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BigPapaSmurf
SFN Die Hard

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Posted - 07/29/2013 :  05:48:46   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

I might build "Rail 2.0" at some point. Not soon, but someday. I'll take what you've said into consideration.

It wasn't so expensive that I'd take the time/effort to dig the putty out and replace it with plugs. It's four 1x2s and eight 1x3s, all bought six feet long from Home Depot (I think the lumber itself was under $30). Cheap pine.

Heck, the MDF ran eight bucks and change for a 4x8' sheet cut down to size by a Home Depot guy (who got the dimensions just right, too). So if I feel the need for a different color/material for the table top itself, it's a cheap weekend project. Well, cheap if you go with craft felt, and not something fancy like micro-suede.

What made this particular project expensive is that I bought a miter box to cut the corners of the top rails, and a set of countersink drill bits. And a $15 strap clamp to make sure the rail is firmly set on the table. But I don't have to buy those things over again if I want to make another (or better) rail for this particular table.

And I bought too much felt. When I ordered the felt, I was thinking I'd be building the rail with the table's leaf in place, making the table 80" long instead of 61". The longer table would have required three yards of felt. But my wife remarked that we rarely have enough game-players to need the leaf, so shorter is normal, and all I needed was two yards of material. I've got enough spare felt to redo the table right now. Luckily, the cat seems uninterested in using the table top for scratching, so I think the spare felt is going to be stored for quite some time.

Oh, the stain was pricey. I could have gone cheaper there but the less-expensive stains seemed to require a lot more work and/or drying time. I couldn't leave the piece out in my backyard for days to do multiple coats, 'cause my backyard is a tiny, unfenced townhouse lot with lots of people walking by. Even being left outside for just a couple hours, it was getting nature all over it (insects and bits of leaves seemed to be attracted to it) while the stain was drying. Still stank up the basement pretty bad after I brought it inside. And the next day I was still rubbing off uncured stain. I want to shine it up with some furniture polish, but I think I'll let it cure for a whole month before doing that experiment.

And yeah, I know I'm my own worst critic. Most people are.


I'm your worst critic, this is terrible start over!:)

If you are going to redo it though I suggest a magnetic dry erase surface.

"...things I have neither seen nor experienced nor heard tell of from anybody else; things, what is more, that do not in fact exist and could not ever exist at all. So my readers must not believe a word I say." -Lucian on his book True History

"...They accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence. So if a fraudulent and cunning person who knows how to take advantage of a situation comes among them, he can make himself rich in a short time." -Lucian critical of early Christians c.166 AD From his book, De Morte Peregrini
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Dave W.
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USA
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Posted - 07/29/2013 :  07:08:52   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by BigPapaSmurf

If you are going to redo it though I suggest a magnetic dry erase surface.
I don't do any gaming that needs such a surface.

Felt makes cards soooo easy to pick up, too.

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BigPapaSmurf
SFN Die Hard

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Posted - 07/29/2013 :  10:34:52   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

Originally posted by BigPapaSmurf

If you are going to redo it though I suggest a magnetic dry erase surface.
I don't do any gaming that needs such a surface.

Felt makes cards soooo easy to pick up, too.


I guess you can put felt on the back, I suggest Simonis 860 (gotta be the best.) Get that table up to 500$ in parts cost:)

Perhaps you don't need the magnetic but the dry erase is wonderful for keeping track of scores and other oddball things... can be painted on fairly cheaply.

"...things I have neither seen nor experienced nor heard tell of from anybody else; things, what is more, that do not in fact exist and could not ever exist at all. So my readers must not believe a word I say." -Lucian on his book True History

"...They accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence. So if a fraudulent and cunning person who knows how to take advantage of a situation comes among them, he can make himself rich in a short time." -Lucian critical of early Christians c.166 AD From his book, De Morte Peregrini
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Dave W.
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USA
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Posted - 07/29/2013 :  11:05:15   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Actually, a while back my wife got a bunch of 8x11 stick-on white-board sheets for the walls in the room with the table, for keeping track of scores and other oddball things.

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ThorGoLucky
Snuggle Wolf

USA
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Posted - 07/29/2013 :  13:27:20   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit ThorGoLucky's Homepage Send ThorGoLucky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

Actually, a while back my wife got a bunch of 8x11 stick-on white-board sheets for the walls in the room with the table, for keeping track of scores and other oddball things.

Oh, nice idea with the whiteboard. For games that keep track of the score around the edge of the board, I will instead keep track on a clipboard because it's too easy to knock the markers.
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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25909 Posts

Posted - 08/01/2013 :  11:15:12   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wil Wheaton - NOT The Flog 3 (TableTop Bonus) - Discusses five mobile versions of table-top games.

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ThorGoLucky
Snuggle Wolf

USA
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Posted - 08/01/2013 :  17:41:30   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit ThorGoLucky's Homepage Send ThorGoLucky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

Wil Wheaton - NOT The Flog 3 (TableTop Bonus) - Discusses five mobile versions of table-top games.

You beat me to the post. I haven't yet played Ascension or Elder Sign. I'll give them a try in iOS. While I was at it, I noticed Stone Age in the app store; I love it in person but have yet to try it as a video game.
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Dave W.
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Posted - 08/02/2013 :  14:45:56   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Screenshot of the editing software timeline for next week's episode, Star Wars X-Wing. That game used to be teased for "Next Week" at the tail end of the Smash-Up episode, which was S2E6, so that explains what happened to S2E7: it hasn't aired yet.

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ThorGoLucky
Snuggle Wolf

USA
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Posted - 08/03/2013 :  17:36:55   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit ThorGoLucky's Homepage Send ThorGoLucky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Stone Age app is well done and it looks nice.
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Dave W.
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USA
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Posted - 08/08/2013 :  09:13:46   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Star Wars X-Wing is up.

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Dave W.
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USA
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Posted - 08/15/2013 :  13:22:19   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Nope, the name of the video for the gag reel (just went up) makes it clear that Star Wars X-Wing was episode nine, not seven.

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BigPapaSmurf
SFN Die Hard

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Posted - 08/19/2013 :  11:05:42   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Not sure how handy you are with wood but here's some more ideas for your gaming table,

Use a biscut cutter to make card slots for standing cards in front of you.

Make a second shallow/wide slot for holding things like scrabble/majong/domino tiles

Extra wide slots for full decks

Drink holders!!! Prefarably on the outside. Some kind of dollar store clip on thing Im sure can work, can double as holder for game peices when not in use.

"...things I have neither seen nor experienced nor heard tell of from anybody else; things, what is more, that do not in fact exist and could not ever exist at all. So my readers must not believe a word I say." -Lucian on his book True History

"...They accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence. So if a fraudulent and cunning person who knows how to take advantage of a situation comes among them, he can make himself rich in a short time." -Lucian critical of early Christians c.166 AD From his book, De Morte Peregrini
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BigPapaSmurf
SFN Die Hard

3192 Posts

Posted - 08/19/2013 :  11:07:41   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Since your rail isnt attached, might as well make game specific rails! Man I gotta stop thinking about this before I find myself at home depot.

"...things I have neither seen nor experienced nor heard tell of from anybody else; things, what is more, that do not in fact exist and could not ever exist at all. So my readers must not believe a word I say." -Lucian on his book True History

"...They accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence. So if a fraudulent and cunning person who knows how to take advantage of a situation comes among them, he can make himself rich in a short time." -Lucian critical of early Christians c.166 AD From his book, De Morte Peregrini
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
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Posted - 08/19/2013 :  11:51:28   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ah, crap. Nobody plays Tartars & Martyrs anymore?

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
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Dave W.
Info Junkie

USA
25909 Posts

Posted - 08/19/2013 :  12:45:41   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by BigPapaSmurf

Not sure how handy you are with wood but here's some more ideas for your gaming table,

Use a biscut cutter to make card slots for standing cards in front of you.

Make a second shallow/wide slot for holding things like scrabble/majong/domino tiles

Extra wide slots for full decks

Drink holders!!! Prefarably on the outside. Some kind of dollar store clip on thing Im sure can work, can double as holder for game peices when not in use.
The wife is insisting on cup-holders, but I haven't figured out how best to mount 'em, yet.

There's a lot more ideas if you look at the tables I can't afford. "The Sultan," properly configured, would cost more than my car. (TableTop, the show, uses a donated Geek Chic table, and one of the Geek Chic guys is in one of the episodes.)

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