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Project by CraftyRob posted 05-27-2015 08:47 PM 1650 views 16 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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).





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#1 posted 05-27-2015 08:55 PM

Very nicely done.

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#2 posted 05-27-2015 11:55 PM

Well done – thx for sharing you do great work

-- They said I could be anything... So I became Sarcastic! They also said making drawers is easy... I think they lied :(

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#3 posted 05-28-2015 02:11 AM

Nice work.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#4 posted 05-28-2015 03:08 AM

Great project…. Nice design and well built.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 05-28-2015 11:32 AM

I love this table! I’ve been kinda contemplating replacing a table in my breakfast nook with something more useful and something like this would be great! A gaming table would see much use but is a bit informal for the space. I’d never have thought of putting the leaves over the gaming space. Brilliant design! Oh wait… if I make a gaming table, the wife will want me to spend less time in the shop and play games… never mind ;)

Couple of questions if you don’t mind: Is the table top (the gaming surface) a cherry panel or plywood? Where does the support for the leaves go – is it attached to one of the leaves or a separate piece? And finally, just out of curiosity, did you make the chairs too or did you make the table to match them?

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#6 posted 05-28-2015 12:31 PM

Very cool!!!

-- "Cause I know that time has numbered my days" -Mumford

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#7 posted 05-28-2015 12:39 PM



I love this table! I ve been kinda contemplating replacing a table in my breakfast nook with something more useful and something like this would be great! A gaming table would see much use but is a bit informal for the space. I d never have thought of putting the leaves over the gaming space. Brilliant design! Oh wait… if I make a gaming table, the wife will want me to spend less time in the shop and play games… never mind ;)

Couple of questions if you don t mind: Is the table top (the gaming surface) a cherry panel or plywood? Where does the support for the leaves go – is it attached to one of the leaves or a separate piece? And finally, just out of curiosity, did you make the chairs too or did you make the table to match them?

- HokieKen

The gaming surface, and drawer bottoms, are cherry plywood.
The support bar is a separate piece. Because the inner rails angle inwards, it is designed to rest against that, and has a lip that catches the accessory dado. It doesn’t actually touch the gaming surface, in case I’m using a mat that fills the area. The leaves are thick enough (about 7/8”) that they don’t actually sag that much on their own, and can be set in without the support if necessary.
The chairs were a custom order, but we did purchase them. My wife didn’t want to wait an extra year for me to make those as well!

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#8 posted 05-28-2015 01:42 PM

I like it!

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#9 posted 05-28-2015 04:29 PM

Thanks for clarifying. Kudo’s again and congrats on the Top 3!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#10 posted 05-28-2015 06:53 PM

This turned out so nicely. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 07-15-2016 05:04 PM

Did you have plans for this online?

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#12 posted 07-18-2016 01:04 PM

I do have a sketchup file on my computer at home. I’ll try to remember to post that tonight.

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#13 posted 07-18-2016 02:31 PM

nice table and GRATZ on top 3

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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CraftyRob

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#14 posted 07-19-2016 02:12 AM

Here’s the sketchup file. It’s not 100% accurate to what I built. But the main dimensions and structure are all there.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/nd1m711xg1xurkz/table.skp?dl=0

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Robjames

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#15 posted 07-19-2016 09:39 AM

That’s great thanks!

I can pull it apart with the cultist extension. I’m going to tinker and see about adding a pivot slide hinge to the top instead of the slats

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