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I know this sounds a bit odd, but bear with me, I'm thinking about building a gaming board out of foamcore. Main reasons: it's cheap, and compact.
I plan on making 2'x2' tiles out of essentially three layers. The top and bottom layers will be solid 2'x2' pieces. The middle layer would be made of nine 7 inch by 7 inch tiles spaced 2 inches apart. I would hold the tiles together with two sets of wooden slats. The first would be about 2"x32" and the second set would be about 2" by 14".
this image kinda shows what I'd be doing for a 4'x6' table
where the black lines are the borders between tile, the gray squares are the middle layer tiles, and the brown lines are the wooden slats.
Obviously it wouldn't be free-standing, but if placed on something like a kitchen table, do you think it would be sturdy enough?
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While it might be sturdy at first I think a table made out of foam core would get banged up rather quickly, and end up being a waste.
I'm going to have to agree that it's stability will decrease over time and use. I've actually built a table for $60 in materials. I've posted my design thoughts and progress, but I haven't completed the tutorial and list of materials yet:
I'm not sure that it needs a complete tutorial but I intend on completing one when I list the materials. The table is very sturdy, weights 18lbs (unpainted), the build time and difficulty is very very low, and at $60 I'm willing to bet it's hard to beat with foam core.
Also, another thing I don't like about these 2x2 ft. tile boards is that they remove the guess work with distance weapons. because it has a 24" grid built into the table!
I've tried something similar. I made a whole board, 8'x4'. Out of styrofoam. Where I live in country Australia- It's quite hard to get foamcore.
The board worked well for a while, it was an "Ice" board. But it was far too fragile. The whole board was styrofoam covered in a plaster filler substance, but after I'd finished it, I noticed even dice were damaging the table
So, with your idea, I think you should try it, just to see how it works out.
I think a board like this will warp almost immediatly. You need MDF or plywood as the base layer and then foam core, insulation foam or ceeling tiles for the other levels.
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i'd have to think that a foam core board would be really flimsy....if you mount the foam core to something like some MDF it'll make it stronger and have a longer life
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'Tis true the Foamcore will warp if a single layer is just painted. I've seen it happen. If the layers are doubled up, though, warping is counteracted by bonding to the other side, if two layers are bonded firmly enough.
A painted on layer of yellow glue will do the trick, so long as you compress the two layers with significant weight and let the assembly sit and dry properly (might take most of a day, or overnight).
I can't do much about the durability. I concur with the other posters that it's not the best material, but there are times where it's all you've got to work with. (Or your tools/space restrict you down. Been there.)
Half-inch Foamcore is only suited for structural uses in buildings, doesn't do well for table material. It'll warp like the smaller stuff (hell, some pieces come warped), and comes in smaller pieces.
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I made a table with foam core but it bends.