|Project by CraftyRob||posted 05-27-2015 08:47 PM||1699 views||17 times favorited||15 comments|
I’ve finally finished the gaming table I’ve been working on for about the last year. It’s heavily inspired by the beautiful pieces GeekChic makes, but I didn’t follow any plans. This is by far the most ambitious project I’ve worked on yet, and I’m quite happy with the results.
The table has a total of 8 drawers. One at each player position with a handle, with a small drink holder drawer between them, and a deep drawer at each end. The drink drawers and end drawers use push-to-open slides. The leaves in the top can be removed to expose a hidden playing area. The idea is that if your game gets interrupted by something like dinner, you can stow it by putting the leaves over the top, and return to it later. There is an extra support bar across the middle to keep the leaves from sagging. To remove the first leaf, there is an aluminum pin along one side which can be pushed up from the bottom. The inside rail has a dado that will be used for future accessories (like dice trays and such). I’m also planning on making an insert with card felt (speedcloth) that will replace the leaves for card games.
The base is hard maple, painted with black oil enamel. The top is cherry, which was aged with a lye solution, followed by a coat of shellac, and three coats of Arm-R-Seal. This was then waxed with a paste wax and buffed.
The legs are removable for transportation. Most of the base was constructed using dovetails (the first time I’ve tried them).