June 9, 2023

How to Build a Poker Table

Are you looking for a fun and challenging project? Why not build your own poker table? In this blog post, we’ll show you how to build a poker table step by step. We’ll cover the basics of what you’ll need, the construction process, and adding the finishing touches. So grab your tools and let’s get started!

Building a Poker Table: The Basics.

To build a poker table, you will need the following supplies:

-A sheet of plywood (at least 4’x8′), or a pre-cut poker table top

-A roll of casino-grade felt

-Padding for the rails (optional)

-Staples and a stapler

-Wood glue

-Sandpaper (80 grit and 120 grit)

The Process.

Building a poker table is a relatively simple process that anyone with basic woodworking skills can complete. The first step is to cut the plywood to size if you are using a sheet of plywood. Pre-cut poker table tops will already have the correct dimensions.

Next, lay the felt out on the surface of the plywood and trim it to size, leaving about 2 inches of excess on all sides. Once the felt is trimmed, apply a generous amount of wood glue to one side of the plywood. Starting at one end, slowly roll or fold the felt onto the glued surface, taking care to avoid air bubbles. Press down firmly on the felt as you go to ensure good contact with the glue.

Allow the glue to dry for at least 24 hours before continuing.

Once the glue has dried, flip the table over and staple the felt into place along all four edges. Be sure to use heavy-duty staples that are long enough to penetrate both the wood and padding (if using). Trim any excess fabric from around the edges with scissors or a utility knife.

Now it’s time to add padding to the rails if desired. This step is not strictly necessary, but it does make for a more comfortable playing experience Poker Chips Set. Cut strips of foam padding slightly longer than each rail and staple them into place along both inner edges of each rail using heavy-duty staples.

The final step is to sand all surfaces of your poker table smoothly using 80-grit sandpaper followed by 120-grit sandpaper before applying your finish of choice.

Building a Poker Table: The Details.

To begin, you will need to cut the fabric for your feet. The standard size for a poker table is 8 feet by 4 feet, so you will need to cut two pieces of fabric that are 8 feet by 4 feet. Once you have cut the fabric, you will need to attach it to the table using adhesive spray or liquid nails.

Attach one piece of fabric to the top of the table and the other piece of fabric to the underside of the table. Make sure that the fabric is pulled taught so that there are no wrinkles on the surface. Once the fabric is attached, you will need to trim off any excess material.

Next, you will need to apply a layer of adhesive to the underside of the table. This will help to keep the felt in place and prevent it from shifting during use. Once the adhesive has been applied, you can put your rails in place.

Table Materials.

The next step is to select your materials for the tabletop itself. The most common material used for poker tables is MDF, which stands for medium-density fiberboard. MDF is a sturdy material that is easy to work with and relatively inexpensive. Other popular options include plywood and particle board.

Once you have selected your material, you will need to cut it down to size using a saw. The tabletop should be 8 feet long and 4 feet wide. After cutting the tabletop down to size, sand down any rough edges and then apply a layer of primer before painting or staining it.


Rails are typically made out of wood, but they can also be made out of metal or plastic. If you are using wood, make sure that it is hardwood such as oak or maple so that it can withstand years of use without warping or breaking.

Once you have selected your material, cut it down to size and then attach it to the tabletop using screws or nails. Make sure that the rails are evenly spaced around the perimeter of the table and that they are level with one another. If you are using metal or plastic rails, you will need to drill holes in the tabletop so that you can screw or bolt them in place.


Padding is optional but it can make your poker table more comfortable to play on. The most common type of padding used is foam, but you can also use other materials such as batting or felt. Cut the padding down to size and then glue or staple it in place around the perimeter of the table.