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#1 posted 02-13-2018 08:07 PM

First, thanks for taking the time to respond! Much appreciated. When I attached the image, it shrank it. Here’s a copy on my google drive:, it should be full size.

Second, I’m a bit new to this level of craftsmanship, most everything I’ve done has been remodel work, not table work. Anyway…a few follow up questions…

1) I found a local hardwood shop, but feel like a bit of a tool as I don’t know all the vernacular yet. Their product list shows birch plywood, but doesn’t specifically call out Baltic…if they didn’t have baltic, would another birch work? or do I simply ask them for cabinet grade plywood? What I don’t want them to do is give me the noob wood because they don’t think I know what I’m doing…Not saying they are shady, but I like to be an informed buyer.

2) Thanks, I was thinking along those lines but wasn’t sure.

3) So the tray is not for rolling, it’s for holding their dice, pencils, etc. The rolling will be done in the space between the tv and the rail, it’s about 6 3/4” and the tv will have plexi on top to protect it. I’ve been reading up on routing and I’ve done basic routing before, but mainly for finishing work, never something like this. You bring up a good point on the second part, using the table for something else. I’ll get to that at the end as that should probably be it’s own topic.

4) It’ll be recessed in so that the plexis is level with the felt. I’m thinking I’ll just extend the 22” side of the ‘box’ to hit both sides, that should be enough.

I’m not talking heirloom quality, but I want it to last and look really nice. I host other things like board meetings, parties, etc and would like it to not ‘detract’ from the room. You’re right about underneath, but I want to ensure that whatever is underneath doesn’t warp or cause problems for what is on top.

5) As for using this table for other things. I will need to have a conventional table. I don’t want the dice or the cup holders to show, so doing an insert that you pull out (like I have now) isn’t, in my opinion, the way I want to go. I was thinking, and would love your opinion, about creating an overlay. The game table will be 60×46. if I have a piece of maple ply that is 60 1/2×46 1/2, then I could lay it on top. For the edges of the ply, I would put a border of 3/4×1 3/4 maple. that hangs down to cover the rails and secure it to the table. The reasoning is this: the extra 1/2” allows me to put 1/4” felt padding on the inside sides of the overlay border, the 1/4 extra on the border allows me to put 1/4” felt padding on the underside of the overlay. This should provide nice protection to the underlying table. The 1 3/4 borders are enough to secure it in place and hide the rails (having two 3/4 pieces stacked would look awkward, and I’m not sure I want to do a small reveal/stepped look). I want the sides to completely cover the ‘rail’ and if I do that, then I can use swivel levers to swing under the rail arm and really secure the top to the table to prevent any wobbles (main reason for doing that would be to prevent warping of the overlay, I wouldn’t put the swivels on unless it didn’t lay totally flat).

Thoughts? Thanks again for your input…also, 5e is a lot of fun, we switched from pathfinder about 6mos ago and are loving it. They really got 5e right this time.

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