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Douglas Walker
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First post to BGG.

I have been planning on building a gaming table for a while and spent time looking at the various options from here (thank you kindly Kalyoot for the amazing Game table design thread Game Table Design Series: Index

Then on a whim I searched Kijiji and found someone pawning off a game table for $250. Before you know it, I have a complete table in my house well before I had thought it all through.



Great features
- made of walnut (I think).
- 6 integrated shelves (2 on each long side and 1 each on short side
- 4 leaves for covering the game vault

Minor downsides
- shallow game vault (only about 2-3 inches deep) so games with taller pieces (e.g Scythe would be crushed by leaves)
- wood vault base, making card pickup a pain
- no cup holders

My plan
- cover vault floor with 1/4 inch MDF covered in 1/4 inch volara padding and speed cloth to create nice gaming surface. This makes the vault depth a bigger problem, but I think it is worth it to have a nice playing surface.
- considering drilling holes in shelves to insert casino-style cup holders
- possibly include LED lighting and flush aluminum channels, but not sure.

I welcome any and all thoughts on what to do to improve this amazing find from BGG table builders, table owners, and anyone else.

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Darren
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I think the best solution for you play surface would be neoprene as it does not need a back board (the 1/4" MDF) so you save a tiny bit in vault space. It will lay flat without any issues and be easy to pull out to clean. The problem you will find is that in Canada, neoprene is very expensive. You may want to think about ordering it from the states and having it shipped over via dykpost.com.

When I looked at getting neoprene a couple of years ago, buying it in Canada was 4x the price compared to what it costs in the states. You would easily save that and more by using dykpost to get it from the states (or have a friend bring it up with them in their truck or RV).

From the images you put up, the table looks great!
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Kaiyoot wrote:
I think the best solution for you play surface would be neoprene as it does not need a back board (the 1/4" MDF) so you save a tiny bit in vault space. It will lay flat without any issues and be easy to pull out to clean. The problem you will find is that in Canada, neoprene is very expensive. You may want to think about ordering it from the states and having it shipped over via dykpost.com.

When I looked at getting neoprene a couple of years ago, buying it in Canada was 4x the price compared to what it costs in the states. You would easily save that and more by using dykpost to get it from the states (or have a friend bring it up with them in their truck or RV).

From the images you put up, the table looks great!


Never heard of DYK post before. Always thought shipping from the US would be cost prohibitive, but as always Darren, you're a well source of information. When the time comes to build later this winter, I will definately be looking at this option.

And, I second Darren's compliments on the table, looks to be a great Kijiji find!
 
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Thanks Darren,

I have already ordered the pad and speed cloth and cut some MDF to size, but the neoprene is a great idea if I can find a good source.


 
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A few lessons learned from my ongoing improvements to the purchase of a used gaming table:

I received the padding and Speed Cloth 2 from Your Auto Trim http://www.yourautotrim.com/uniispcl.html and completed the gaming surface last night. I used 1/4" MDF with 1/4" Volara padding glued (with Elmer's Spray glue as store was out of Spray 77) and finished with blue speed cloth.

Your Auto Trim shipment took a little over two weeks to arrive in Canada and two yards of padding and two yards of the cloth cost just over $100 CDN including shipping (no duty).

The speed cloth has a slightly rougher texture than I anticipated, but after testing how well water just beads and glides on the surface, I still think it was a good choice. If I hadn't already ordered it, I likely would have taken Darren's advice on the nylon-lined neoprene.

Cutting and gluing the padding went smoothly, but not being too crafty a person and trying to staple the speed cloth to the back was a bit of a challenge alone (I would highly recommend anyone attempting this have a second set of eyes/hands on this). I was also happy to see that 1/4" staples did not protrude at all through the MDF.

I came across some instructions from someone making a bench cushion https://www.buildeazy.com/newserve/hall_bench_feb07_upholste..., which when I followed their instructions really helped keep the final surface free of bulges and folds.

Next task will be purchase of some Vegas-style drop-in cupholders for each of the 6 pull out shelves on the table. This presumes I can find a 3.5" hole saw that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Latest photo below:

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