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#1 Cubanboy

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:37 PM

Ok peoples,

I have a table but I would like go buy a 3x3 board to place ontop of it so it can't be super heavy what what are some thoughts

Bonus if I want to take it with me any thoughts on a board that can fold in half.
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#2 Babaganoosh

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:40 PM

Is there a reason you don't want to use a mat?

 

You could try making your own board using foamcore; a local craft/hobby store would have one big enough.



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:47 PM

I just took some felt, cut it to 3 feet length, got a cardboard display board and cut it in the center to make it fold 3 times over (folds down to a 12x36 rectangle) spray glue onto the cardboard, glued felt on, flicked white paint and called it finished. Gives me around 6 inches on the length to put cards, is sturdy enough for slight over hang, and is portable. Cost me 8 bucks and 1 1/2 hours of my time.

Side note, since its glued down the bases don't seem to get caught as much on fibers but still gives that extra grip.

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#4 Cptnhalfbeard

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 05:07 PM

If you cut a piece of MDF (medium density fiberboard) and cover it in felt it makes a cheap table topper, it's not that heavy.

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 06:23 PM

Is there a reason you don't want to use a mat?
 
You could try making your own board using foamcore; a local craft/hobby store would have one big enough.


My table is not wide enough for a Matt and I would like something light weight. I was playing on my friends table that was 2x4 we made it work it was just not ideal.
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Posted 25 April 2014 - 06:24 PM

If you cut a piece of MDF (medium density fiberboard) and cover it in felt it makes a cheap table topper, it's not that heavy.


I have a GO board from MDF it is nice but super heavy. I I have to carry it every where when I travel that's going to get old.

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 06:25 PM

I just took some felt, cut it to 3 feet length, got a cardboard display board and cut it in the center to make it fold 3 times over (folds down to a 12x36 rectangle) spray glue onto the cardboard, glued felt on, flicked white paint and called it finished. Gives me around 6 inches on the length to put cards, is sturdy enough for slight over hang, and is portable. Cost me 8 bucks and 1 1/2 hours of my time.
Side note, since its glued down the bases don't seem to get caught as much on fibers but still gives that extra grip.

I was thinking about using project board like for school stuff if they make one wide enough. I think your style though.
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Posted 25 April 2014 - 06:29 PM

A piece of quarter inch Masonite with a framework of 1x3s underneath. Should be reasonably lightweight and still sturdy enough to not warp. You could even cut it in half and hinge the pieces, though that would reword a bit more woodworking to ensure the hinges font make the centerline rise up a little.
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Posted 25 April 2014 - 06:34 PM

Last year I built a 4x4 tabletop out of four 2x2 pieces of 1/4 plywood and 1x2 frames. They are fairly light, you can easily carry two in each hand, or all four in a stack. They hold together with magnets, but I want to add some dowels  to hold them in alignment better.

 

I painted a 3x3 square in the middle, so there is a six inch border for cards. It works pretty well.


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Posted 25 April 2014 - 10:47 PM

Actually the tutorial I posted today uses a 3x3' sheet of 4mm masonite and it does double-duty - one side is a starfield for X-Wing, the other is covered with tan felt for Wild West/desert games. It's thick enough to not warp during storage or play, but thin and light enough to be carried around the house.



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 01:35 AM

I've used 2 A1-sized pieces of black project board, with stars drawn using gold and silver Sharpies. It folds in half stores flat or upright and only cost £9, so is easily and cheaply replaced. The whole thing is actually 3' x 4', so adding another sheet would make an (almost) 3' x 6' board for epic play and my dining table also expands to that size........... Not sure where I'll fit all my pilot cards, upgrades and tokens though...... I might have to 'recruit'/'commandeer' the sideboard as a 2nd play area!
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Posted 26 April 2014 - 07:00 AM

MDF comes in various thicknesses. I've used 3mm for lots of stuff and it's not heavy. Check your local hardware store.

For X-Wing I use a simple black cloth. It's like T-shirt material, so it stays flat and is very hard to wrinkle. Felt is just a bit too thick sometimes.


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 02:04 PM

Walmart has cheap folding tables
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Posted 26 April 2014 - 02:26 PM

Eucaboard from Home Depot, comes in 4x8 sheets, have them cut it to two 3x3's....paint it black, or just put a mat on top of it. Stores easily and provides a good, level play surface.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 06:14 PM

walmart has folding 3x4 foam boad...


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 06:25 PM

Ok peoples,
I have a table but I would like go buy a 3x3 board to place ontop of it so it can't be super heavy what what are some thoughts
Bonus if I want to take it with me any thoughts on a board that can fold in half.


I used hardboard and it worked great. Thin, light but very solid.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 07:28 PM

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#18 Cubanboy

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 07:40 PM

Actually the tutorial I posted today uses a 3x3' sheet of 4mm masonite and it does double-duty - one side is a starfield for X-Wing, the other is covered with tan felt for Wild West/desert games. It's thick enough to not warp during storage or play, but thin and light enough to be carried around the house.


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#19 darkflop

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 08:58 PM

Personally I wanted something very cheap, light and foldable to put on a table that wasn't wide enough for my 3x3 mat, the best solution I found was two pieces of 900x600x5mm Corflute (Corrugated plastic). Very light, taped the two pieces together. It does warp under pressure, but considering the weight of X-Wing minis it's not a problem, and extremely cheap (AU$15 at Bunnings for both pieces).

I haven't painted it since I have a mat to put on top, but I don't think I would be too difficult with spray paint.



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Posted 26 April 2014 - 11:59 PM

I used a 4x4 piece of hardwood. It's light weight and works well.

 


Edited by Derbes, 27 April 2014 - 12:05 AM.

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