Final Table

This site has step by step instructions on how to build a racetrack poker table with whisper vinyl padded rails.

View of Rail, Race Track and Cupholders


Step one in any project should always include careful planning (planning may be substituted by alcohol with mixed results). My plan was to build a high quality, free standing table with a wooden raceway, cup holders, raised whisper vinyl covered padded rail.

I prefer the raised center for a few reasons.

  1. It makes it easy to see what people are betting without painting on a bet-line.
  2. It helps contain spills.
  3. It looks badass.

Materials List
I used Whisper Vinyl wrapped on a custom removable rail. Pick it up here:
Whisper vinyl from your auto trim (also available at JoAnns or some other fabric store, if you have one nearby.)

Playing surface from amazon:
Brybelly Polyester Suited Speed Cloth, 10-Feet, Black


The 3/8″ foam I used behind my playing surface was too thick for my taste. If I did it over I would use 1/4″ closed cell foam or better yet, neoprene. This is one at amazon is exactly what you need:

Last thing, When I build my padded rail, I’m not going to attach it to the table. I saw some at a poker store in the mall and they were not attached either. That should make it easier to clean.

Other materials:
2 Sheets Hardwood Plywood (birch 4 foot x 8 foot x 3/4″) 2 at $37.00 each.
2 Sheets Regular Plywood for the rails (4’x8′ x 1/2″) 2 2 at $28.00 each
Wood Glue: 1 for $3.50.
3M(TM) Super 77 Multipurpose Adhesive Spray, 10.7 Ounces (7716): 1 for $4.00.
Staples: 1 box for $3.87.
Polyurethane: 1 quart for $5.00.
2″ Foam Brush: 5 at $0.60 each.
29″BLK FOLDING TABLE LEG (Ebco Tools APF-B): 1 for $18.95.
Amarine-made Stainless Steel Cup Drink Holder with Drain Marine Boat Rv Camper 9 $6.50 $58.50

Start with the rail, cut out the outside arc

Marking radius cuts

Draw your first arc on what will be the top of your rail. You should only have to trace this once for the outside. If your jigsaw can handle it, cut both boards at once.

This first arc will be the overall size of your table. If you plan on down-sizing your table, do so here. You’ll be using this outside arc for the measurements for the rest of the table.

To draw the arc, I made a makeshift compass. Basically, find the center of the board near one end. Nail or screw it in (don’t worry, we’re cutting the middle out and discarding it anyway). Use a pencil to draw the arc.

How to build your own Poker Table