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Logan Fernandes
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Hi everyone, this is my first post here and I wanted to get some suggestions.

I'll start by saying that I am not really someone who builds things (other than PCs) but I've found some plans and things for a gaming table that seem easy enough for me to try and build (famous last words!). The problem I'm running into is finding the right material for the different surfaces I want to have.

It's going to have a few parts, like the GeekChic tables, including a grid, maybe a plexiglass surface over the grid, and then a plushy-type surface over that for card/dice games.

I've got a few ideas and I wanted some feedback. I'm thinking about doing a flat, wooden base at the very bottom (that no one will really ever see) and then on top of that putting a double-sided mondomat from Chessex

http://www.amazon.com/Chessex-MondoMat-1-inch-Squares-CHX982...

and cutting it down to size, that way I can flip it between a square and hex grid when necessary.

Then getting maybe a sheet of plexiglass or two to put over it. I'm thinking two because it seems like it would be less fragile in two pieces split in half. That way I never have to worry about staining the mat, it will keep it flat, and I can still lift it up to reverse the mat.

Lastly, and what I'm having the most trouble with, is what surface I want to put on top of the plexiglass. In reading these forums, I came across the Board & Bits Premium Table Surface here:

http://www.boardsandbits.com/advanced_search_result.php?sear...=

and I fell in love with the idea of the mousepad-material surface but the unfortunately they apparently no longer sell that and I can't find a good stand in material now.

My question is this, what are some good ideas for each of these 3 that I haven't thought of - mat, plexiglass, and top surface.

Thanks in advance!
 
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Shelby Buttimer
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What about just some high quality felt?
 
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fyi... dont order from Boards And Bits, they are not in business
 
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Logan Fernandes
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ShelbyB wrote:
What about just some high quality felt?


I originally considered it, but I've read everywhere that felt pills up and eventually looks like crap.
 
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Brenden Johnson
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lfernandes wrote:
ShelbyB wrote:
What about just some high quality felt?


I originally considered it, but I've read everywhere that felt pills up and eventually looks like crap.
Mine did and does. (and messy eaters dropping crumbs in that don't come out easily doesn't help either)
I'm trying to figure out a nicer surface as well.
 
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Bob Mosdal
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Here's a site that sells sheets of the "mouse pad" material like B&B used to sell:

http://store.hookloopoutlet.com/n30mnis.html

I've bought this from them and like it very much.
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Logan Fernandes
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Bob Mosdal wrote:
Here's a site that sells sheets of the "mouse pad" material like B&B used to sell:

http://store.hookloopoutlet.com/n30mnis.html

I've bought this from them and like it very much.


This is awesome! One thing I've been thinking about a lot and wondered if you could answer for me:

With this kind of material, do you ever have instances of things not laying flat? I feel that since it's thick and heavy that it should pretty much always lay flat but I worry about if dice ever end up kind of leaning or on their side or anything, any input on that?

Also, I've been thinking that if I DID find material like this, I may want to have two separate panels of it so I can take one side off and have half the table as a rolling surface and the other half a white board, do you think this stuff would work well in two halves - would it sit cleanly and would the "seam" between the two parts be very noticeable?

Thanks in advance!
 
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Chris Schumann
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For a fabric top, if that's what you want, worsted wool is what is used on good billiard tables. It wears like iron and doesn't pill. The really expensive stuff is $100/yd, but you can get decent stuff nearly anywhere.
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When I built my game table, I went with velveteen for the top layer over a thin layer of headliner foam (it gives the surface a bit of 'bounce' and facilitates picking up cards and bits). Unlike felt, the velveteen doesn't pill at all (at least mine hasn't in nearly 10 years).

For a more sturdy covering that's also a bit more expensive check out speed cloth (from a site like yourautotrim.com). It's the stuff that covers professional casino tables. You can get it without any pattern if that's what you're looking for.
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It really is like the mother-of-all-mouse pads so it's pretty heavy and stuff lies flat on it. No problems there.

Two pieces side by side are going to have a definite seam. You could use binder clips or something to hold it together and you'd probably be fine for most purposes though. Depends on how rough you plan on getting with it I guess. One side ends in kind of a fabric lip and you could overlap that on to the second panel. I haven't looked at it that closely but I'll try and do that later this evening and report back. If you really want to go the distance you can buy seam sealing tape that matches the mat from the same company. That would put you even further in to overkill territory though....

-Bob
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Have a look at material called Speed cloth. The benefits are many:

...Used for commercial poker tables.
...High thread count.
...Does not pick or pill.
...Can have it custom screen printed.
...It is spill resistant.

Put some thin foam under the cloth as you are making your table and you have a very rewarding tactile experience playing games.

http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/24/home-poker/speed-cloth-...
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If you check a fabric store (Jo-Ann comes to mind) they have thick vinyl tablecloth in various colors, it's the same material as Chessex uses for their game mats but a bit thicker.
 
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As someone who bought the "mouse pad" from B and B a few years ago...great God Almighty, that surface is the pure admiration and wonder of all who have played upon it. For dice-throwers, it's "dead" enough to prevent the bouncing-off-the-table problem, but live enough to give decent random rolls. It lies flatter than a mile of Atahuasca desert. Colors other than black can stain, but these can be washed out the same way you'd wash a regular mouse pad, with gentle soap (and a hose, if it's too big for the sink...it dries beautifully). Mine is pool-table baize green, and I like it quite a bit. Black might have been too much, I still think, but if I did it again I might go with deep royal blue. YMMV.

Seriously it's one of the best gaming purchases I ever made.
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Bob Mosdal wrote:
Here's a site that sells sheets of the "mouse pad" material like B&B used to sell:

http://store.hookloopoutlet.com/n30mnis.html

I've bought this from them and like it very much.


is it exactly the same as boardandbits used to sell?
I have one from board and bits, and looking to add another
 
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I just started another thread on this, but I was wondering if anyone has ever used the vinyl that is used to upholster automotive seats. I would expect it to be durable and easy to take care of. It's also cheaper than many of the other options. Here's an example of what I'm talking about:

http://www.grahamfabrics.com/promo-sierra-grain-black/



 
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viol8r,

Yes, I bought one from B&B too and this is the same stuff.
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