Game Table Part 2

In the Part 1 post I outlined how we came to the conclusion that we were going to build a game table.  Near the end of that post, I mentioned that Emily’s dad had bought us a table saw.  It took us about 3 hours to put the saw together and had many different frustrations while doing so.  There were times that the directions didn’t tell us everything that we needed to know, and times that the directions were confusing.  On at least one occasion, Emily and I had differing opinions of what the directions were telling us to do.  Ultimately, we got it completely put together.

The pictures below show our progress while putting it together.

After the saw was together, we made a trek to the Home Depot near our house to purchase the wood that we need for top of the table (not the table top, just everything but the legs).  As I mentioned in the previous post, we had priced this out around $300 – $400 and were pretty confident in that number.

While we were at the store, Emily and I decided that the plans needed to change ever so slightly.  Our original plan had called for 6 inch sides, but this seemed like it would be a bit too deep, so we ended up going with 3 inches.  The cart was loaded with 16 maple boards with lengths anywhere from 7 feet to 12 feet.  We also had a few pieces of plywood for the table surface.

When we checked out, we knew exactly what to expect the total to be . . .

. . . Except that wasn’t what the total was, it was several hundred dollars more expensive.  Being the person that I am, I got very frustrated and told Em that this would be our first and last project.  Obviously we had made a horrible mistake while we were pricing this out and missed many, many feet of boards.  The change in plans had completely goofed us up.

That was until we got to the car and I was loading the wood.  Emily started reviewing the receipt and saw that the cashier had charged us for 172 feet of 1” X 3” boards.  Our table is only 6’ X 4’, we don’t need 172 feet of anything.  Emily went back in to talk to the cashier, but was greeted with, “but you had a lot of wood”.  Yes, we had bought a lot of wood, but not that much.

While Emily was inside, I decided to do the math on what we had actually bought (64 feet) and tried to figure out how that mistake could have been made.  Meanwhile, Em was sent out to the car to find out how much we actually had purchased.  When she returned inside, she was directed to the customer service desk where they refunded us over $200.

Crisis averted.

We arrived home, did some rearranging in the garage and were now ready to start.

WoodRelated posts:  Game Table Part 1

Game Table Part 1

A few years ago, Emily and I started to play a lot of boardgames.  We really like Ticket To RidePandemic and many other games.  We found a lot of these games from the show Table Top, which is part of the Geek and Sundry network on You Tube.  The show is hosted by Wil Wheaton and is a great introduction to games as well as very funny while doing so.

While watching the show we were quite impressed with the table that he had and thought that we might get one.  The table he has on the show is made by Geek Chic and they make incredible tables.

This is the table from the show


Though we really like their tables, we weren’t prepared for the cost of them.  A table like this one was almost $2,000.  So we set out on a mission to see if we could possibly build one ourselves.

The first thing we did was start to look at wood.  To make this worth while, we would have to find it at a reasonable cost.  It turns out that we could, thus lowering the out-of-pocket cost to around $300 to $400.  We have since found out that the price of wood is cheaper if you don’t purchase it from major retailers.  The next step, though it arguably should have been the first, was to figure out what tools we had and what wee needed.  We didn’t really need that much in the way of tools, we had everything to make the table, but some of it would have been difficult.

We decided that we wouldn’t get any new tools, and that we would press forward with what we had.  At this point we got an amazing gift from Emily’s dad.  After hearing that we wanted to make this table and asking a few questions, he went out and purchased a table saw for us.  This is when we got serious.

This is the first in a series of posts about building our game table.  Future posts will be linked at the bottom of each post.

Related posts:  Game Table Part 2,