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Hi all !

I am not very savy for DIY but I dream of a coffee table that I could use for boardgaming.
Upon research I found this one:
https://m.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/art/50087072/

Do you think it’s possible to not put the dividers on the inside part and playing without the glass inside the drawer ? Basically using the drawer as the play area. Then finish I could put back the glass and having a nice table without needing to clean off the boardgame waiting in the drawer. It sounds like a very nice set up for a boardgame table. And the size (93 cm so probably around 80 in the drawer) sounds perfect for my playing need. Do you see anything that I overlooked in my plan ?
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Looking at the assembly instructions it should be possible. Another possibility is forgoing the drawer entirely, either leaving it open or installing the front of the drawer using finishing nails.

I wonder if there is a more elegant way of removing the glass than reaching under the table.
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Indeed it seems feasible. I like the idea of the drawer as we could put the drawer out with a game on it to play the game elsewhere. One problem is the glass. If it’s too heavy it could be dangerous to manipulate each time.
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I would get a nice suction gripping thing to lift out the glass, but other than that it seems like a good plan. I had looked at this table as a lego table.
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Moshimon wrote:
Indeed it seems feasible. I like the idea of the drawer as we could put the drawer out with a game on it to play the game elsewhere. One problem is the glass. If it’s too heavy it could be dangerous to manipulate each time.


Perhaps a sheet of scratch resistant plastic of some sort to replace the glass with a divot cut out so you can lift it out.

BTW what I like about this, as opposed to a standard gaming table is that the glass or plastic allows the half finished game to be a decorative piece by itself.

Many games feature great art on the board and off and this allows you to showcase that. Lisboa, for example, would look great under the table.
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NateT wrote:
Looking at the assembly instructions


Somebody really needs to make a game around assembling Ikea furniture.
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Hi si Mon Moshimon,

Very intriguing.

Here's an example being used for an N-scale train layout:

https://www.ikeahackers.net/2011/04/coffee-table-train-set.h...



So it seems like the internal dividers aren't necessary to support the glass. You'd probably need some extra support legs if you were playing on the drawer surface while it's pulled out.

I'm not sure I could handle sitting on the ground, but, put get some longer legs and for smaller games and two players, it could be a reasonable option.

Thanks for posting!
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You don’t even need longer legs just get some of those plastic lifts that some stores sell, largely to raise dorm room beds. We had our coffee table made about 5 inches taller and it is pretty near perfect.
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Thank you for your insights !
I am used to play on the floor as I live in Japan. We usually play on the couch and on the floor on a lack table. The train thing looks very cool. I like the idea that a boardgame played can be a nice diorama under the table. The one thing stopping me now is the size of the table. In tokyo place is valuable and the table might be too big. I will try to stop by ikea an see it in person !
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I TOTALLY agree about the leg length. I hunch over the table as it is. I'd look like Quasimodo after a few sessions. Sorry maybe for you younger guys but not for me. Make it taller ....then we talk.
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I didn’t thought that much about the leg lenght but if it bothers everybody it might be a problem. I will check in ikea...
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Besides making a nice display when stowed, using the pull-out drawer as the playing surface means the glass can be used for drinks, food, reserve pieces, etc. so you actually get more total space (if not a little awkwardly arranged) as well.

Replacing the legs will probably be a pretty huge chore. And you'd almost certainly need extra legs for using the drawer pulled-out to avoid it tipping.
 
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madmanw wrote:
I would get a nice suction gripping thing to lift out the glass, but other than that it seems like a good plan. I had looked at this table as a lego table.


You could also take the glass to a glass shop, and have them cut notches in two opposite sides for finger holes.

Or, less hassle and less expense, and to maintain the integrity of the surface, just lay a ribbon across the table, before laying the glass in. Then lift on the ribbon to lift an edge of the glass up.

 
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