Building Your Own Gaming Table?

Dragon Snack

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I bought 2 4'x8' sheets of dry erase board, a couple of 2x4's, and a pair of fold up legs with the ultimate plan of building a gaming table. Still haven't gotten around to it yet...

Wulf Ratbane said:
How wrong is it that I want to buy a new HOUSE specifically so that I can build my gaming table/game room?
I bought my new house partly due to the finished basement that became my gaming room...

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Actually, the only thing I've managed to post to my little Web site deals exactly with this subject. Check it out:
Cheap Gaming Setup 101

As others have mentioned, unless you're really into building stuff, you're better off getting a few folding tables from Sam's Club. If you are really cheap like me, check Craig's List.

As for gaming surfaces, I haven't gotten around to writing that article yet. ;) However, check out the Flickr link in my signature and you'll see what a cheap piece of shower board from Home Depot will get you. You can get a 4 ft. x 8 ft. dry erase surface for about $11.00. If you want a permanent grid, buy a drywall t-square and an exact-o knife. The drywall t-square is a jumbo t-square and the long leg of it is a ruler. Then use it and the exact-o knife to etch out the grid. It took me about an hour to do. I don't think there is another way to put a permanent grid on it. I tried using an industrial strength Sharpie, but no luck. I have heard that eventually the shower board will stain. However, given that it is only $11.00, it's fairly cheap to replace. Personally, I have doubts that mine will ever be so bad that I will need to replace it. Also, I have found that, surprise, shower cleaner removes stains nicely.

p.s. Photos of my table are also posted to the Gaming Spaces Flickr group.
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I bought a 4 x 8 piece of shower-board at Home Depot for about $11 and scored it with a grid. I works just like white board and is fantastic. Granted, getting that big piece home was a pain, but in hindsight, I'm sure they would have cut it down for me. A dry wall T-square is a great help with the scoring...

I wrote a blog about how to make a cheap table here...


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Wow nice game room Monte!

We use a 6' x 4' dining table from the 40's for our game room. We're in the process of having a new surface for it built with supports that will make it 6' x 6'. I sit at a desk at one end of the table. With 6' on each side, we'll be able to comfortably sit 6 players, have about 4' x 4' in the center for minis & maps and everyone will be able to see. I'll be sure to post pics when the new surface is done.


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Reading this thread and looking at some of these pictures has got me in the mood to try and make a gaming table of my own.

Making a truly awesome one will take a lot of time and effort, but boy will it be worth it in the end :D

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