ItsyBitsyMinis Build a Table!
Currently we are only gaming on a dining room table, which causes a few issues, first – limited space and second – problems with scheduling around meals, etc. With a large family, taking up the main eating area for a day or two is not easy.
With those, and other factors, I decided I was going to build a nice gaming table out in the garage. Where I live, we never have an issue with heat, even in the hottest summer days, the garage never gets over 70°F, which is perfect. In the colder months, which sometimes get down to -40°F, bringing in a space heater or two is no problem either.
This table is being built mostly for 15mm gaming (Flames of War for example), but it would work fine with larger scale minis such as Warhammer 40k, Warzone, Bolt Action, etc.
I didn’t want to spend too much money on the table, I think this project cost me less than $50USD in total. I got an old, study dining room table from a yard sale for next to nothing, I am using that as a base, although this table can easily be moved on/off and around as needed. I also already had a power drill, screws and hammer – so those items are not factored into the cost.
• Screwdriver or Power drill.
• Hammer (Optional).
• 3.5″ Screws.
• 2″ Screws.
• Finishing Nails (Optional).
• 1 sheet of 4’x8′ plywood (1/4″ or 3/8″ thick).
• 2 2″x4″ cut to 8′ long.
• 5 2″x4″ cut to 45″ long.
• 2 1″x6″ cut to 8′ long (Optional).
• 2 1″x6″ cut to 49.5″ long (Optional).
For the sheet of plywood, I asked for the thinnest, cheapest piece of 4′ x 8′ they had. I ended up with a decent 3/8″ thickness piece that worked perfectly.
Using 3.5″ screws, I made a box out of some of the 2×4’s, the outer measurements of the box is 8′ x 4′ and matches up to the plywood.
Next I used the remaining 2×4’s and made cross beams at the 2′, 4′ and 6′ marks. This will give the thin plywood stability and prevent sagging in the future.
The ‘frame’ should now line up the the plywood sheet…
Now we screw the plywood down to the frame, be sure the “good” side of the plywood is on the top, usually there is one side smoother and cleaner than the other.
I used 2″ screws here, and secured the outer frame to the plywood.
You can also see the table I got for the base, it is roughly 3′ x 6.5′ or so, and VERY sturdy, perfect for the base of this gaming table.
With the edges screwed in securely I used a chalk line to mark the 2′, 4′ and 6′ marks where the cross beams were and I screwed down into those as well. This step is optional and not necessary.
At this point the gaming table could be considered completed as we now have a secure table top that can be moved around as needed. I wanted to have a nice smooth lip around the edges, so I purchased some nice finished 1×6 pine. I screwed these in around the edges, making a nice frame that sits approx 1″ higher than the actual surface of the table.
One of my four boys helped me (the youngest), he is eager to use the table when completed.
I didn’t have screws small enough for the four corners, so I used some small finishing nails, just to tack the edges in place and prevent any warping in the future.
Finally the table is complete! I had an old piece of 8’x4’x1″ insulation foam that was never used, the edges were a bit beat up, but I put this down inside of the frame as a cushion to roll my gaming mats out on top of. This is another completely optional step.
At some point I think I will buy a new piece of foam with clean edges to replace this one.
Here are some images of the table with my DEEP CUT STUDIOS game mats rolled out onto them. These mats are 4’x6′ and look great. I have one problem with them however. The tubes they were shipped in were so small that there are crinkles and ripples in the mats that just won’t come out. It isn’t very noticeable in these photos, but it is there… It is a shame because the mats themselves are quite nice.
I just ordered 5 new mats, from another company, in a 4’x8′ size, once I get those, I think I’ll likely trash these DEEP CUT mats. The small tube size causing those ripples REALLY bugs me when playing on them.!
Many thanks to D Rock Roberts for allowing me to use this for my first hobby post. I saw it and thought I needed to post that!
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