Got some more progress in prior to heading into work, however was unable to get a post up prior to leaving, so here it goes up after work.
I screwed in the boards running lengthwise on my sheet, and secured them. Came out nicely – has a nice snug fit on the table. Here’s some shots of my progress:
One of my two little helpers! She wasn’t too keen on the flash, however popped up when snapping this.
- “Hey Dad! Watch the eyes!”
Side shot – I had toyed with going with some 1 x 6’s, however opted for the cheaper option of the 1 x 4’s. Looking back, I’m happy with the 1 x 4’s, as I have a tight enough fit to prevent any movement.
From the bottom – here’s what it looks like. Pretty much a sled design – next step as I’m doing this is to finish the “box” to secure the table in both directions.
Again, I make no claims to be a woodworking expert. At best, I’m a hack – but hey I don’t want to drop TONS of money into a table, I want to drop TONS of money into wargames, and have a functional table to play them on!
Here’s how the table sits as I post this. Got my “box” finished. Struggling with where to proceed next – most likely will seat the sheet on top and test it for strength/etc and see how it works. I hesitate to attach anymore pieces as I still wish to add some cup holders; problem is, with my current plans to secure the felt with spray adhesive, I need to have all pieces secured PRIOR to attaching the felt. I’m also struggling with how-to approach allowing for an extension for maps requiring a bit more space than 8′ – “It Never Snows” comes to mind, which requires 8.5′ in length. I’ve got some ideas but need to brainstorm some more things. Anyways, onto the shot:
Hopefully this will generate some ideas for all the folks out there so you can make use of furniture you already have in your possession.