Walnut Game Table

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Project by mls posted 07-28-2013 09:07 PM 5424 views 14 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for a friend who found a similar table on the internet. (Google “geekchick”) He and his wife and mom did most of the hand-sanding. I designed this from available photos and, I believe, made a few design improvements. It is designed to serve as a game table with a depressed vault area for the games. In one configuration, you can install a single leaf on each side to form a bar area on each side. Two-piece closures for these two bars prevent dice or game pieces from rolling under the bar leaves. Six cup holders attach to the rim along the bottom so their location is variable. There is a center support for the leaves to prevent sagging of the leaves. Leaves are all made from 5/4 stock so I’m not sure the center support was really necessary. The table’s functions, with leaves in, as a regular dinner table. Both end drawers are equipped with the flip-up privacy cover for the “game master”, flip-out side leaves and a drop-in center table. This makes for a large work surface on each end of the table. The four side drawers are covered with a table surface with storage under the table. There is no privacy cover on the side drawers. All of the drawers have a locking function that holds the drawers out in the extended position to prevent accidental closing while in use. Legs are removable for easier transport. The vault area has a drop-in panel that is covered with felt and there is an acrylic cover that can be placed over this felt-covered panel. The acrylic cover can be used to protect the felt during use as a dinner table and it can be used to cover game maps thus allowing the use of dry-erase markers. I am not a “gamer” so I really don’t know all the details of how the games are played. Apparently, some games go on for days or weeks and the table allows the game to stay setup in the vault while allowing the “dinner table” function with the installed leaves. All loose parts store in the vault area. One of the design improvements was to make the sidebar closures to be two-part so they fit inside the vault. The cupholder design was another improvment over the original. It was made entirely of walnut bought from a local saw mill here in St. Joseph, MO. The drawer fronts were cut directly from the side panels to give a matching grain pattern on all sides of the table. It was a fun project and the owner is quite pleased with the result.

-- Mike ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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#1 posted 07-28-2013 09:54 PM

Very nice table..and it looks well planned out. your friend will most certainly be very happy with it.

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#2 posted 07-28-2013 10:00 PM

Awesome table. Have any plans or a sketch up that you could share?

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#3 posted 07-28-2013 10:01 PM

Quite a daunting project. Well done.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 07-28-2013 10:11 PM

Sorry, no plans. I just did small sketches during the design. I didn’t take the time to fully document in Sketchup. As slow as I am in Sketchup, I could get it built before I could get it drawn. :)

-- Mike ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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#5 posted 07-28-2013 10:26 PM

looks great

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#6 posted 07-28-2013 11:34 PM

very nice indeed

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#7 posted 07-28-2013 11:52 PM

Oh my, what an amazing looking game table…excellent craftsmanship.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 07-30-2013 08:19 AM

Droools That table looks amazing. Being a boardgame geek myself, I would love to own one myself. Will keep honoring my woodworking skills, till Im ready to build something just like this

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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#10 posted 07-31-2013 04:58 PM

Nice work, love the wood as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 08-18-2013 06:45 PM

Very NICE! I am currently at GENCON in Indianapolis and my son pulled me to the Geek Chic booth saying “you have got to see these tables so you can build one for us!” His mother’s project request, a dining room table, is first in line. Perhaps I can do both? Thanks for sharing… And inspiring.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#12 posted 12-20-2013 03:33 AM

The table is totally gorgeous!

I just discovered this thread while looking for cup holder designs for a game table that I built for my daughter. I had formulated my design just before this thread was started. I am sure that if I had seen this thread sooner, I would have incorporated some of its outstanding features into my daughter’s table.

I did post a Sketchup design at
that might be a useful starting point for others interested in building a game table.


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#13 posted 03-11-2014 05:21 PM

I plan to build one of these coming up very shortly. I saw the one on geekchic and fell in love with them and then saw the price tag from geekchic and decided I need to build one. If mine looks half as good as yours I will be most satisfied. Good work.

-- I'll think of a good one someday

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#14 posted 03-11-2014 06:18 PM

wow, that is very impressive, amazing work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#15 posted 07-14-2017 02:23 PM

That is a beautiful table. I was recently introduced to this world of Gaming Tables. A friend asked if I could build one for him and his fellow gamers to play Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). I already made a sketchup drawing for my table design. I had a very tough time figuring out the best height for the table top in relation to the skirt of the table, and leg room because I will also have a “game vault”. I ended up with a table height of 32”, and 26” for the skirt.

Again, Beautiful table! I will probably borrow some of your design elements.

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