I am a novice DIYer I stumbled upon this site looking at videos on YouTube on how to build a poker table I think the table came out well but I definitely learned some stuff First I used 3 4 plywood birch for the rail MDF for the base The table is very heavy I wish my local store had 5 8 and I wonder if I should use 1 2 next time I build one I would probably still use birch but the MDF was very heavy and so much more difficult to staple to Second I didn t take enough time to pull the playing surface speed cloth tight It has slight wrinkles but not too bad I didn t want to restaple since I wasn t sure if I d have enough material to pull tight since I had already trimmed the excess Third and most disappointing I used the jumbo cup holders but when I cut the holes for them I drilled them in the middle of the rail I forgot about the width of the rail therefore the rail covered up the cup holder holes I had to cut the rail down 1 to make it work so I only have a 3 1 2 rail Also the jumbo cups require a 3 3 8 hole but not reading the description closely enough I bought a 3 1 4 hole saw Wrongo I ended up having to cut holes and then widen them with my Rotozip saw Overall I think it turned out well The materials sold here were really good quality I upgraded to the 70lb rail foam and whisper vinyl The vinyl is very nice The instructions and videos were very helpful