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Sean Kahlich
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I bought this 5'x 3' oak dining table for $20.



I was initially drawn to the unique legs and the coloration of the wood. What I noticed next is what sold me.
The table had two pull-out leaves - attached to each end - that I immediately thought "hidden dice roll trays."



So I routed out the leaves



But as I got into cutting through the wood, I noticed an odor. Turns out the wood coloration I admired was really a mix of wood stain and nicotine tar. And the legs had apparently been "claimed" by a pack of dogs. So I set out sanding the entire table with an orbital sander, top to bottom.



And then I went over them again with 80 grit paper by hand (see the far right)



That's when I got inspired by this post to re-think my plan:
https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1116438/diy-frankentable-cu...

So, instead of staining the table, I spray-painted the whole thing black. After that, I bought some poplar boards at Lowe's to make a good vault.





I attached the vault walls with some wood glue to hold it steady and flush. Then I went back and screwed it through the bottom of the table. Those walls aren't moving now. I finished it off with some matching spray paint (leaving the surface because of what's next).



I bought some polystyrene from Lowe's (a 4'x 8' sheet) and cut it to size for my play surface.



Once that was to size, I covered it with velveteen.



Play surface is done!



Now, about those dice roll trays I routed earlier. Originally, I used thin cork but didn't like the seams in it. So, I found an old campaign sign (made of coroplast) and borrowed it for my trays.



A little spray adhesive is all you'll need to add matching velveteen to these.




Then I fit them into the routed cavity in the leaves (so when they need cleaning or repair it's easy to remove).



And here she is, all dressed up and ready to go (before/after).



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Michael Oliver
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That came out really nice! I love the black/red contrast.
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Naomi Ooooooooo

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I'm loving those pull out trays. Great re-build.
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Sean Kahlich
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Thanks! Learned a lot on the fly about routers, but so worth it in the end.
 
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Sean Kahlich
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Thanks! I have Burgundy also, but red made it pop.
 
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Woody Taylor
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1) Great salvage!

2) Awesome Game Table!

3) My Frankentable inspired you? More Awesome!!!

uncle_sean wrote:


That's when I got inspired by this post to re-think my plan:
https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1116438/diy-frankentable-cu...



I had the whole family gathered around the game table last night... giggling and laughing and making inside jokes. Phenomenal! It's still one of my all-time favorite projects.

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And now that I think about it, your table may be a better candidate for the "Frankentable" moniker since you literally brought it back to life.
 
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Sean Kahlich
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That's your name, but I appreciate the nod.
 
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