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Project by SteveM posted 12-28-2006 11:32 PM 3462 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first “real” project. Most prior things were 2×4s hammered into some configuration. This is a custom job in that every side is slightly different – not by plan, just result. The casual visitor can’t see the flaws that stick out so blantly to me therefore I’m happy with the result. Except, I’ve yet to win at the table.

The wood is walnut, plans are from my head with lots of info from various poker table web sites.

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#1 posted 12-29-2006 12:01 AM

You went from hammering 2×4’s to this? That’s one nice poker table. Isn’t there a standing rule that a poker player can’t win at his own table? Just joking!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 12-29-2006 12:22 AM

Lovely table, Steve. It looks very well executed. You state theat “the plans are from my head”. Do you draw up plans before proceeding, or do you straight to cutting wood based on what’s in your head?

Isn’t it strange how we are compelled to tell others about the flaws and mistakes we make that no one else can see?

I always remember my father, also a recreational woodworker, doing this. He would call me out to his shop and show me something he had just made. After offering my appropriate ‘Ooo’s & Aww’s he would then show me the mistakes. Strange!

I would like to suggest that if no one can see them – keep your secret. But I guess therein lies your ‘fear’. You don’t want someone to notice the error and not say anything to you, not want to offend – but most of all you don’t want them to think that you didn’t know any better.

I suspect it’s an ego thing.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 12-29-2006 04:18 AM

I must come with the territory… I point out all the flaws on everything I build just in case someone else notices them I don’t want them to think I wasn’t aware. And a Fine table by-the-way.
I built a 7-sided treehouse with Maple floors and t-111 siding and dual-paned windows ship lap roofing that would stay put when the tree grew up and out.
After I’d figured the first three cuts on the floor joists the friend I was building it for said”You could have figured the angle by taking 360 degrees and dividing by the number of sides and then dividing by two.
I thought’ Oh, sure, now that I’ve figured out the agnles already. But a lesson learned.
So, if you haven’t won at the table yet, deal me in.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 12-29-2006 06:06 AM

Beautiful table,it looks flawless to me. It looks like you’ve got your head together in all the right places. You should charge your friends admission to play on it, that should cut your losses.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 12-29-2006 06:34 AM

Perhaps you could say that the table is custom sized to to fit your regular poker group? A couple of the guys just seemed to benefit from an extra 3/16” of elbow room, right?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Mark A. DeCou

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#6 posted 01-02-2007 08:12 PM

what a great project SteveM: I haven’t played poker since 1987 when I won a $26.00 hand on a “Guy’s Penny Poker Night.” I was never invited back after that, but I left right after I won that huge hand, which might explain why I didn’t get invited again.

With all of the exposure Poker has gotten in the past few years, it is a very fast growing hobby for sure, and I hope you get some folks over to enjoy the game table often.

I was told many years ago by an old-timer not to point out the flaws in my work. I don’t see them in your table, I just see wonderful walnut, a bright red top, and a cool design. I would enjoy seeing photos of the base of the table if you wanted to back and post them.

thanks for posting,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#7 posted 07-19-2007 08:49 PM


”The casual visitor can’t see the flaws that stick out so blantly to me…” – Steve

Isn’t that wonderful, that many times people will never notice the “boo-boo’s.”

Looks like a beautiful job to me, Steve. Thanks for sharing your handiwork with us.

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

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#8 posted 07-19-2007 09:18 PM


Thanks for bring resurrecting this one.

I love the table and the look of the walnut. Good choice. Nice design, storage for chips, and a place for a cold drink! Well done! Any chance of a pic showing the legs and undertable support?


-- RonR, Massachusetts

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#9 posted 09-20-2007 08:33 PM

Wow, wow, wow! Great table.

-- Gary, Florida

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#10 posted 09-20-2007 11:16 PM

Steve A great poker table. It’s been a while since you posted it. Have you won yet?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#11 posted 09-25-2007 07:41 AM

I love this table!

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

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#12 posted 01-27-2010 10:21 PM

great looking poker table Steve… have this in my plans for building soon… Like you, I don’t usually win at my own poker parties… but then again, it’s about getting some friends over for some laughs and drinks right? of course winning would help pay for those drinks… lol

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

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#13 posted 05-05-2010 04:49 AM

Nice table

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#14 posted 05-05-2010 04:53 AM

Great looking poker table. As for not winning at it…It’s YOUR table right? I always thought the house always wins in the end! Just a thought. Great job.

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#15 posted 05-05-2010 07:26 AM

Wow very nice a super cool poker table

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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