How to Build a Folding Table Top Poker Table

If you have a round table that you want to use to play poker, such as a dining room table, you can build a tabletop poker table to set on top of the table.

This allows you to continue to use the table for dining, but to also play cards after dinner is over. To do this you will need to take proper measurements of the table that you want to use with the tabletop poker table.

Measure the diameter of the table with the tape measure. Make a note of the measurement on a piece of paper.

Divide the diameter by two to calculate the radius of the table.

Measure and cut a string to the radius of the table.

Measure and a long edge of a piece of medium-density fibreboard (MDF) and mark the center with the pencil. Hold one end of the string on the pencil mark, with the pencil on the other end. Draw the outline of a half circle on the MDF. Repeat this step on a second piece of MDF.

Cut along the pencil marks with the jig saw. This will give you two halves of your folding table top.

Place the edges of the two pieces of MDF together and then set the piano hinge over the top where the two sections meet. Secure the piano hinge with screws using the power drill.

Fold the two ends together and then sand the edges smooth with the sandpaper or use an orbital sander.

Open the folded table top and set the pool table felt on top. Cut the felt around the table, but make sure that you leave at least two inches extra along the edge.

Apply spray adhesive to the top of the MDF. Lay the felt back over the table top. Smooth the top of the felt over the top of the MDF. Allow an hour for the adhesive to dry.

Turn the table top over and set it face-down. Fold the felt over the edge of the table top and secure it with the staple gun. Pull the felt taut as you go around the table.

Fold the table top and set it on the table you will use to play poker. Open the table top so that it covers the top of the table.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • String
  • Pencil
  • MDF (medium-density fibreboard)
  • Jig saw
  • Piano hinge
  • Screws
  • Power drill
  • Sandpaper
  • Orbital sander
  • Pool table felt

Tips

  • Attach rubber pipe insulation along the edge of the table top to act as an armrest.
  • Apply a stain protector to the felt to repel spills and other stains.

About the Author

Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.