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Subject: Another custom table and playmat project rss

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Peter Knapp
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Faced with the age old problem of “my table it too small”:



…or “this game is HOW big?”, coupled with “no I will not carry this object to my mates house that is as big as me and weighs half my body weight AND doesn’t fit in my car”, I have been tinkering with ideas to build a playing surface to cover these issues.

The table/gaming board:

I initially thought to have a hinged board that folds in on itself; but would require more time and effort than I had (I found Soss hinges if anyone is thinking about that). So in conversation with a friend, he suggested magnets! So my expanding play table was created:



Made from 18mm MDF cut into 1.5’ lengths (while keeping the 4’ width of the board), it suits the 3’x3’ or 3’x6’ sizes common to Attack/X-Wing and Armada (my target groups). It allows a 6” area for cards/tokens etc, to keep them off the play area itself.



It holds firmly together, you can even shove the whole board without it splitting.

It will overhang a much smaller table, allowing you to even use it over a coffee table.



PVC printed banner/playmat:

Then last week pixartprinting did a 40% sale on 500gsm PVC banners, so I thought I would give the board some “va-va voom”:



The banner is quite grippy for PVC, it curls of course, but I taped the mat down:



The quality is beautiful! I keep staring at it and taking pics at different angles…



The size is slightly off overall, but for what I want, not too much of a problem – and you have the tabletop surface underneath for those that are picky!



I still am toying with an idea of spraying the centre play section of the board black, or putting a half dowel strip to mark of the edge of the board - if anyone has an inspired ideas let me know!

Costs (approx):
MDF sheet £20
Magnets £19
Metal fixing plates £3
Glue £6.50
PVC printed mat 6’x3’ £19

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Typheron Joyzxqk
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Very, very nice.

I did the hinged route for a 4x4 table, works OK but those magnets sound like a much better plan as its a pain to fold up and carry since it needed a frame for the hinges.
 
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Typheron wrote:
Very, very nice.

I did the hinged route for a 4x4 table, works OK but those magnets sound like a much better plan as its a pain to fold up and carry since it needed a frame for the hinges.


The considerations for my brief definitely included transport and storage (storage is maybe more of my wife's consideration!). Often I've had friends bring round their 3'x3' boards and while being nice, they are ungainly and a pain to get in the car! This way, the four sections will go under my desk/across back seats and I only need to bring as many as I need.

The board I cut down from actually gave me enough for 5 lengths and an offcut, but anything more than 6' is way more than I needed - and with 6 magnets per edge, I didn't have enough for another join!
 
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