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#19489
Gaming Table 8 Years ago  
After months (heck, years) of dreaming about it, I've finally done it! My gaming table is built.

The made the legs from 30" long 4x4 posts, and the frame from 2x4 pine. The top is a 8x4 section of 3/4 inch MDF. Believe me, there was plenty of colorful language uttered during the construction process! But despite a few setbacks, the project is complete.

The thing is sturdy as all get out, and won't budge a millimeter when bumped. It should be perfect for gaming, with plenty of space to set up my Master Maze.

I do think I will want to add another top layer to it for durability (something like Masonite or plexiglass), but in the meantime it is ready to go.
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#19490
Gaming Table 8 Years ago  
Jealous!!

My table is a 4'x8' sheet of mdf laying ontop of two 2x4's that are laid across two desks...not nearly sturdy enough!
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#19491
Gaming Table 8 Years ago  
You built a gamer-killer Kradlo!

A surface layer will be good to have; safer for gamers that way and more easy to move figures & vehicles on.
I recommend masonite over plexiglass.
Two reasons:
1) masonite is less slippery so there are fewer chances for an oops that will leave a person on the edge of tears and/or a complete meltdown.
2) both scratch up, but the scratches in the masonite will be less unseemly.

Best wishes on your table Kradlo.
Maybe your grandchildren will be playing on it in 75+ years.
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#19492
Gaming Table 8 Years ago  
Looks nice. I've built a fair amount with 3/4" MDF too -- fun stuff to lift isn't it?

I'd recommend white "bathroom board" Masonite for the top -- one, you get a whiteboard like surface for $8 and two, uncovered that MDF will suck up accidental soda spills in a split second. Just get some cheap two sided foam tape -- should be enough to hold it on. You'll still have a 1/2" exposed edge all the way around since MDF usually comes in 49"x97" sheets but that shouldn't be a big deal.

btw, I'd also round all four corners -- gamers aren't the most coordinated lot.
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#19493
Gaming Table 8 Years ago  
I am jealous of the size but even more amazed at the uncluttered room it is in. Have fun with it after you get that protective layer.
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#19494
Gaming Table 8 Years ago  
"Uncluttered?" Well, you're just seeing that one section. It's a 47' long, 13' wide rec room in our walk-in basement (I love this house!). One end has our home entertainment center (no big screen - yet!), and the other end has my wife's office for her work. There are a number of boxes we've still to unpack that I moved out of the way, so the picture does give the appearance of being without clutter.

Thanks for the tips on the masonite, folks. I'll pick some up today, and get it put on. And rounding the corners sounds like a good suggestion as well.

Now I can start putting up some dungeons and caverns of my own, without the trouble of dragging boxes in and out of my car. This is going to be heaven!

I will happily steal some of the ideas that you guys have given me from your setups. Especially you, L!

:D
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#19495
Gaming Table 8 Years ago  
You know, to make it even more cool you could buy some heavy duty extension slides and build a couple of slide out trays under the table to hold your DF product. Have fun.
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#19496
Gaming Table 8 Years ago  
With our storage room a short walk down the hall, my Master Maze collection is close at hand, safe inside the original boxes (THE best storage, in my opinion).

This is going to be sweeeet!
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#19497
Gaming Table 8 Years ago  
Krad;

I dunno if you've seen any of the pics I've posted of my gaming table, but you might want to put some 1" x 4" bracing across the legs, mounted inside (the way you've mounted the upper framing outside them) about 15" from floor. That will both fully stabilize the table, AND give you the opportunity down the road for shelving underneath the table. Great for last-second storage space!

However, I APPLAUD your common sense in making the table 30" high; mine is 42 1/2", and I gotta tell you, it's okay for standing up, but after a while, it would be nice to be able to SIT DOWN - which IS possible at yours!

See ya!

Jim
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#19498
Gaming Table 8 Years ago  
I made some 12" long 2x2 supports that I'll install tomorrow, to diagonally brace the legs. That should give extra stability while still leaving the bottom clear for feet.

My neighbor is going to go with me to Home Depot for the masonite. He's a nice guy, even if he did run over one of my mole traps with his lawnmower (silly doofus!).
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#19499
Gaming Table 8 Years ago  
Another idea: if you don't want to attach the Masonite permanently pick up some of that rubber friction weave stuff (I have no idea what is actually called). I got a roll a few years ago and finally used it all up the other day (to hold my daughter's crib mattress onto the bed platform I made out of MDF)
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#19500
Gaming Table 8 Years ago  
I think Doug is talking about that drawer liner stuff. And yes...it works like glue.
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