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I was looking into getting some plexiglass to use with my paper map games and I am not sure what size to get! I was thinking I would try to go with a one size fits all approach, but that isn't really working out.

I will be getting and have games on pre-order that have maps bigger than 36x36 (the size I was going to go with) and can't decide what to do! What do you guys do?
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Since you will likely not be playing many games larger than your game table just get a piece that covers most of the table. If you have a game that takes up less space it doesn't really affect play much to have a sheet of plexiglass that is larger. You can always put playing aides and reference cards under the plexiglass as well as long as they aren't double sided.
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Since the standard larger map size has been 22"x34", I have 24"x36" poster frames (with the corregated cardboard backing and push-on frames). They are light and the plastic is thinner, not causing the "which hex did you mean" syndrome like with some thicker plexiglass (which I used to use). For larger games (multimap) I use more than one frame, without the push-on frame holders where there is map overlap.

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Well, if it works anything like in my country, they have the plexiglass on your hardware store in, like, 1m by 1m squares, and they will cut it down to the size you specify. They will have it in various thicknesses, but you can go with the most thin... it will still flatten any map.

Anyway, my point was that you will still have to pay for the full 1m x 1m piece, so you can take home the bit(s) they cut off... adding these extra bits to your main piece might be enough for your bigger maps.

You'll see plexiglass is really cheap, so you can buy two pieces and use the two pieces for the really large maps, instead of carrying around a really big and unwieldy piece. Or keep one piece for home use only, safely tucked away and free from stratches, and use the second piece to carry around (to gaming conventions, friends' houses, etc)... and then when you have giant maps, just use both pieces.

Also, if you'll just be using the plexiglass at home, you might consider not the side of your maps, but the side of your dinner/gaming table... if you get a piece or set of two pieces that fits quite snuggly in there, the size of the maps is irrelevant; you lay the map down and then cover pretty much the whole table with plexyglass.
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Local DIY stores (Home Depot) sell standard-sized 24"x18" (I think that's the size) perspex for $6. I simply carry several sheets of that in a stiff card envelope.
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I have a 36"x48" that I picked up at home depot that has worked for everything so far including Europed Engulfed and Bitter Woods, which are about as big a map as you're gonna see without going overboard.
 
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ljw74us wrote:
Since the standard larger map size has been 22"x34", I have 24"x36" poster frames (with the corregated cardboard backing and push-on frames). They are light and the plastic is thinner, not causing the "which hex did you mean" syndrome like with some thicker plexiglass (which I used to use). For larger games (multimap) I use more than one frame, without the push-on frame holders where there is map overlap.



To add to that wonderful idea, one could use the clips to join the two poster frames together!

Thanks for the idea!

I was just shopping for plexiglass today - a 1/8" 35.25 X 84.25 sheet at a local glass shop was priced today for 76 dollars - I am certain I have seen 48 X 96 at Lowe's for 50 dollars, and they will cut it for you.
 
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Wilhammer wrote:

I am certain I have seen 48 X 96 at Lowe's for 50 dollars, and they will cut it for you.


Nice. Only 2 of them are needed to cover a map of War in Europe.
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ljw74us wrote:
Since the standard larger map size has been 22"x34", I have 24"x36" poster frames (with the corregated cardboard backing and push-on frames). They are light and the plastic is thinner, not causing the "which hex did you mean" syndrome like with some thicker plexiglass (which I used to use). For larger games (multimap) I use more than one frame, without the push-on frame holders where there is map overlap.



This is my solution, as well.

Nice thing about this is that it makes it VERY easy to 'store' the game maps - for the popular ones, anyway, you don't have to keep folding them up and unfolding them when taking them in or out of the game boxes. Just buy a few extra of the 2' x 3' poster frames, and you can have a few maps mounted in them always ready-to-go (for Avalanche Press's "Great War at Sea" and "Second World war at Sea", for example, it makes sense to do this for the tactical maps. Every game in each series uses the same map, so it's easy as pie to just leave out and spare the maps from fading along the crease lines.)
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Would 'plexiglass' tiles work (say 12"x12") ? I could hide them from my wife more easily than large sheets.
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Hide them from your wife?

Is see through plexiglas porno?
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I have two 18x24 sheets. One fits a Combat Commander map perfectly and two put side by side fits the standard GMT maps perfectly (24x36 covering the 22x34 map). I found that the plastic included with poster frames was extremely thin and brittle. Unless you plan on actually sticking the maps into the frames with the cardboard backing (too annoying for me), they won't do the job well. My plexiglass was bought at Home Depot and is .80 thick, which seems to be the perfect thickness for durability and playability.
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AC Moore has Poster Frames, 36 X 24, that have a particle board backing.

They are far superior to the cardboard ones.

I picked up two of those frames last week for 11 dollars each last week.

You can always go to their website and print off a 40% off coupon for one item if they are no longer on sale.

Last night I tied two of them together, and I have now started setting up A Gleam of Bayonets: The Battle of Antietam- the tie together worked really well with the particle board backed frames - not so well with cardboard backed ones.
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dcorban wrote:
My plexiglass was bought at Home Depot and is .80 thick, which seems to be the perfect thickness for durability and playability.

What is the unit on .8 thick? I'm going to assume you mean centimeters and not inches.
 
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What is the unit on .8 thick? I'm going to assume you mean centimeters and not inches.
I think he meant .08 inches thick. I just bought a sheet in the harder-to-find .118 inch thickness, which is stiffer and gives a higher float to the counters.
 
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seharris wrote:
m_r_tyler wrote:
What is the unit on .8 thick? I'm going to assume you mean centimeters and not inches.
I think he meant .08 inches thick. I just bought a sheet in the harder-to-find .118 inch thickness, which is stiffer and gives a higher float to the counters.

I just bought .093" thick plexiglass (acrylic sheet) at Home Depot. It seems like about the right thickness and the price was right ($6 for a 18" x 24" sheet).
 
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Yes, it is .080 thick. Sorry.

I prefer the thinner size for weight and because it can bend a little, which means when I put it on the "deluxe" GMT maps, the edges bend down to the table instead of floating.
 
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hey guys,

ultra-pro have 24x36 and 29x43 toploaders.
i use a 24x36 that i bought from a local baseball card shop for 7.99$.

it works great for twilight struggle.

heres the link:
http://www.ultrapro.com/page.php?pname=sports/toploaders



 
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My table is 68" by 38", so a nice 72x36 sheet of acrylic works perfectly. I also own two cheap clamps to keep it from moving, which is especially important for games where a small movement will screw everything up (Empire Builder comes to mind, Roads & Boats too though not so much)
 
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It can store easily behind a bookcase, and you can cut it yourself to any size by scoring it with a utility knife and cracking it. Blu-tac to the map and it won't move. I keep 4 different sizes behind my game bookcase. Comes in handy for a lot of different games.
 
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I have just purchased Twilight Struggle , and it's the only game I have that needs plexiglass or what we call in Australia perspex, the size I got was 600mm*900mm at 2mm thick translated to about 24*36 inches, seems to work really well for this game and is easy to store in closet and to transport and most important to also hide from the wife. $50 cost
 
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I have three 36" x 48" plus two 36" x 24" with matching hardboard 'backs'. Two of the larger pieces are together to form a 72" x 48" tabletop, with one currently in reserve. The smaller pieces get used for single mappers on the tabletop or balance precariously elsewhere for additional org charts for larger games.
 
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I know this is an old thread, but I was looking around for Plexi, and running searches on Google turns up this thread.

I also read in another BGG thread that someone said their local hardware store (Home Depot) didn't carry plexi. Well, I did some digging around, and found online what I think to be one of the best choices for plexi if you are forced to order online.

http://www.acrylite-shop.com/US/us/sheet/5n7n4w7zmsi_artikel...

On the 'Product Groups' in the left hand menu, you'll want to look at Acrylite FF, Acrylite AR (which means abrasion resistant), or Acrylite Resist. Most of the others are colored or frosted for fancy applications.

They might be a bit more pricey than if you can walk in to a Home Depot and have them cut you a sheet for ~$50, but the abrasion resistant coating of AR or the high impact resistance of the Resist models seem well suited to active use and abuse that board games might bring.

A 24"x48" sheet of ~1/10" AR costs ~$70 not including shipping. Personally, having something that is reliably scratch/scuff resistant is worth the bit extra.

Just thought I'd share my findings.
 
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I know this is an old thread, but I was looking around for Plexi, and running searches on Google turns up this thread.

I also read in another BGG thread that someone said their local hardware store (Home Depot) didn't carry plexi. Well, I did some digging around, and found online what I think to be one of the best choices for plexi if you are forced to order online.

http://www.acrylite-shop.com/US/us/sheet/5n7n4w7zmsi_artikel...

On the 'Product Groups' in the left hand menu, you'll want to look at Acrylite FF, Acrylite AR (which means abrasion resistant), or Acrylite Resist. Most of the others are colored or frosted for fancy applications.

They might be a bit more pricey than if you can walk in to a Home Depot and have them cut you a sheet for ~$50, but the abrasion resistant coating of AR or the high impact resistance of the Resist models seem well suited to active use and abuse that board games might bring.

A 24"x48" sheet of ~1/10" AR costs ~$70 not including shipping. Personally, having something that is reliably scratch/scuff resistant is worth the bit extra.

Just thought I'd share my findings.



I recently put together a 4 X 8 table out of 5 ply Oak Panels.

I used Binswanger Glass, a local dealer, to order a 4 x 8 sheet of plexi cut in half - cost was a bit over 150 dollars for the resulting two 1/4" 4ft X 4 ft pieces.

 
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My gaming table is 4 foot by 8 foot. I use four 2' by 4' pieces of acrylic plexi-glass. Since they are all factory cut they fit together perfect with no gaps. Everything is held down at the edges with large clips and wooden yardsticks. The yardsticks prevent counters from being inadvertently swept off the table.
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