Has anyone had success converting a table?
I desperately would like a gaming table but like the 99% of us, cost is always a barrier and well as my woodworking skills. Every time I walk through Goodwill or spot a cheap yard sale dining room table my mind is trying to figure out how to convert one into a gaming table. My woodworking fear is that my creation wont be stable enough. But I feel like if I can find a good sturdy table, add a rail around the edge and later maybe some drink holders then I would have a sturdy, inset table. Please tell me why I'm a genius or an idiot.
In regards to your exact question, if you find a stable table and pop the top off and mount a sheet of plywood underneath as the play surface, you will be 99% of the way there. Have caution in that attaching a sheet of plywood to the bottom - while it will work - will be a weak component of the table. If enough weight is applied to the play surface, it could pop the plywood off. The trick is to attach it such that it won't come off, or make sure no one leans on it or tries to stand on it to see how strong it is.
The top can be attached together with some small rails around the edge to hold it in place over top the "new" vault you created. You will also most likely have to deal with each corner as there most likely be exposed bolts that hold the legs on.
There are a few threads that have gone through this exact procedure so you can see what they did to finish off their tables.