SHUFFLE UP AND DEAL
This poker table is a cut above.
SHOP OWNER: Paul Blackwell
LOCATION: Newark, NY
I've been wanting to build a poker table for our monthly get togethers, and just completed it this month. The outer ring is walnut, and the pedestal base is 3/4” oak veneered plywood with walnut trim. The outer pieces are 7” wide by 24” long, and the table measures about 55” across.
The embossed playing surface cloth and brass drink holders were purchased online from Casino Supply. The most difficult part of the build process was cutting the eight outer pieces to 22 1/2 degrees exactly. I set the angle as close as possible, made several test pieces, and finally got up enough nerve to make the cuts. I thought the odds of getting it right were slim but it turned out very good, with everything matching up with no gaps.
The walnut lumber I purchased was all rough sawn. I jointed it with a spiral head carbide insert machine. I then ran them through my Performax drum sander with 150 grit paper. Then they were finish sanded with 180 grit sandpaper and finally 220 grit with a palm sander. I applied three coats of polyurethane, sanding between coats with 400 grit paper. I like to use foam brushes to apply the poly. It seems much easier to avoid runs and sags in the finish. The final coat was rubbed out with 0000 steel wool and paste waxed. I was very pleased with the way the table turned out, and the embossed playing surface fabric added a nice touch.
. . . Paul Blackwell