Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Modular Gaming Table: Part 2

As I explained a bit in my previous post I'm planning to use the modular gaming table with modular boards further referred to as "panels". These panels will contain the desired scenery. As I have 2 sets of 6 frames I'll be making 12 panels. Each panel wil be 2x2 feet or 60x60 cm. The panel itself will be made out of Medium-Density Fibreboard (MDF) and Extruded Polystyrene Foam (XPS). The picture below will demonstrate the complete make-up of the panel.

Panel construction
Constructed panel
The panel on top of a frame
As you can see the panel has two bars underneath it. These will help hold the panel in place when placed on top of a frame. The panel border help protect the XPS and function as connection points for the table borders.

The table borders are completely optional and do cut a hole in your budget. The idea is to be able place a border around a constructed table without losing the modular aspect of it. 

Each panel border has two cut outs where one part of a "Kugelschnaepper" is placed. I don't know how it's called in English but it literally means "bullet snapper". The picture below will shows one up close.

I'll need 48 of these
The other part of the "Kugelschnaepper" will be attached to the table borders which will allow them to connect. The pictures below will demonstate how this is done.

A panel border with two cut outs
One part of the "Kugelschnaepper" in place
A table border with two cut outs
The other part of the "Kugelschnaepper" in place 
To be able to place the table border around a constructed table two types of borders are required. A type for the sides and a type for the corners. The biggest possible configuration I can make is a 6x8 feet table or if you count the frames a 3x4 table. This means I need 12 side types and 4 corner type borders.

Now one can make a table with a border. Hurrah!!

A 2x2 configuration with table border


  1. Nice work. I am just starting some new boards for the UK Salute show and this is great reference.

  2. The Kugelschnäppers are a great idea!

  3. @Robin Glad to be of any assistance. Love your work on the 15mm scenery.

    @Mojo At the time of writing I still need to prove the concept, but in theory it should work. I did some small tests of course but haven't done a whole table yet.
    They might also be used for holding background scenery, in case you want to make in game pictures or something.

  4. Das ist eine absolut geniale idee mit den Kugelschnappern aber wie wäre es gewesen, wenn du links das positive und rechts immer das negative gemacht hättest? dann könntest du alles miteinander kombinieren oder?

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    2. Thank you for your compliment and your interesting thought. Although it would be harder to get the negatives inside the borders, I like your idea. I'll look into it.

  5. Maybe I missed this somewhere, but did you buy those boards already cut to size or did you have to manually cut the boards, frames, foam and all of that?

  6. All the wood parts are pre-cut at the sawmill, except for the cutouts in the borders. I did those manually, because of economical reasons. The foam is easy to cut manually using a foam cutter. The frames are another story, it's all done manually. I'm working on making them public available for a good price. Let me know if you're interested and I'll see what I can do for you.