brushes, etc.

So all in all, it wasn’t a very expensive project… considering that most that you see online with the same quality/features are between $1500-2000…

I’ve won a few times, so I think I have made some of it back, but the beer costs money unfortunately, so I may end up losing in the end!


-- "Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off. " - Ayn Rand

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#10 posted 04-18-2009 08:47 AM

Awesome table. I would be interested in what you used for plans and maybe some of the sites out there have some of the unique features you mentioned. Keep up the great work and look forward to seeing what you produce as you increase your tool collection.

-- joetroba, PA

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#11 posted 04-18-2009 03:00 PM

I had some drawings that I made, I’ll see if I can scan them later, but as far as the items that I made the table with (I think that’s what you’re looking for) here you go…

the cup holders were from ebay – the seller I got them from isn’t there anymore… but here’s what they were -

(10) Jumbo Stainless Steel Drop-In Cup Holders
$69.00 Stainless Steel
•Cup holders fit into any compartment 3-1/2 inches in diameter
•Fits any drink 3-1/2 inches in diameter or less
•The stainless steel won’t rust and is very durable

the 2 pedestals and 4 legs were from rockler – as seen here

the rest of the purchased components came from
they had

the foam (single sheet) for under the rail,

the leather to cover that foam,

the red suited speed cloth,

the neoprene underneath the speedcloth,

the nails for the trim,

I can walk you through the steps I took to build it if I can’t find my original drawings… but I’ll try!


-- "Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off. " - Ayn Rand

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#12 posted 08-20-2009 03:59 AM

beautiful table! the marriage between the materials is superb.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#13 posted 08-20-2009 04:20 AM

very cool

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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