Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ditlana Redux - The New Table

The new table, awaiting stain on the inside of the legs.

The legs are on, and these sit on casters. The table rolls freely on the linoleum, but will stay in place on the rugs that I usually put down for the gamers. The 'playing tray' is 48" x 48"; that's an Authentic Gygaxian Bounce Stick on the table to give you an idea of scale.

The fleet of folding tables fits underneath the table, to save floor space, but I think I'll move them out into the game storage shed when I have the chance. The beat-up old metal stool, on the other hand, stays right where it is in the game room; it's the same one that I sat on down in Prof. Barker's basement for several years until I got 'promoted' to one of the folding chairs at the end of his green-carpeted Ping Pong table.

Next job is to re-route the power to the track lights, so as to clear the wall outlet - which is behind one of the table legs, when I have the table in the normal gaming position. The dimmer switch in the blue box will also be recessed into the wall for a neater look.

Total investment in this project is about six hours of my time, and just under $20 for the wood stain and some supplies. I can do things like this pretty easily, as I have an 'installed' base of tools and equipment left over from my days in theater and technical production; I have lots of 'left-over' lumber in stock, from various sets I've built in the past, so building this table was mostly a matter of getting the lumber and sheet goods out of the garage and cutting it to size. After that, it was simple assembly work.

So? Whaddya think?