|Project by Stazz||posted 01-04-2015 04:11 PM||1444 views||5 times favorited||6 comments|
This is the third piece of furniture I have made. It’s a coffee table that doubles as a “gaming” table, inspired by geekchichq.com. My goal was to match the features of one of their lower end products as I build up my skills. Being a geek, I knew I wanted one of their tables but knew I could make the same table at a much cheaper price (plus I had an excuse to purchase new tools!) The table was designed with table top role playing or war games in mind, but it really works for any other board, card, or dice games as well.
The frame and top are made of American Cherry, with the interior “game vault” being Maple and Walnut. The Vault base is 1/2 inch MDF scrap I had laying around. The play surface is 1/4 inch poker table sponge and green poker felt. This leads to a nice quiet surface to roll dice on, and cards slide nicely. The vault is recessed 3 inches so games could be left in play with the top on until continued at a later time. The play area measures 44-1/2 inches by 23-1/2. Not in any of the pictures shown, but to remove the top I attached a leather strap to the underside of the top that sits in a space between the removable and non removable parts of the table.
Along the sides I added an accessory rail. With the top removed, there is no room for drinks. I will be making cup holders that will slide into this slot. In the future I’ll add a half dovetail to the rail and make a locking system to prevent accessories from being knocked loose.
I went with a satin poly finish for its durability because I have a three-year-old and a one-year-old. No stain, I love the natural look of cherry and will just let time do its thing.