|Forum topic by Chris Moran||posted 11-08-2009 07:54 AM||3224 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
11-08-2009 07:54 AM
The first major project I really want to attack is to make a gaming table (as in RPG). The main features are that it’ll be hexagonal, have open pockets for holding books and other needed accessories (about 12×12x3), “cup holders/dice containers” and a “glass” (not sure if it’ll be glass or the more likely choice of acrylic or polycarbonate) inset top (etched with a gaming grid on the bottom, possibly lit form the sides of the glass).
I’m still working on designs on paper (I like drafting) and trying to figure out the details and how it will be constructed.
I would like the table to be on the heavier side, but it does need to be able to withstand people leaning on it, rolling dice, moving/dropping metal miniatures and standing up often rubbing up against it.
As for look, I want it to look more on the darker side. I know stain has a lot to do with that, but how important is the wood selection for that aspect?
My skill level is NOWHERE near my ambition. :) So, I worry about either working with tougher wood or spending money on a failed experiment.
So (yes, there was a point) I’d like some advice on what I how I should go about selecting the wood (or woods) I would use for this project. Many projects I see here seem to use all of the good stuff, but in table construction why mixes of nice and vanilla wood stock can be used and how (such as supports that aren’t seen or can be covered by veneer if viable)? After some research, I was quite blown away by how much stuff like maple costs. WAY out of my price range until I have some chops to back up the vision with.