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Subject: My cat-proof board gaming table rss

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Gregg L

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I have recently got into the hobby and have been enjoying some long form solitaire games like D-Day at Tarawa and my fold out table was not cutting it as my cat liked to jump on it.

I tried to cover it with cardboard but he still would jump (and lay on) the cardboard, knocking things around. I looked for a cheap table to convert but was striking out (I wanted a minimum of 3x5" rectangle) or they were too expensive to justify so being a bad carpenter I decided to buy a few sheets of MDF and make one.

I'm happy with the results, it's not pretty but it's very functional. The light turns on and off with a hidden switch under the right side (you can get at it sitting down).

I used 0.5" MDF - 3/4" would be more standard for a table but I doubled up with a smaller sheet across the middle so it wouldn't be bouncy. I looked at using Poplar but that would have been 2x as much cost ($40 a sheet here) and I planned on painting it.

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Pretty cool

Now I wonder if you could have a support on the lid to hang things while playing (magnetic, cork?)

Not yet sure about what precisely (wargame maps?), but so much space begs for an usage.
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The magnets are a good idea. I have a stack of those little rare earth magnets somewhere around also.

I was considering buying some chalkboard paint for the back for notes but it's quite a reach.

Tarawa has several charts that need to be referenced - the magnets would be great because I could hang them without tape or tacks (gotta keep them in good condition!).

Haven't decided if I want to felt the bottom. I'm going to try it as is and see how that goes.

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I was expecting a picture of a gun.
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kjamma4 wrote:
I was expecting a picture of a gun.


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I think the table looks good. Under the lid, what is the small piece of wood for?
 
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in the cat's defense, she was probably just practicing so that you could play together. Trust me, it's embarrassing the first time the cat wins.
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kjamma4 wrote:
I was expecting a picture of a gun.


I'm pretty sure THAT would be for the "offensive gamers-proof table."
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AlexFS wrote:
Pretty cool

Now I wonder if you could have a support on the lid to hang things while playing (magnetic, cork?)

Not yet sure about what precisely (wargame maps?), but so much space begs for an usage.


Maybe a whiteboard?
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Kevin Youells wrote:
in the cat's defense, she was probably just practicing so that you could play together. Trust me, it's embarrassing the first time the cat wins.


I 100% agree. shake
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Keep in mind that this still won't keep a cat from jumping up while you are playing!
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recon28501 wrote:
I think the table looks good. Under the lid, what is the small piece of wood for?


"I used 0.5" MDF - 3/4" would be more standard for a table but I doubled up with a smaller sheet across the middle so it wouldn't be bouncy."
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For the extra space - regarding some of the solitaire games I play, a drop down shelf would help with holding cards, minis, rule book, etc to make more room for the play area. I am always dragging an empty chair over and putting the game box and extra bits on it while I monopolize the table top. An extra piece of wood and a hinge and hasp and viola!

Just a thought.
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That's a great idea - I also do the chair thing (for my drink and extra bits). I have some spare mdf - maybe I'll look into that this weekend.

Table in Action



Sorry Kitty! No play for you!

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lordpolish wrote:
Sorry Kitty! No play for you!


It's only matter of time until cat realizes how to play with your precious game. Cats are like little children...
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Use magnets only if absolutely required
lordpolish wrote:
The magnets are a good idea. I have a stack of those little rare earth magnets somewhere around also.

Keep in mind that these powerful magnets may be the "pollution" of the future: soon it will be hard to find unmagnetized steel and it takes power to demagnetize.

I make in my workshop tiny steel parts that can be ruined by magnetism and it is hard to keep magnets and magnetism out. More and more tools incorporate the pesky and unwanted things.
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