Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Gaming Table Re-Model, Part Two

 A bit more progress on the re-do of the gaming table.  The basic shelving has been put in including the bookcase for rulesets at the front of the table.  The bookcases are 12 inches deep and are very sturdy.  I'm using 3/4 inch furniture grade plywood as it looks good and is very durable.  The additional framing has made the table almost immoveable - so it can take a beating from the robotics team with much worry.

 The basic shelving for the under table storage is in.  The open space to the right is 24 inches wide by 36 or so tall and is meant to store the robot.  All in al,l I'm gaining about 70 cubic feet of useable storage.  I'm waiting for the runners to come in for the sliding doors.  Once the basic framework is complete the next step will be to add some sliding shelves for miniature storage.  Think of the trays used in large cafeteria carts, but made of wood so they have some visual appeal.

 Here's a picture from the other end of the table.  One other change I'll be making is to remove the painted molding around the edge with some that's not painted.  The white edging just seems too stark with the natural wood.  There will also be a set of hanging cup-holders and rule desks that we can use so those items don't end up on the table itself. I got the last idea from Ernie's table and that concept was reinforced by a few posts on TMP.




 One last picture of the table.  My tools take up a lot of space right now but they'll go out to the shop when I'm done.


 I've had a few people ask for pictures of my son's robot so here they are.  It's a bit of a beast and they team is in the process of rewiring to maximize performance.




11 comments:

James Brewerton said...

I may just go away and sulk now...
Stunning gaming table I think most of us would die to have one like that.
Must talk to the wife....

Peace James

John said...

I'm not ready to start hosting my daughters FLL team, but I've been wanting to build a game table. Any chance you could put together a parts list? I was going to just put a couple of shelves under my table but I really like your approach better.

jmilesr said...

I'll pull together a brief tutorial and parts list on the table. It's all stock lumber. The only non-standard item is the piano hinges for the table top. The table's construction is a bit of overkill for gaming - the table get's some rough handling from the metal work involved in robotics so it has to be sturdy.

I'm glad to see your Daughter is involved with FIRST via the FLL (that's Lego robotics). As you might infer from the blog, my son is a robotics nut and participating in FIRST programs has been great in developing his confidence and leadership skills.

The Angry Lurker said...

Nice work again for the man cave, that robot could take on Transformers......

Ray Rousell said...

Looking good, your certainly going to get a lot of stuff in there!!

jmezz382 said...

Awesome stuff my friend

Hein said...

Great looking table. Same counts for the Robot.

Hein said...

Great looking table. Same counts for the Robot.

Hein said...

Great looking table. Same counts for the Robot.

Monty said...

Utter respect and envy, Miles; your man-cave is bigger than my flat ho-hum ;)

jmilesr said...

I added a page to the blog that has a written set of build plans and suggested parts that were used in building the game table. Tool wise, having access to a power mitre saw and a nail gun are very helpful. As with all projects with power tools be careful as you are responsible for your own safety! A speed square (very old school) is also a must to ensure everything is plumb.

If you take your time projects like this are a lot of fun.
Miles