Gaming High Top #1: Introduction & Planning

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Blog entry by whope posted 11-28-2019 03:38 PM 279 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi Folks!
Earlier this year, I decided I wanted a bit bigger project than I have done in the past. I thought it would be fun to do a gaming table and decided that it would be a high top style made out of Walnut. My son found out what I was doing, so then it became two tables.

Historically, every project I’ve done has had to been done twice in at least one aspect. Usually more. :) To counter that, I decided the start with less expensive wood, like White Oak, to make my big mistakes there. That makes three tables. Since it would take 3 times as long to do them sequentially, I’m going to do them at the same time.

Some folks have a characteristic, or style, and mine is influenced by Asian styles. It typically shows up as a 5-degree angle in the legs.

The main elements are:
- 42” high, 36” square
- A half-width, full-height drawer on each side, so they are on the right-hand side
- Legs splayed out at 5-degrees
- Easily removed top for replacing the gaming surface
- Stools, 30” high, 18” x 12”, also with splayed legs

Most of the joiner will be dovetails, some sliding; hidden wedged mortise & tenons.

I always do a scale drawing. Since this is a big project, I’ve also started doing cut lists and assembly instructions. I will eventually share all of this, along with photos and mistakes in future postings. I have no deadline, but I would like to get them done in 2020. I’d like to start milling in March, which means I have a lot to do to be ready.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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