Poker table rails can be easily installed to make a personal poker table look more professional. The rail addition also keeps cards from falling off the table while it is being used.
Step 1 - Find the Wood
Visit a local lumber store to purchase your wood. Speak to a lumber expert about your project or recycle lumber from another project. You will need two pieces large enough to cover the top of your poker table.
Step 2 - Trace the Poker Table Top
Turn your poker table upside down and lay it on top of one of your pieces of wood. Use your pencil to trace the shape of the table top onto the wood. Remove the table from the wood and place it right side up.
Step 3 - Mark the Poker Table Rail Pattern
Use a ruler to measure two inches out from both sides of the traced outline you drew onto the wood board. Your rail pattern will have three lines and be about four inches wide when you are finished drawing the pattern.
Step 4 - Cut the Poker Table Rail Pattern
Use your hand saw to cut along the outside line of the rail pattern. When you have finished with the outside line, continue using the hand saw to cut along the inside of the rail pattern. When both sides have been finished you should have a large wooden ring that is about four inches wide.
Step 5 - Make the Rail Support
To keep the poker table rail in place you will need to use your second piece of wood to build a support for the rail. Take the wooden ring you just finished cutting and lay it on top of the second piece of wood. Use your pencil to trace only the outside shape of the ring. Do not trace the inside shape of the ring.
Take the wooden ring off of the second piece of wood. Use your ruler to measure two inches from the outside circle that you traced. Continue drawing the shape until you have a complete ring inside the circle. The new ring you have drawn should be two inches wide.
Step 6 - Cut the Rail Support
Use your hand saw to cut along the outside shape of the new ring. When you have finished, continue using your hand saw to cut along the inside shape of the new ring.
Step 7 - Attach the Support to the Rail
Use your wood glue to adhere the support ring to the rail. The two wooden rings you have cut should fit together around the outside.
Step 8 - Cover the Rail
Use a fabric, paint or varnish to protect your new rail. If you are using a fabric, trace the rail ring onto the fabric and then cut the fabric about four inches wider to be able to pull it around the edges and glue it down. If you use a paint or varnish, be sure to sand down the wood first. Allow the paint or varnish enough time to dry completely before adhering the new rail to your poker table.
Step 9 - Attach the Rail to the Poker Table
Use your wood glue to adhere your new rail to your poker table. The top ring of the rail should fit flush with the outside ring of the table. The bottom support ring of the rail should fit just under the table top and along the table edge to hold the rail in position.
As an educator and professional freelance writer, Laurie Bloomfield holds a Master's Degree in Language Education. Her publication portfolio contains hundreds of articles on a variety of subjects including home improvement, do it yourself projects and landscaping, as well as finance, parenting and education. She provides high quality articles ranging from traditional to contemporary topics in both print and digital formats.
H.R. Helm is an accomplished DIY craftsman. He has been DIY since childhood and is now a septuagenarian. He is experienced in wood and metal construction, having designed and built several houses and metal buildings. He built every permanent building on his current homestead and did all the plumbing and electrical work.
He has several years experience as a professional cabinet builder, and he is an accomplished auto repairman, having operated an auto repair business for many years. He currently has a home shop where he sharpens and rebuilds saws, repairs lawn mowers, mobility scooters, hydraulic jacks, and anything else that comes along. He also builds custom tools for metal working.
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