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Pics of the Table February 19, 2010

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We’ve been playing on the table for a couple of months now and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.  Here are some pictures of the table in action.

The completed gaming table.

Proof that the taps do work!

These tap handles are temporary until we can make some new ones.

Lots of room on each player station for books, papers, dice, and minis.

Even more room on the GM station.

Running the Beer Lines November 24, 2009

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This weekend we began running the beer lines in the table and adding the shanks and faucets.

 

The refrigerator we bought will accommodate two 5 gallon cornelius style kegs. The kegs will be "bridged" together so that they drain at the same time reducing the number of times we have to change them out.

The refrigerator is placed inside the table center and the beer lines running to each tap are placed on top. They will join together and run into the hole cut in the top of the fridge.

 

 

Construction is Complete November 2, 2009

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This past Sunday we took advantage of the extra hour from daylight savings and a few extra hands to help give us a push to complete the construction and finishing phases.  All that’s left to do now is run the beer lines and install the kegerator.

 

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Here is the table in its new home. It will remain my friend's new kitchen table until one of us can put it in a dedicated game room.

 

 

Desktop Trim October 26, 2009

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Yesterday we did a lot of sanding and added a piece of trim to the desk pieces.

Side view of the trim on the desk pieces.

Side view of the trim on the desk pieces.

Desk Pieces October 24, 2009

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Today we finished cutting the desk pieces.

I got up as high as I could and took a picture looking down.  You can almost see all of the desk pieces together.

I got up as high as I could and took a picture looking down. You can almost see all of the desk pieces together.

Here is a view of the desk pieces from the side.  All we have left to do in the construction phase is to cut the tops of the arms and then add an edge to the desk surfaces.

Here is a view of the desk pieces from the side. All we have left to do in the construction phase is to cut the tops of the arms and then add an edge to the desk surfaces.

Arm Mounting October 20, 2009

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This weekend we finished mounting the arms to the base and attaching the braces between each section.  We also received the shanks, fittings, tubing, and CO2 cylinder for the draft beer system.  We should be able to get all of the desk sections cut next week.

Arms Attached 1

Here you can see the arms attached from the side of the player stations. The bracing will provide stability for the desk surface as well as add rigidity for the arms.

Here is the view of the arms attached from the GM station.  You can see roughly how far out the desk surface will extend.  The GM will have a huge amount of space to lay out books and stat sheets.

Here is the view of the arms attached from the GM station. You can see roughly how far out the desk surface will extend. The GM will have a huge amount of space to lay out books and stat sheets.

Space is going to be tight for the shank and tail piece for each tap.  We may have to purchase some 90 degree low clearance tail pieces to make the turn or otherwise get creative in fitting it all together.

Space is going to be tight for the shank and tail piece for each tap. We may have to purchase some 90 degree low clearance tail pieces to make the turn or otherwise get creative in fitting it all together.

Arm Construction October 14, 2009

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With the base complete we could now start on the arms which are the most difficult parts to build.  Because the larger GM station throws off our angles that we used for the other arms, we had to mount some bracing to the base so they could rest against it.

We added a solid piece of mahogany cut at an angle to each side where the arms would rest against the base.

We added a solid piece of mahogany cut at an angle to each side where the arms would rest against the base.

After building the arms we laid them out on the ground upside down to figure out how to mount them to the base.

After building the arms we laid them out on the ground upside down to figure out how to mount them to the base.

With everything upside down it was easy to visualize how it would all go together.

With everything upside down it was easy to visualize how it would all go together.

Originally we intended for the arms to be removable to make it easier to change the kegs in the kegerator at the center of the base.  This proved to be too difficult so we ended up just mounting them directly to the base.

Originally we intended for the arms to be removable to make it easier to change the kegs in the kegerator at the center of the base. This proved to be too difficult so we ended up just mounting them directly to the base.

Base Construction October 13, 2009

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Next we turned our attention to the base of the table.  It had to be large enough to accommodate our kegerator but small enough so it didn’t hit our legs when we sit at it.

This is the inside of the base.  We used Kreg joints to hold everything together.  It is very sturdy.

This is the inside of the base. We used Kreg joints to hold everything together. It is very sturdy.

And here is what it looks like from the outside with everything stacked on top.

And here is what it looks like from the outside with everything stacked on top.

Shelf Construction October 13, 2009

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Continuing to work our way from the top down, we began construction on the shelf that would support the mapping surface.

This is the top of the shelf that the map grid will sit on.

This is the top of the shelf that the map grid will sit on.

These are the sides of the shelf.

These are the sides of the shelf.

Here is the grid sitting on top of the shelf.

Here is the grid sitting on top of the shelf.

Grid Construction October 12, 2009

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We decided that we would build the Epic Gaming Table using Mahogany and Maple.  These light and dark woods allowed us to make the various features of the design stand out so the first step was to cut about a billion little 1 inch by 1 inch squares that would form the map surface.  A generic grid would give us a blank slate to work with for drawing out any maps we might need.  The plan is to put a piece of glass over the grid that can be written on with dry erase markers.

Cutting all these little squares was a huge pain.

Cutting all these little squares was a huge pain.

Each tile was hand cut and sanded.  We needed about 1,200 total for our grid.

Each tile was hand cut and sanded. We needed about 1,200 total for our grid.

The tiles were alternated to create the grid.

The tiles were alternated to create the grid.

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