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Project by Stazz posted 01-04-2015 04:11 PM 1374 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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#1 posted 01-04-2015 05:37 PM

Cool table. Looks nice. Any excuse to buy new tools is good too :)

-- Marty, Ohio

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#2 posted 01-04-2015 09:01 PM

Geek Chic sure do make some amazing tables. Your version looks everybit as good as theirs. and I agree with the natural cherry colour.
I favorized your project, because I know, I will eventually have to build my own. Just gotta find a way to convince the girlfriend, that any good table needs this feature.

Questions:
1) You made your coffee table, into your gaming table? Arent you sitting too crouched over for playing games? I get it for sitting on the floor with the kiddo´s, but still… wouldnt a dinner table be a better heigth?

2) With a 1 and 3 year old.. arent you worried about a spilled glass of milk running through the crack and down to the felt (and game)? I´ve been contemplating some way of making the tabletop milk-safe yet still allowing woodmovement.

3) It looks like you glued the 5 top boards together, unlike Geek Chic´s connectable boards. Am I right?.. I think I would prefer them all glued too… again… less nasty milk in the game underneath!

Great build man.
Sheisserick

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#3 posted 01-04-2015 09:06 PM

Very cool table, stazz. Nice accents!

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#4 posted 01-04-2015 10:49 PM



Questions:
1) You made your coffee table, into your gaming table? Arent you sitting too crouched over for playing games? I get it for sitting on the floor with the kiddo´s, but still… wouldnt a dinner table be a better heigth?

2) With a 1 and 3 year old.. arent you worried about a spilled glass of milk running through the crack and down to the felt (and game)? I´ve been contemplating some way of making the tabletop milk-safe yet still allowing woodmovement.

3) It looks like you glued the 5 top boards together, unlike Geek Chic´s connectable boards. Am I right?.. I think I would prefer them all glued too… again… less nasty milk in the game underneath!

Great build man.
Sheisserick

- Sheisserick

I have found that most of my groups gathered in the living room around a coffee table more than a proper dining table. But I felt that this was a good way to practice and pitch the idea of a new dining table to the wife. She’s all for it. Currently we have a bar height table from our child free days, so that led to the decision as well.

Geekchic puts an acrylic sheet over their felt that is removable. I may do the same if it becomes an issue, just have towels handy with drinks. The sides of the game vault and the felt bottom are all removable without tools, so it wouldn’t take too long to replace the felt if needed.

Correct on the top panel being glued. I was thinking of making individual leaves and as I was moving them in my garage, realized that they weren’t heavy when carried together. So I went with simplicity and extra spill protection and glued them together.

I’m glad you like this project, it was a fun build.

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#5 posted 04-14-2015 12:24 AM

I am a huge Geek Chic fan – except for their prices. I am looking to do the exact same setup that you did, and I had a few questions.

How is the inside game vault section attached to the legs/sides of the table? Since it appears that the sides of the table are inset in the legs, how did you get the vault perfectly square inside?

How did you fasten the upper table lip? Is it secured to the sides of the table somehow?

Finally, what thickness did you use in your stock? 3/4”? Looks like it would have to be pretty thick to be able to cut a deep enough relief in the accessory rail!

Awesome job and would love to hear how you put it together! If you have any rough sketches of how it was assembled, that would be amazing.

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Sheisserick

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#6 posted 04-14-2015 08:06 AM

You should also have a look at this video from Tom Vasal… He gives a tour of how the geek chic table is assembled.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-XhvYiAUYo

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