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Game Table Rebuild

Saturday, October 17th, 2015

The most underrated and overlooked part of gaming sometimes is the place you play and the surface you play on.   This table goes back through a very large portion of my life and the gaming history for my gaming friends and I.  This table was in need of an upgrade. At some point in its life, we (my brother and I) decided that it needed trays along the sides to help aid our gaming, but like most things we build, we over built it. This table was so large we referred to it as a backup tornado shelter.

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But all things must be reborn into something new. I’ve been planning on rebuilding this table for over a year, and the pictures below will make you go “did you even do anything different?” and the answer is yes. Hopefully some of my thoughts here help you in your gaming table journey if you’re lucky enough, like me, to have a space to have a permanent table.

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One of the main features of this table is storage.  The old table was just a hair too short (about 4 inches overall) and I wanted to make the new table tall enough to store large bins on the shelf and on the floor. Our table stands right around 36 Inches tall.

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The old table was built with 2×4 lumber and plywood.  The new table was built with 1×2 and 1×4 lumber, making it much lighter than it’s predecessor.

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And we couldn’t leave out our trays, but we made this table ~14 inches narrower by putting the drawers on sliders.

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Throughout the whole build of this table, we were doing a couple of things not really pictured here.  One of those things way making an attempt to reuse any of the lumber we could cause frankly, it saved a bunch of money during this process.

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Now, I didn’t do this by myself, I had the help from my brother Brian and friend Richy.  This table wouldn’t have happened without them for sure.  All of this effort so I could start upgrading the tabletop to Secretweapon Miniatures Tablescapes…more posts on that coming soon.

The Static Grass Board

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Albeit an awkward name, it effectively identifies it for our gaming group.  This board started out with the intention of being a scorched earth/alien planet but lets just say that didn’t work out and we moved onto phase two.  See, we had already flocked the board weren’t about to go out and purchase another sheet of polystyrene (pink insulation foam).  So, knowing that the glue we used to hold the flock down was water soluble we decided to remove the flock by hand….

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A messy process...

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This is what happens when you remove flock by hand...

The reason I’m posting this is to simply suggest that you don’t try it, either start over with a new board or just don’t do it….it’s probably not worth the effort.  That being said, here’s what it turned into after repainting the black base coat and flocking with static grass.

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The whole board was completely covered in glue and then the static grass was applied en mas.  When we applied this, we only let the grass sit on top of it for a minute or two and then knocked the majority of it off and then reapplied it again.  This time we let it sit for a few minutes and knocked as much of it off as possible.

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Now we took a few handfuls of brown flock and grey flock and scattered them across the still wet board to give it a bit of color change.