Texas Hold'em Poker Table

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Project by Brad_Nailor posted 2519 days ago 3781 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this table for a friend who is a poker fanatic. It’s made all of cabinet grade maple plywood. I could have used cheaper grades of ply on the parts that got covered but I wanted it to be quality throughout..and besides I was working at a cabinet shop that had a 5’x10’ bed CNC router. I designed the table pieces on AutoCAD nesting them all together, and the CNC router cut the whole thing out in three sheets about 2 minutes! The curves are perfect and the cup holes accurate to 2 decimal places! This was a woodworking project and an arts and crafts one also! I was cutting foam and vinyl, upholstering, gluing felt, stapling…geez Where’s Martha Stewart! The “racetrack” was finished in Deft semi gloss lacquer. The legs are commercial bar table legs that are actually removeable for storage and portability. The original center section was velveteen from an arts and crafts store, but we soon changed that out for casino quality cloth with card suits embossed in the fabric. My friend loves it and he hosts two games a month and gets allot of compliments on the table. I am going to include some construction shots so everyone can see what a “project” it was!

This first shot shows the pieces straight from the CNC..look at those great cuts!
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Glueing up the risers and spacers on the base
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Heres a shot of the arm rest upside down with the foam attached..ready for upholstering!
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The vinyl is stapled and trimmed on the outside and I’m laying out the inside cuts
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Close up of the pie cuts for the inside staples
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Here is a couple of shots of the “upgrade” casino cloth
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#1 posted 2519 days ago

Beautiful work! Thanks for showing the process.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 2519 days ago

Really nicely done.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 2519 days ago

I love a good poker game. One of those tables would be great in my basement. That’s impressive work. There’s a definite market for these things right now. Maybe you should consider taking orders.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 2519 days ago

Really impressive. I no longer play but I never played at a nicer table than this one.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 2518 days ago

Brad Nailer – That is OUTSTANDING WORK!!!!

I am impressed to say the least. You guys humble me big time putting up stuff like this. Wow!

Nice job!!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Chris Davis

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#6 posted 2518 days ago

That is great. I’ve always wanted to make one of those. I bet it take longer than 2 min. for me to cut one out.

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#7 posted 2518 days ago

Nice Poker table.

I build one very similar to this one about 3 years ago; did you get the design from Mark Junell’s website ( ?

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#8 posted 2518 days ago

Thanks for all the nice comments guys! Nice eye Quentin..when my freind asked me to build him the table, I told him I knew nothing about poker tables. So we went online to ( and looked at all the tables. We both liked Junells design the best so we modeled it after his. Plus his instructions and photos were great since I had never built a table before. jstewart… we considered building tables and selling them. I started to work out other designs, (without cup holders, no race track, pull out draw for chips and cards, dealer sections, etc) but we found out it would be really expensive to ship one, and none of the local billiard table dealers were interested in selling them for us. Besides that, my boss was going to charge me to cut out any tables on the CNC that we were going to sell (he let me do that one for free since I wasnt charging my freind) so we kinda bailed on the idea. I could cut them out by hand but it wouldnt come out as nice! I was thinking of having him CNC me a set of pieces out of Baltic birch, and then use a pattern bit in my router to cut them out. I would love to build another was allot of fun, and I had some really cool ideas to customize them!


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#9 posted 2517 days ago

Nice job man. I built a very similar table for a buddy of mine but I didn’t a system for cutting the curved parts of the vinyl…until now. My next one should be a little easier now. “East bound and down”

-- When your wife says your hobby is expensive, remind her that it's still cheaper than divorce. That should shut her up....for a while.

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#10 posted 2517 days ago

KEWL story here. I really enjoyed reading and seeing this article. I’ll also bet you felt like a little kid on Christmas morning watching that CNC Router make your project! We all should get one of those. I also like the casino style felt. Makes the card table a “card table”. Nice job Brad.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Patrick Jaromin

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#11 posted 2428 days ago

Damn…now I gotta go out and buy a CNC machine!

Thanks for sharing and including all the details…gonna have to bookmark this project so I can build one of my own someday.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#12 posted 1638 days ago

that’s a very nice looking poker table… almost at the top of my “honey-do” list… 2 more things in the way… then on to designing and building me one of those… my poker parties will not be the same…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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