Build Your Own Poker Tables - Supplies
Poker Table Supplies
Gathering the right supplies for your poker table will determine the quality of the finished product. For this reason you need to make sure that you get the right supplies the first time. It starts to get expensive if you continually buy the wrong supplies and have to replace them later on. We recommend that you read through the entire process before you buy anything. That way you will have a better idea of exactly what you are building and you'll be aware of minor adjustments that you may want to make to your poker table.
You're going to build your poker table primarily out of wood. What you need is 2 sheets of 8x4 1/2 inch particle board or ply wood. This wood is going to be covered by felt and vinyl so the finish is not at all important. You may choose to buy a 3rd sheet of wood of higher quality for a nice base that will show below the rail. Adding this 3rd sheet really makes the poker table look nice but it is in no way required. I use 3 sheets.
This is a tougher task than the wood. The playing surface can be made of a lot of things and its completely up to you what you use. People use felt, casino cloth, billiard cloth, velvet, velveteen, and even micro suede. I generally use Velveteen or Casino Cloth unless there is a very specific reason to use something else. Whatever you use you will need an 8x4 piece. Make sure not to get it any smaller than 8x4 or it may be hard to stretch over the surface of your poker table. We carry a wide range of pre cut Poker Table Fabric.
The railing of your poker table is generally upholstered in vinyl. This what wraps the railing on all of my poker tables. It has a nice soft feeling, is easy to stretch. Vinyl is also an extremely cheap alternative to real leather, which is rarely used. You will need a piece that is no smaller than 4.5x9 and stretchable. Since its usually sold in 6' width, you would probably be better off getting a piece that is 6x9. This extra foot or so is helpful because the vinyl is tough to stretch tight, and that extra bit to grab ahold of will show in the smoothness of the railing on your poker table. Head to the shop to check out our pre cut Poker Table Rail Vinyl.
To pad the rail of your poker table you will need a continuous sheet of 1" high density foam. A sheet that is 104 x 54" gives you enough overlay to wrap the padding all the way around the rail. You will also need a sheet of 1/4" foam for the playing surface. Poker Table Padding is available in the shop in those exact dimensions.
You will need at least 2 cans of spray adhesive. You're going to use this to keep the foam in place under the playing surface of your poker table. You'll also use it to keep the railing foam in place. Any brand will do.
You're going to use a ton of staples when you upholster your poker table. Since they're cheap I recommend that you buy more than you think you'll need. You'll be surprised at how many staples you actually use.
Once you've got all of your supplies and tools in order its time for you to build your poker table. You're ready for Step Three - Wood Working.