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Some, or quite a lot of you may have come across my Ork Fort/New Ork table idea discussion thread and now that the obvious winner is the fort, I will now have to go about thinking of ways to make it get to the next stage.
I have done some research tonight about how I would go about building the actual gaming section of a table, meaning the piece that is not made from timber and came to the conclusion that the best way to go about this is a 2x4foot block of 12.7mm, 25mm and 30mm sections and just lay them down together and cut them to shape from there.
This way will end up costing me roughly $65 AUD, which although was much worse than I initially thought I would pay for this scale of foam.
So that is all the foam section taken care of, next is the actual wooden table section which confuses me the most as I'm terrible with wood work and never been able to use a saw to save my life.
The standard is MDF board am I correct? The sides of the foam I would hope match the table fairly well and thus there isn't need for much adjustment after that point.
Now with the MDF obviously a single board can't be the entire table, there has to be legs and this is what I was pondering was the use of retractable legs with pegs to lock into place so the table doesn't just collapse on itself mid-game and ruin tons of models and work.
The board alone at 6x4 foot with the weight of a game and the foam would probably suffer a bit of flexibility at this stage, so I'd need skirting down the side correct to keep it
straight and stuff during games, is more MDF board the best way to go about this or is a different type of board/wood used?
And one idea that creeped into my mind the other day, as the fort could provide a very big distraction during games, perhaps have it attached to a hinge and the entire fort section just falls back when its not being used to reveal a regular desert board at 6x4 feet. Would this idea work to any effect? Any lumberjacks and woodsmen out there that can give me a friendly hint or two about how best to go about the manufacturing of the base of the table?
As I mentioned I'm no good at this side of things and any help I could get would be most appreciated, my dad is very good with handiwork but his back and legs are in bad condition and he has a very short temper so hes not the most fun to work with.
Also if anyone from Australia or Melbourne in particular can direct me where to find these materials and a rough idea of the price I'd be looking at it would be of great assistance!
So thats everything I think thanks for reading
Im in the process of making a tutorial for this exact situation. Though Im locked out of the woodshop till Thursday so I cant take any pictures till then. Want me to post what I have written of the worded version and just add onto it as I go?
Yeah remember we discussed this on MSN, but because I wasn't sure how long it would take you to get started I thought I'd start my own thread. Post away, but probably better to make your own thread
Well I finally found someone who can transfer pictures so Ill have though soon. and yes I would make my own thread, thanks for the advice, lol.
im not a fan of mdf, it sucks up water more than plywood. It can swell with the humidity