How to Build a Domino Table

Written by delialah falcon | 13/05/2017
How to Build a Domino Table
Domino players appreciate a table designed for the game. (dominoes image by Steve Johnson from

Finding a domino table can be a difficult task, and even if you do locate a business that sells them, they can be quite expensive. If you are a domino player and would like to have your own table without breaking the bank, you can construct your own domino table at home.

Use the dado blade on the table saw to cut the dado groove into the top panel. Measure the width of the plywood panel and add 1/32 inch. Cut the dado groove so it is as thick as that measurement.

Apply contact cement evenly to top side of the plywood with the paintbrush. Set aside to dry. Apply cement to the back side of the laminated plastic. Set aside to dry.

Place the plywood on a flat work surface with the cement side facing up. Align the plastic evenly over the plywood with the cement side facing down. Lower the plastic steadily onto the plywood, being careful to keep the pieces lined up evenly.

Place your hands on top of the plastic and apply pressure as you glide your hands across the plastic. Make sure the entire piece of plastic is attached to the plywood.

Place the scrap lumber on top of the plastic and slide it along the surface. Gently but firmly tap the scrap wood with a hammer while sliding the wood, to force any air bubbles out and seal the space between the two pieces.

Align the four side pieces of wood together on top of the panel. Make sure that the pieces fit together in perfect 45-degree angles. Use the table saw to make any necessary adjustments.

Separate all of the pieces. Wet the wood with a hose or wet cloth and allow to sit overnight.

Use sandpaper to sand down the inside of the side pieces. Follow the directions on the can of stain to stain the wood to the desired finish. Allow the stain to dry completely. Use sandpaper to sand down the inside of the side pieces once more. Apply a sealing coat to all pieces.

Place the side pieces of wood on top of the laminated plastic surface. Measure to be sure the sides fit perfectly on top of the table surface. Make sure the dado grooves are even on the corners and that the top panel fits properly into the dadoes. Make any necessary adjustments.

Glue the side pieces and the playing surface into place. Hold in place until glue sets, about 10 minutes. Reinforce the bond by placing two screws in each corner section.

Reapply stain to the outer sides of the table if necessary to even out the overall finish. Allow to dry.

Turn the table upside down. Using the drill, screw both 2-by-4s to the underside of the table, on opposite sides. Turn table on its side. Screw one of the 4-by-4 pieces of wood into the underneath corner of the table, making sure each piece rests on the corner of a 2-by-4. Repeat with the other three 4-by-4 pieces.

Turn the table over and stand it upright. Check to make sure the legs are even and that the table does not wobble. Make any necessary adjustments.

Things you need

  • Plywood, 1/4-inch, 24 by 24 inches
  • Laminated plastic, 24 by 24 inches
  • Wood, 1 by 3 by 24 inches, 4 pieces
  • Table saw
  • Dado blade
  • Paintbrush
  • Contact cement
  • Scrap lumber
  • Hammer
  • Table saw
  • Hose or wet cloth
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Wood sealer
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • 4-by-4, 4 pieces
  • 2-by-4, two pieces

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