Poker table

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Project by benihun posted 06-10-2008 12:06 PM 2542 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Me and my friends love to play poker, so I built a poker table.
This is one of my first projects.

I made the whole table by a single jigsaw and of 2 sheets of plywood (1525×1525mm alder or birch).
The center piece has 1cm thick foam under the textile.
The rail has 3cm thick foam under the black leatherette.
Its legs need to be reworked a little for they are not solid enough for twisting, so they haven’t had finishing on them yet.

We have played on it several times already. It works fine!

If I make another one some time, I will make it more like a woodworker not like a tinker as I did with this one.
And I won’t forget to make photos while making the table.

Please let me know if there is something you could suggest in connection with this or future table(s).
For example: How would you make the lags hold against twisting?

Any questions?

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#1 posted 06-10-2008 12:24 PM

Nice table!
I f you want to keep close to your design you could use a thicker stock with a tresle cnnecting the legs or some type of a spreader. That should work. After looking ait some more if you laminated a couple of pcs. of ply you could use that as spreader and use loose tenons to connect to your leg assembly. This would work as long as you have as solid connection at the top of the legs coonecting to the table. Just some ideas of the top of my head?

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#2 posted 06-10-2008 12:58 PM

Thanks! I think I’ll use one piece of the remained plywood to connect all the legs.

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#3 posted 06-10-2008 01:35 PM

Nice job. Thats a great looking table. I would somehow tie the two leg sets together with a trestle like Ed said. I used a seperate piece of plywood glued and screwed to the bottom of the table. Then I set threaded inserts in that and bought metal bar table legs and bolted them to the inserts. Rock solid stable, and the legs are removeable.


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#4 posted 06-10-2008 01:37 PM

Just goes to show you what can be done with simple tools! Great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 06-10-2008 03:29 PM

Great job with simple tools and materials!

I agree that just tying the legs in together somehow would add a tremendous amount of rigidity.

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

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#6 posted 06-10-2008 07:20 PM

Are your friends going to want to play on a table you built if you are winning all the time? That’s a nice design! I moght consider a stretcher between the two small stretcher you’ve already installed between the legs, and just the width of the opening between the leg pairs. Alternatively, you could always “gussett” the existing legs to keep things clean below, but I don’t like that idea as well as the stretcher that Ed and David mentioned.

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#7 posted 06-10-2008 07:28 PM

I’ve allways admired these tables…that just a nice job on the top and I like how you design the legs…may your pots be plentiful and your friends keep donating great job …Blkcherry

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#8 posted 06-10-2008 07:42 PM

Nice looking table, have fun. I love poker too. Biut learned a long time ago when to fold em. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 06-11-2008 10:35 PM

Nice table . Well done . Nice to know how well people can do with simple tools.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#10 posted 01-30-2010 10:38 AM

great results on this one… well done..

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

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#11 posted 02-11-2010 08:19 AM

Nice build good looking poker table.

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#12 posted 02-11-2010 08:31 AM

Nice looking table. The only thing missing is the chairs. :-)

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#13 posted 02-20-2011 05:35 AM

Very nice. One of the better looking poker table designs I seen on LJ. Could you add a picture with the improvements?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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