Building a wargames table?

News and discussion of your favourite wargames and new rules to make it completely unplayable.

Moderator: FU!UK Committee

Building a wargames table?

Postby Skipp » Sun Jun 26, 2016 9:53 am

I'm looking for design inspiration for a wargames table, which I want to build in the garage.

The table should have storage under it (2 levels?) for modular units, terrain, possibly terrain boards, a playing surface and perhaps a bordered area on top for dice, pens, paper, drinks etc...

I'm also interested in thoughts about materials, finishes and costs... Definitely want it to be bomb proof, luxury a secondary consideration (still a consideration)

Any thoughts, links etc?
Image

What are you doing Dave?
User avatar
Skipp
 
Posts: 3432
Joined: Fri Aug 31, 2007 12:27 pm
Location: Deepest Darkest Yorkshire

Re: Building a wargames table?

Postby --- » Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:50 am

Ainsty Andy's just built one for his new gaff; 4 kitchen units in the corners with 2 doors on top.... 6'x5' with bucket load of storage and, relatively, cheap. Only downside is he needs to get a couple of stools as it is a tad too high to comfortably use chairs
---
Committee Member
 
Posts: 6694
Joined: Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:20 am

Re: Building a wargames table?

Postby geronimo » Sun Jun 26, 2016 12:19 pm

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/147174 ... -table-150 - possibly too far down secondary consideration route...
...I've heard things about people from other people about certain people to back that up (c) Andrew May

Image
User avatar
geronimo
Associate Member
 
Posts: 2511
Joined: Sun May 20, 2007 4:54 pm
Location: part of a world heritage site, apparently

Re: Building a wargames table?

Postby Levied Troop » Sun Jun 26, 2016 9:35 pm

Chap I know did this one (half way down this thread):
http://thelaofwargamers.prophpbb.com/topic667-80.html
Levied Troop
 
Posts: 3313
Joined: Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:50 am
Location: European socialist paradise

Re: Building a wargames table?

Postby sOOp » Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:28 am

I've built this exact same table but added on to hold another board underneath to hold plastic storage bins.

https://web.archive.org/web/20040904143 ... table.html


Pics of my table

Image

Image

Image

Image
Slow Death Games
Three quarters of the world are starving
The rest are dead
User avatar
sOOp
 
Posts: 247
Joined: Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:17 pm
Location: Chula Vista, CA

Re: Building a wargames table?

Postby hetz » Fri Jul 15, 2016 4:54 pm

Railway table here, but I'm considering building this in 2 sections with a few more modifications.

http://mrr.trains.com/how-to/get-started/2011/11/benchwork-for-your-model-railroad
Image

Diagram is wrong in that it's missing 1 horizontal strut, but it should give you some ideas.
User avatar
hetz
Associate Member
 
Posts: 242
Joined: Sat Jun 25, 2005 2:33 pm
Location: Gortgranagh

Re: Building a wargames table?

Postby PaintsByNumbers » Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:09 am

Take a piece of plywood the size you want and reinforce it on the bottom with 2x4s. Buy 4 "mechanics toolchests" and use them as pedestals. I put my 2x4s on edge to make the height just right for gaming while standing, or propped on a bar stool. That also creates "slots" in which I store a 1 foot wide "expander piece", which sits on top of short arms made of 2x4's which are attached to the outside 2x4 with strong door hinges, so I can make my 4x10 into a 5x10. When not in use the arms fold against the edge. Leave 6" of "overhang" so your feet have room when your belly is against the table. You can put some shelving under the central part of the table, or just shove storage boxes underneath. Figures go in the drawers.

aaaa.bbb
aaaa.bbb
.........bbb
...............
...............
xxx.........
xxx.yyyy
xxx.yyyy
.
PaintsByNumbers
 
Posts: 32
Joined: Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:11 am

Re: Building a wargames table?

Postby PaintsByNumbers » Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:13 am

Oh, the expander arms have a slot on the top about 2/3 from the table edge, which holds a 1" x 2" x 10' long board, so that the arms cannot get knocked out of place.
PaintsByNumbers
 
Posts: 32
Joined: Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:11 am

Re: Building a wargames table?

Postby andrewbeasley » Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:39 pm

Ikea office drawer and cupboard units are lower than kitchen units - I built my study desk using them and they are fine to sit at. Just check across ranges as they ave two different heights...

Other option is to have a word with some of the railway guys to see how they do it. I know of http://model-railway-baseboards.webplus.net/index.html but his do not have storage under them by default.
andrewbeasley
 
Posts: 787
Joined: Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:52 am
Location: South of the North Pole

Re: Building a wargames table?

Postby Dhtandco » Mon Nov 28, 2016 6:46 pm

I will get Malcolm to photo and post photos of our table m d f is a good material for the top and shelves our timber merchants cut all the wood to size for a lot of effort saved!
We can stand on the table so bomb proof to 16stone or so !
User avatar
Dhtandco
 

Next

Return to Wargames Misc.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 10 guests