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So...

Like so many of us, I don't have access to a bazillion dollars to get one of these game tables you see on the kickstarter or in the US market. So I play on a old hand me down with a blanket draped over it... Not ideal, but will sit 4 comfortably and 6 in a pinch. Having said that, I'm suddenly willing to spend a bit of dosh to bling up my game room.

See, My brother-in-law is a bit of a carpenter/cabinet-maker however and he has put together a few very nice tables for his sister and his kitchen. Like... really nice.

So nice in fact, that he's knocking together a business as a "Deluxe Table Manufacturer". Full custom designs for the deluxe market.

Here's his website if your interested in peeking at his other (more expensive) works.
kestrelconcepts.com.au/

Well, Chris has offered to make me a "gaming table", full custom, full deluxe.

The hope here is that others will see the quality of the product and be interested in the same. Hopefully drum up a little business.

His normal client market is very upscale (and his normal stuff is quite pricy) so another component of this little experiment is how to bring costs (prices) down while still being quite flash.

This will be a top range table! Super deluxe!!! But hopefully not a back breaker or wallet killer.

Here's our story.
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EDIT: all pics are "click to enlarge"
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Alright...

Full custom. Anything goes!
Anyone else thinking of that Simpsons episode with the "Homer Car"?

I wanted something that was suitably epic. I don't only play boardgames, but also the occasional miniature game like Star Wars: Armada and Pulp City: Supreme Edition (even getting back into 40,000). So that means that I'll need a table 6 foot x 4 foot. That will give me plenty of space to seat 8, and plenty of table to play all those big mini games.

It seems a little large for regular board games, but I think that you can seat 3-4 up one end of the table for smaller games, and I'm confident that it's not too big for regular gaming... You may need to ask someone to move your score marker, but a little stretch should more than allow a reach for the far end of the board (between short ends of the table at least)

With the play area sorted, now I needed to think of some design specs... Anyone who's been to a casino can tell you that a recessed play surface is the ducks nuts. That gives you a spot to put your elbows and rest your arms without dragging on table cloths (a constant problem when playing with my kids) and wotnot.

That led us to this first draft.



Real back of a napkin stuff. Another idea was to have a space under the table for stemless wine glasses and short steins. No cup holders, no knocking your drinks all over the games. It would mean a slightly elevated game surface, but thats okay in my eyes.

Chris refined these initial sketches to this



To keep costs down, the "deluxified" timber will only cover the legs and the edges (elbow rests). We'll get some gaming mats for the surface itself (I'll get some 'Space' and 'land' themed ones for the mini games. I have no idea where to get a 'Basic' one for other times (Maybe clark rubber?)

One thing Chris suggested was to install LEDs into the space between the edge and the surface. This'll give a "Backlight Quality" to the play surface and I can even adjust the colour for the game.

~ 40k on Mars or Terraforming Mars - Switch to the red lights!
~ or maybe a little Terra Mystica - Switch to the blue
~ maybe some Arkham Horror: The Card Game - Cycle between green and purple

I'm stoked for this. Stay tuned to see what We're doing to make sure that the down lights don't wash out those cool colours!





 
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So, now Chris gets to work...

Here are the shots form the workshop, LOTS of shots in all their glory. This is a real behind the scene look at the process for those interested.


Step one is cutting check for border base ply for the joins



With that done... Chris checks the cut and ground, and is ready to glue


Now the base frame is glued and set to be proper 90 degree corners


The White recess frame (the bit which will connect to the play surface) is fixed to the ply border with epoxy glue and screws


The Recess frame is clamped with straight edges whilst glue cures


Here is the Raw jarrah planks - the "Deluxe" timber dressed to size for components


The Legs made by nailing and epoxy to laminated pine


The Border planks nailed and epoxied. Cut to varied lengths to mix grain as a feature


Border planks are then fitted


Expoxy is forced into any small gaps appearing, and nail holes filled with mixture of epoxy and fine jarrah dust


Border finished and sanded (How good does that look!!! Even without varnish)


Then the Table is inverted, legs epoxy glued and braced to perpendicular position

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You can see that he's already looking at cost cutting by limiting the amount of expensive timber. I can't believe how good those jarrah surfaces look, even before varnish. The play surface will be cheaper wood, but as I'll put down gaming mats, that will hardly be an issue.

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Thats it for now. I'll post more soon!
(Next steps are the surface itself and the start of the "Drink Holders")
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Reserved

Edit: Definitely, "8 SEAT TEAK DINING TABLE :- Was $5,500 as Home Show display, discounted to $4,650" is a total steal! Not at all like those other board game tables where you need to have a bazillion dollars.

Look dude, it's nice that you can get a nice discount and are going to make a free advert for your brother-in-law, but a table of this quality is still going to cost us normal people thousands of dollars, just like all the other handmade/custom tables out there.
 
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rvervuurt wrote:
Look dude, it's nice that you can get a nice discount and are going to make a free advert for your brother-in-law, but a table of this quality is still going to cost us normal people thousands of dollars, just like all the other handmade/custom tables out there.


Mate,

If the (so far unknown) cost puts him outta your market, thats fine. But please don't judge his/our efforts here based on the highest quality and most expensive product on his site. The kind of table you obviously wouldn't buy for "gaming".

Part of this experiment includes keeping costs (and therefore - prices) reasonable.
Another part is to test the market for custom game tables.
The final part is to share the journey, pics and hopefully a decent read.

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Okay, its been a while since the last post... that reply I got up there took some of the wind from my sails. But now that I've seen the table... I don't care what the nay sayers have to naysay.

It must be shared!

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First though (tease), a few more progress shots.

Here we are with the legs on and ready to head off to the painters for a varnish.



Just look at that bad boy. Not even done and I'm impressed! It's hard to tell the scale, but remember that the play surface that fits in there is 6x4 feet. It's bloody huge!!!

While we wait, Chris gets a bright idea for an overhead hood (like you's see on a pool table). The plan's to rig it up with LEDs same as the table. That way you can set the lights above and the lights on the table to the same colour and you won't wash out the mood lighting.

Here's the start. Same Jarrah as the table. We'll chain this to the roof and bingo!






 
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Okay, the painter got backed up.... So better get started on the rest of the table.

Next up is to build the drink holders. They're a little bigger than a standard coffee cup. Like I said, my plan is to get some stemless wine glasses and some short beer steins (plus some snack bowls, etc) and they'll fit in this space



That edge isn't too nice though... is it? So Chris bought some strips of Jarrah (like paper thin) and glued them to the edges. It came up real nice.



This table is looking better and better
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So Chris had finished his table and now came the challenge of moving the sucker! You see, my requirement of 6 foot by 4 foot (imperial measurements) had imposed an unforeseen issue...

The Metric measurements were a little smaller, so that meant that building the table in Australia would require us to buy the metric components and then cut two of them down to fit.

I wanted 6x4 because it fit the “rules” for most game tables and therefore also fit the game mat sizes on the market etc... in hind sight it would have been much more cost effective to just cut a few mm of a mat than to make the table to suit.

But still, a challenge Chris could easily overcome. Until we had to get the table on the trailer that is! The Bloody Trailer is metric too, and a hair too small!



Here’s a pick of Chris customising his trailer to get the big bastard from Gold Coast to Brisbane.
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So without further delay...

Here she is!

With some Star Wars: Armada on the table


With some Warhammer 40,000 (Eighth Edition) terrain all set up

What you can see is (besides my games room) the “Cup Holders” all lit up. A table interior light glowing away on the edge. The lights themselves are not visable unless you really go looking for them, so the effect is a ‘glow’

Chris also installed a “Hood” which you can see above. Even with the room lights on, setting a colour to the hood really makes sure that the glow colour isn’t washed out.

We have one more step to do to better centre the hood and adjust the room lights to suit... but just look at it!



The terrain mats (this one a Mars Style mat from Deep Cut Studio) and some suitable terrain really makes for an “experience” when playing on the table.



I’ll get some more photos over the next few weeks and share them here
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How about some linky linky action?

Here on Instagram you can see the lights set to oscillate through their colours. It has earned my table the name “DISCO TABLE”
https://www.instagram.com/p/BbF6uR3nujW/?taken-by=boufalaxx

Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends on mars
https://www.instagram.com/p/BbJbgcbHf6R/?taken-by=boufalaxx

The Mats and terrain I’m using belong to a friend.
I’m going to get these mats for myself:
https://www.mightyape.com.au/product/deepcut-studio-fields-m...
https://www.mightyape.com.au/product/deepcut-studio-stars-ne...

Terrain for the Grass Mat will come from here
https://www.gamemat.eu/our-products/terrain/highlands/highla...




I am of course welcome to suggestions for other options!

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More information on getting your own table can be found here.
http://kestrelconcepts.com.au/2017/11/09/gaming-table-option...

Remember that the idea here is “Custom”
So if there is something you want, don’t be afraid to ask!

Also, the second idea is “Deluxe”
This is a luxury item for sure... but boy-oh-boy, is it ever luxurious.


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Really nice table Shawn - thanks for the "story" of it's creation too!
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Cheers Mate!

I’ll keep this thread up to date as I fill in the last bits. And like I said. Any ideas where to get better/other/cheaper accessories is appreciated!
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Looks really good but I wouldn't have the room to fit a table like that in my house anywhere...

When am I coming over to play some games???
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Togmosis wrote:
Looks really good but I wouldn't have the room to fit a table like that in my house anywhere...

When am I coming over to play some games???


Ha! Knowing Troy he'll talk his wife into building an extension for it.
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Lovely table indeed, however I think the bloke who said he'd need another room is going to be speaking for many. Perhaps a top could be fitted such that it was indeed a dining table. Though I do agree that games must take precedence to food
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GarryHoddinott wrote:
Lovely table indeed, however I think the bloke who said he'd need another room is going to be speaking for many. Perhaps a top could be fitted such that it was indeed a dining table. Though I do agree that games must take precedence to food


Chris and I discussed some options for “inserts” to fill the void (and make it more of a dining table job) or even a topper to cover the lot.

All these options are possible!!!
 
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Apollo1111 wrote:
Togmosis wrote:
Looks really good but I wouldn't have the room to fit a table like that in my house anywhere...

When am I coming over to play some games???


Ha! Knowing Troy he'll talk his wife into building an extension for it.


I would like an extra room to store and play games. Maybe I will see whether I can get the missus onto that project after she has finished all the others she has started...
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I agree with Troy, when can we come around and try it out.

If it helps I do own Cry Havoc (I noticed it was on you wish list)whistle
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Oh wow, that an amazing table! No idea how I missed this on your Instagram (non chronological throwing up any od crap they feel like now doesn't help really).

Bravo... soo nice.
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GirlyGamerAU wrote:
Oh wow, that an amazing table! No idea how I missed this on your Instagram (non chronological throwing up any od crap they feel like now doesn't help really).

Bravo... soo nice.


Thanks, I'm super pleased
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Apollo1111 wrote:
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I agree with Troy, when can we come around and try it out.

If it helps I do own Cry Havoc (I noticed it was on you wish list)whistle


Perhaps after Christmas

EDIT: (I have so many little bits to buy - new stools, etc...)
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boufalaxx wrote:
Apollo1111 wrote:
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I agree with Troy, when can we come around and try it out.

If it helps I do own Cry Havoc (I noticed it was on you wish list)whistle


Perhaps after Christmas

EDIT: (I have so many little bits to buy - new stools, etc...)


Christmas has come and gone and I certainly need more games in my life. With a seven week old it won't be easy to get a day off to play games but give me the word (and lots of notice) and I will be there!!!
 
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Sadly, I still need some stools and what not to get the room all set up proper... and I had a little water damage in last week's rain so no new stools until thats paid up.

(Luckily, no tables or games were harmed in that storm)
 
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Oh, and here is a nice little promo from Vault Games!

https://vaultgames.com.au/blogs/news/level-up-3-ways-to-give...

Check it out!
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