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Dice Bag Games: How to make your own wargaming table

Warhammer 40,000 is one of the most popular tabletop games in the world along with War machine and Dust Warfare, especially in Britain. Playing these wonderful games will not only give you and your friends something to enjoy, but also can be taken as an additional hobby.

Compared to the typical board games, these ones require a large area of flat and open space. Although kitchen tables and floors work when you’re first starting out, a wargaming table will let you learn faster. So, what are you waiting for? Gather your supplies, build your table, then decorate your board by reading this blog today!

Gather your materials

If you are planning to make your own wargaming table, there are some things that you need to consider. Knowing these essential things will help you make a sturdy and beautiful table for you and your friends to play with. Find out more about it below.

Estimate the size of the table.

One thing you need to know is that there are different sizes that are required for various games. However, we recommend that you base your measurements on Warhammer 40k’s 6’x4’ since they have a standard table size like most tabletop games. Make sure to do your research, read the game of the manual you just purchased, and ask others for suggestions. 

Get the tabletop. 

Once you already have the right measurement for your desired tabletop game, you now have to buy a table top. Look for plywood or medium-density fiberboard (MDF) sheets that have an inch of thickness. 

  • If you are not familiar with MDF, this is a durable alternative to plywood that is made by compressing and sealing small wood particles together with the use of an adhesive.
  • Make sure to ask an attendant to cut your sheet down to size since they are experienced in cutting the right measurements. Since most stores provide this as a free service, it saves you the time and effort of doing it manually.
  • Compared to MDF, plywood is lighter and a bit more pricey. Aside from this comparison, it will still come down to the amount of money you want to spend and the game that you are about to play.

Buy your baseboards. 

After deciding the type of material to buy for your tabletop, it is important that you decide on the baseboards that you will be using. These are typically the four pieces of wood that will form the legs, or frame of your table. Do keep in mind that purchasing these baseboards will require a little calculation, so make sure to sketch out your table. 

With this said, look for boards or MDF pieces with an inch of thickness and a width of 8’, 10’ or 12’—which are all standard sizes and easy to find. Compared to buying a tabletop, baseboards are trickier to calculate. You must always ensure that the tabletop is the exact same size as the frame, so you’ll need to subtract the 2 inch of length from the shorter sides.

  • If you want to make a 6’x4’ game board (72”x48”), you’d buy two 1”x12s” of 72” length, and two 1”x12”s of 46” length.
  • If you want a 4’x4’ frame, you need to buy two 1”x12”s of 48” in length and two 1”x12”s of 46” in length.

Pick a tabletop surface.

If you’re deciding what material to use for your tabletop surface, we recommend using felt and sand since they are more durable and give you better gameplay overall. However, choosing a material still depends on the kind of game you want to play. Although there are other options available, these are the ones that most people apply the most. Planning to buy these materials? Here are some of suggestions we have when buying one: 

  • Although sand is pretty easy to come by at your local hardware store, there are many types of bagged sand that you can buy such as road sand, play sand or colored sand from. You can choose the type that best fits into your budget and the ones that go well with the design of your game.
  • When it comes to buying felt, we recommend buying a piece that is slightly larger than your tabletop so you have extra length to stretch it around the edges. If you are not familiar with this material , all you need to do is give the attendants the size snf what you’re gonna use it for and they can help you all throughout. They come in a wide variety of colors, so you can go ahead and choose what suits you the best. 

Get other supplies. 

You are almost done with the materials, all you have to do now is check if you have these current things in your home:

  • White glue
  • Bucket
  • Wide paintbrush
  • Power drill
  • Pack of 2’ wood screws
  • Coarse sandpaper

Take note: If you don’t have the miscellaneous materials at home, you can simply find them at your local hardware store.

Build your own table

Now that you have the materials needed for construction, it is now time to construct your own table top. Check out the certain things you need to do below. 

Make the frame. 

The first thing you need to do is make a frame for your table. This is the base, so make sure that it is sturdy and stable  for a better gaming experience. In this procedure, you must have materials such as wood screws, drill, and long and short baseboards. We recommend asking a friend to help with this step since it is hard to hold the boards and drill at the same time.

  • Firstly, hold one longer board and a shorter board together to make an ‘L’ shape. Once done, you need to drive three screws through the both of these boards so that they fasten together tightly. We recommend using one screw in the middle and one screw at each end.
  • Make sure to screw all of these boards for a sturdy and stable structure. You need to make an L-shape once again for another side of the frame in order to make a rectangle.
  • After going through this repetitive task, it is important to ensure that there are no gaps between the boards, and all should be flush with one another. POj the contrary, if you still see any problems, you can use a tightening screw or glue to fix a certain spot.

Screw in your tabletop. 

By making a base, you now need to place the flat tabletop onto the frame. You will know that you have the correct placement if it has the exact size as your frame, give or take a few millimeters. When screwing each side of the table, mark three points on each of its sides and ensure that all the screws will go in at even intervals.

Use your sand or felt. 

Remember, there are other materials you can use to cover your surface, these ones are the materials that are just set as an example.

Although it still depends on you on what type of material to use for your surface, all of them require some attention to make sure that the application is even. Moreover, you can also ask a friend for help, especially if your table is large.

  • If you want to apply sand, we recommend using a large paintbrush while applying a clear of white glue to your tabletop. When doing this, ensure that it is applied evenly with no areas over-glued or under-glued. You can also use your hand to spread it out more efficiently.
  • If you want to use sand, however, you can apply the glue to the top of the table and the edges with a wide paintbrush. Compared to sand, it is important to lay the felt carefully over the tabletop, then use a flat object to smoothen out any raised areas or bubbles.

Let the glue dry. 

Since constructing a table top is a long process, the glue that you applied to certain parts will need time to dry. We recommend  leaving the board for 24 hours, then check to make sure it’s dry enough. On the contrary if the glue still feels wet, leave it for a few more hours before using it.

Sand the edges. 

Once it is all dried and ready to use, make sure to sand the edges since you may get cut accidentally if there are uneven edges. We recommend using medium grit sandpaper to shape the edges and joints of your table, to soften up any abrasive surfaces.

Now that you have your own table, all you need to do is customize it and design the game according to your desire. Interested to know more about tabletop games? Don’t hesitate to visit our website at www.dicebaggames.ca for more information.

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