Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Frugal Game Table Creation in Ten Minutes

Among the many odd jobs I’ve had over the years, I worked at a blood bank for a while. One day I saw a donation table was being thrown out and decided I’d keep it. It’s a custom design, with a narrow length on wheels and with pull out boards and shallow drawers. I’ve had it for close to ten years in my office where it's been accumulating old computer equipment and not living up to its potential. After hatching the webcam plan, I decided to convert it into a game table. The old thing will get to see a little more blood before it's retired.

So how to make a game table in ten minutes? This stuff.

Before and after pics...

I wish it wasn't quite so narrow, but I might be able to help that by just painting the pull out flat panels as well. I made a test sketch of a dungeon from Knockspell #3. I see using this more for quick sketches than drawing complete maps, and building interiors would work especially well.

It's probably a little cheaper than a battlemat, although you'll have to bust out the ruler for distance measurements. I might put some thin lined hexes or squares on it with paint or fine point white sharpies. You could paint a very large area with one quart - the can says about a hundred square feet. Plus you'll have something the kids can play with and can use for other games or practice their math skills on. I recommend using foam sponges for laying down the paint - coarser brushes may leave slightly raised streaking.

10 comments:

Koren n'Rhys said...

Looks great zb. We've used chalkboard paint around our house too, but not on a table.

I just recently saw whiteboard paint as well. Could use colored dry-erase markers on that...

Thanks for sharing!

ze bulette said...

Thanks - and doh! Of course, whiteboard paint. It looks about twice as expensive but I might just go back to the drawing board now with that one. I could probably get much better detail with it. Well, I'll see how this goes for now... :_)

ze bulette said...

Oof, maybe even pricier than I thought.

Koren n'Rhys said...

The Rustoleum brand kit is much cheaper, just $23.

squidman said...

BRILLLIANT!

Tim Shorts said...

very very cool.

Grendelwulf said...

You had me at "blood bank"! :)

VERY nice. And great use of paint.

Ciao!
GW

TimmyD said...

There's something really cool about the black chalkboard look. I will definitely keep this in mind for my new place, when I hope to have a real gaming room.

Jamie Albrecht said...

That is super cool.

The Dungeoneering Dad said...

I love me so cheap gaming setups
(case in point: http://thedungeoneeringdad.blogspot.com/search/label/gaming%20setup%20101)

This is a great one, zb.

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