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#1 posted 02-14-2018 04:10 PM

This sounds like a fun build. Wish I had the room and budget to do it myself.

1) If they’re not calling Baltic Birch, it’s not Baltic Birch. It’s most likely cabinet grade birch plywood, that is regular ol’ plywood with a birch veneer. I built a set of cabinets with it ( I got it from Home Depot, or one of the other big box stores. The table I built in that project has a top made out of the same plywood. The top looks like crap because I didn’t do a good enough job of getting the pieces flat and I had to belt sand through a couple layers of veneer. But that was only meant as a temporary until I laminated a butcherblock top. (almost 5 years later, and it’s still a temporary table top)

All of that is to say, yeah. It should work well for your needs.

3) The nice thing here is if you screw up #3, you can hide it all with #5. :D
For routing trays, make a template and use a flush cutting bit with a bearing. Also practice on scrap a couple of times. No sharp corners, or radii smaller than your router bit, otherwise you will need to pull out the chisels to clean up where the router couldn’t get. You may want to add a larger, plexi glass bottom to the router so it is less likely to tip in the trays.

4) Apparently, the TV doesn’t need too much bracing. I found a couple places online doing something very similar to what you want to do. This guy is doing it with just some steel straps and bolts (single pic of interest). And this guy just used a pocket holed board to hold his TV in place (single pic of bracing). Notice though, how they both have cross bracing from side to side right next to the TVs. That can be the cheap wood.

5) That sounds like a totally feasible plan. Another option is to use the dice trays and drink holders as indexers to hold the top in place. Cut some pieces of 3/4” plywood to fit the cutouts set them in the trays, put some hot glue on each one and rest the table top on them. That will give you 1/4” clearance between the bottom of the nice table top and the top of the game table. The topper won’t be able to slide around due to the trays holding them in place. And they’d be pretty light and easy to store.

I was in a 5e game for a minute a while back. Then scheduling conflicts, relocations, and an unprepared GM made the whole thing fall apart about 500XP from level 3. It was a shame. I had great plans for my wizard, but wizards are near useless at low levels. I never got to play him in his full glory.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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