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We turned $100 into a board game table

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We DIY a board game table using parts from Ikea! And other places! We buy the $100 Ingo table from Ikea, which is technically a kids table, and make a bunch of cuts to create the board game recessed arena surface that can hold Tabletop Chits and cards. We buy some particle board from Ikea, and hardware is from Ikea and Ace Hardware! This entire process took about 2.5 days to woodwork with 1.5 people, but the final product has African Mahogany rails and seats 4. Neoprene, cupholders, and other accessories could be on the way. We fit Hellapagos, Proliferation, and Ticket to Ride USA no problem, and we’re sure Catan could easily fit. However, some of the bigger games on BGG may not fit, like Gloomhaven, Twilight Imperium 4, or Star Wars Rebellion. Although this process is inexpensive, we ran into many issues along the way, so see how Pranav gets us out of the messes!

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Table of Contents:
Intro – (0:00)
Ikea Shopping – (1:28)
Workshop Day 1 – (4:46)
Workshop Day 2 – (12:47)
Completed Table – (17:31)
Final Thoughts – (19:59)

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  1. Correction, war of the ring is the standard of fitting on a board game table 🙃

  2. Would definitely get a mat felt to complete it.

  3. The hardest part of DIY is finding a friend with all that tools 😀

  4. What is the ideal internal dimensions needed for "larger games" really? I play a lot of Marvel United with the (in my opinion) much needed 90cm diameter round playmat. …so would a square (or rectangular) inner surface with at least 1m w + l do? I would love the big brother IKEA version created from you guys! 🙂

  5. You'd want a miter saw to cut 45s on the arm rests.
    You'd want a plywood blade or other high tooth count saw for your circular saw. Also, only have 1/8" ticking through and using masking tape to prevent chipping of plywood. It's not the saws fault, it's the blade and blade depth.
    Instead of the metal brackets, should have just run the side through the table sides to cut the grooves for the game bottom portion. There are dual blades for tablesaws just for this, or could do a router (saw is quicker).
    You can get instructions online for tables, and then just modify those designs. IKEA quality is really hit or miss, and I found all their tables a bit small to do this with as I'd want 6' x 4' minimum.

  6. its always easier to see how to use the materials after the DIY, but one idea, use the 20$ board you got as the topper instead, and the OG table top peice as the bottom. LOVE how it turned out!!

  7. "There are solutions to this . . . I'm trying to think of them . . . " sums up every woodworking project I've ever done.

  8. Really appreciate how you guys keep going back to the board game table project to improve it in different ways 👍

  9. Love watching DIY board game table builds! 🪚 I've been getting more comfortable with woodworking and general DIY skills lately but I still feel like when the time comes I'd rather just splurge (nothing crazy, mind you!) on a top-tier quality table instead of trying to make one on my own… but we'll see! Love the finished product you all made! Thanks for sharing, guys! (Also, the old saying "measure twice, cut once" comes to mind as I watch this!) 🤣

  10. Love how Pranav is becoming a more regular in Shelfside. Love his energy!!!

  11. I have zero motivation to do this myself, but this was really fun to watch.

  12. the measure once cut thrice energy is strong here 😂

  13. What game were you guys playing the second time?

  14. Nice!

    If you don't find a neoprene mat that's the right size or just don't want to use one, my daughter and I found success and fun with fabric instead. Simply wrap some batting (a fabric used for padding) followed by velour or felt (for a less luxurious but more affordable option alternative). Simply attach the fabric with spray on fabric glue, wrap around the edges, and staple from underneath.

    We used that method to make a topper instead and enjoyed it. Well… Until a night when I had drank a bit of umm… Water! Yeah, got to stay hydrated. Anyways, it didn't get put away properly and the cats tore it up like a scratching post. So, yeah. Make sure you make it inaccessible to animals. (Don't feel too sorry for us. We had fun building it together and my wife gave me a really nice neoprene mat as a gift for Christmas).

    Also, you could probably add cup holders with a hole saw and cup holder inserts. The inserts can be found online and stores that sell products for RVs, boats, and/or semis. If you already have a hole saw, that addition should only cost about $10-20 while preventing spills.

  15. Petitioning to have Pranav build a board gaming house in Shelfside’s next video 🔨🧱

  16. This channel is very quickly becoming one of my favourite board game content sources – you guys convinced me to buy Takenoko, great stuff keep it up ❤

  17. Pranavs Protips™: "Don't drill directly into your legs."

  18. That was great to watch!! Love how cheap it is!! I'm going to wait until v37 releases and buy from you guys for $200!! 😁 I want the adult sized table, though. So, $300.

  19. Hey great job guys that looks great! I need to do that soon.

  20. Why didn’t you put some felt down in the arena area?

  21. Inflation is crazy that table was 50 bucks when I bought it like 4 years ago

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