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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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Jeff
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pedro_ak wrote:

MDF sheet £20
Magnets £19
Metal fixing plates £3
Glue £6.50
PVC printed mat 6’x3’ £19


Playing a good game with friends... priceless.
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Pete Hooper
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Very interested in how you did the magnets. Can you give some more details on that?
 
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Peter Knapp
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nightglider1 wrote:
Very interested in how you did the magnets. Can you give some more details on that?


Sure, so I used rare earth magnets which are stronger than standard, these ones specifically:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/first4magnets-F2582-N52-10-Neodymiu...

They claim a 3kg pull per magnet. The fixing plates are what the magnets connect with and both are recessed (routered) slightly into the edge of the board to give as flush a connection as possible. I simply glued them with Gorilla glue/superglue - even the fixing plates, as I didn't want to bother drilling pilot holes/screwing them in by that point! I did however put some fixer/wood primer on the edges before I glued.



In fact, with 6 magnets per edge (see earlier pictures), you can pick the board up and another section will still hold!
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