Why pull out an old folding card table on game night when you can use a poker table you built? For experienced woodworkers, building a poker table is about the same as building any other wood table except you'll add more dimension and style to it. It's a great addition to a game room, and it will give you something to brag about when dealing the cards.
Start at the Bottom
A traditional poker table has seating for eight players and trays for poker chips. But before you begin working on the surface of the poker table, you'll have to start with the legs and the apron.
This design calls for four tapered table legs. Each leg will have two pieces of wood that will butt together and taper from the tabletop to the floor. Choose a sturdy wood, such as oak, and cut to length. Keep in mind the height of the people using the table, and cut the table legs long enough to accommodate an adult sitting in a chair.
Once the two pieces are cut to length and tapered, piece them together at the sides and glue them in place. Finish with pilot screws to secure the tapered legs.
Apron and Legs
Once all four legs are completed, start with the apron for the table. The apron is the frame for your tabletop and will be held up with the table legs.
To build the apron, build two square frames. One small frame will be installed inside a larger frame. Start by constructing the larger frame, making sure that each side of the square is equal. Next, do the same with the smaller frame. Connect the larger frame and the smaller frame with wood filler blocks. Install a filler block on each side of the larger frame, leaving enough room at the corners to install the tapered legs. Connect all of these pieces together with wood glue and screws.
Once the apron is complete, you should have two frames connected together with four filler blocks on each side. Between those filler blocks will be gaps that will accommodate each of the tapered legs you created earlier. Slip the tapered legs into the gaps. If you made the filler blocks long enough, the legs should fit snugly into the corner spaces.
Add wood glue to the sides, slide the legs in place, and finish by securing with bolts.
Building the Tabletop
Once the frame and legs are completed, build two tabletops. One of those tabletops will fit securely inside the table frame, while the other will be a large octagonal piece that will lie on top of the table.
Start with the smaller tabletop. Cut the tabletop to length so that it fits securely inside the frame you created. Make sure the lengths are equal on each side. To get the small tabletop to rest inside the frame, create two wooden cleats. Drill the cleats into the inside of the frame. With the cleats secured, place the small tabletop on top of the cleats. Next, drill the tabletop to the cleats.
What you will now have is a small table. To make this small table into a poker table, measure out a large octagonal tabletop. This will allow for eight people to sit at the table. Make sure each side of the octagon is equal in length. Cut the octagon out of the wood, and nail it to your tabletop.
To finish off the project, add wooden trays to each end of the octagon. These trays will allow players to store their poker chips.