Think building a poker table is hard ? We consider this.. I did it, and just look at me. If I can do it, so can you. I'd never really built anything before except a dilapidated bird house in my High School shop class. Luckily, with all the great information online, all you really need is the ability to follow directions. The directions I created are for a very simple full felt table with no wood racetrack. These are good plans for a beginner wanting to make a simple first table. The cup holders I use are removable and slide under the rail. I love the way the table came out and, even with the experience under my belt, plan to build another full felt table. I guess I just like them better.
DO NOT PAY FOR POKER TABLE PLANS! DO NOT TRY TO SELL THESE PLANS!
Believe it or not there are people that sell links to free poker table plans on E-Bay.
If you want to show your gratitude for these plans, please donate to www.childfund.org
Before we get started let me just list some references to other sites that will undoubtedly help you along the way.
Home Poker Tourney - This site maintains links to all the major poker table building sites on the Internet. It's a great resource.
Scott Keen's Forum - Start browsing the posts out here you'll find it hard to stop. If you get stuck or have a question, these guys can help. They are friendly and extremely knowledgeable. I lurked out here for about a month before I decided what to do. I suggest you do the same.
Take some time and poke around the various web sites. Decide what you want for a table. There's a lot of different ways to do it. You can use various types of wood, add cup holders in the rail, install a finished wood racetrack with or without cup holders, you can add lights, you can have a full sized oval table, a small oval table, you make it round, octagonal, there's various fabric choices... you get the picture. Out on Scott Keen's forum there is a Sticky Thread that has nothing but pictures of tables. Take some time, look them over and decide what you want. Then, take a look at my instructions. Maybe they can help you.
Step 1 - Make a list of what you need
Step 2 - Beer and Cutting
Step 3 - Tracing, Understanding the Big Picture
Step 4 - Cutting the Rail
Step 5 - Gluing and Screwing
Step 6 - Testing the fit.. Getting Schooled by daughter
Step 7 - More Gluing and Screwing
Step 8 - Laying Down the Playing Surface Foam
Step 9 - Upholstering the Playing Surface
Step 10 - Cutting the Rail Foam
Step 11 - Putting Foam to Rail
Step 12 - Center and staple the outside of the rail
Step 13 - Cut and staple the inside
Step 14 - Attach the rail to the playing surface
Step 15 - Cut and attach the legs
Step 16 - Sign it and You're Done
Step 17 - Lessons Learned
Best of Luck.. Drop me some feedback if you want to.