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I knew I liked longtime Toolmonger reader tmib_seattle. Other than awesome ironwork and teaching kids how to properly harness fire, apparently he also spends his free time putting together gaming tables. We can think of few more worthy activities.

For those of you who are picturing roulette wheels and blackjack half-rounds, let me point you in the other gaming direction. What tmib has got here is a gaming system that costs far less cash than a gambling addiction Mr. Seattle has a tabletop RPG gaming addiction — and it is the hotness.

Basically it’s a simple table that boasts an inset tray system for the game gear with a 1/8’ urethane mat cover that’s comfortable to play on and doesn’t tear up the cards. You, sir, are made of awesome. Sitting with your crew chatting about gaming and shaping steel — that sounds like a sweet Sunday afternoon to us.

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5 Responses to From the Flickr Pool: Gaming Table

  1. JH says:

    Couldn’t have picked a better game to showcase the table. Arkham Asylym takes acres.

  2. michael pendleton says:

    And he’s got the expansion too!

    The question I always have is: what to do with the table when it’s not game time? Does it break down? Is there a cover? Do you really have enough room to leave up a dedicated game table?
    I have no answers to these questions, which is probably why I don’t have a game table of my own…

  3. tmib_seattle says:

    So that’s the cool part about this design, Michael. The game sits on a table surface that’s dropped about 3″ below the side rails. When not in play, you put the inserts back in. They sit level with the rails, so you have a full table surface, and the (in progress) game sits safely underneath, out of sight.

    The inserts themselves have whiteboard material on the underside, so you can flip them over and write on them. That way if you’re playing a game that doesn’t take the full size of the table, and you have room for an insert, you have a handy place to keep score or note scenario specifics, or perhaps jot a list of game phases, to help folks new to the game.

    I based this off of the tables at GeekChicHQ.com. They build some pretty awesome furniture, but it’s really high-quality handmade work. (as they say “Heirloom Quality”) and it’s priced accordingly- thousands of dollars. My woodworking skills are meager at best, but I didn’t need an heirloom quality table, so I built my own. It has some features their tables don’t, but it’s setup how I think I’ll use it.

    The play surface on the dropped table surface is a mat from Boards & Bits; it’s much like a mouse pad- a rubber back and a fabric top.

    The rails are hickory (since they came in 5 1/2″ widths and I don’t have a table saw to rip wider boards). Inserts are birch plywood. I used trim moulding for the edges of the rails, and 1×3 fir as the structure the rails and inserts sit on.

    Finish is Minwax Polyshades- I did it in black satin, since the rest of the furniture (gaming cabinets, chairs, original table that this was built on) are Ikea black satin. I went over the Polyshades with Minwax fast dry Polyurethane- several coats brushed on, with 220 grit sanding in between, followed by a few coats sprayed on to help hide brush marks.

    Thanks for the feature guys, let me know if you have any questions about the table. It was a fun project, though if I were to do another, I’d clean up the junk in my garage first. It took up more room to do this table than I’d expected.

  4. Wes says:

    Man that’s awesome. I can picture covering my pool table with games of risk and settlers of catan.

  5. tmib_seattle says:

    Wes: a pool table might be a good setup. I’d recommend one of the mats from Boards & Bits like I got- it’d protect the felt and provide a better gaming surface.

    I’d think the main downside to a pool table is that the rails are a bit narrow (and usually aren’t flat) making it harder for games where players want to organize their stuff on the rail. Depending on the pool table, there might also be difficulty finding chairs the right height to sit at it comfortably, assuming there’s enough leg room underneath to begin with.

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