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Posted on Gaming Table Questions, need suggestions

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#1 posted 02-14-2018 05:22 PM

One thing to consider is to find a table that is about the right size and cut a hole out of it with a jigsaw for the TV monitor. If you cut the hole slightly smaller than final size, you can use a pattern bit with a straight edge get a nice clean edge. This will save you the learning curve on building a table. You may be able to find an appropriate table on Craig’s List for considerably less than the cost of materials to build it yourself. You can then just build a box or a support to attach to the bottom of the table hold the TV and attach a strip around the rim to hold the glass over the monitor. BTW, make sure that the TV monitor can be viewed from all angles. Some of the older ones might have good angles from the sides but might not in the up and down angles.

You could also simply modify your existing table by replacing the existing glass with a new top.

For routing the dice trays, I would use a box core bit with bearing guide (like this) and template. If the cup holders are just a recess and not cut all the way through, you can probably use the box core bit with a template for this as well. The box core bit will leave nice rounded corners in the bottom. Note that if you buy and modify an existing table, the top will very likely be made with veneered MDF or particle board so you will want to line the dice trays with felt. You could perhaps use a similar approach to make a recess for the tablet and simply buy a table case with a built in support to hold it at an appropriate angle. Or simply cut another hole all the way through the top and attach another box to sit the tablet and case in.

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