I've always wanted a gaming table. However, for years I just didn't have a need for one or even think that I could build one. I had kicked around stupid ideas for some time, but nothing ever came from it. One night, I was talking with my wife, and she told me I could build a table and put it in my front room. This just goes to show that your spouse can still surprise you even after 20 years of marriage. I never expected her to agree.
So I had one major problem. I'm not handy. No that's not modesty; that's reality. I'm the guy who hammers a hole in the wall while hanging an 8x10 picture. I'm that guy you never let work a power tool without supervision. But I am fortunate to have two good friends who are not only quite capable but also quite generous. After some talking, they both agreed to "help" me build my table.
Tim K from Cursed Treasures and Mike W from Da Green Skins came over last night to "assist" me in building the table. I will define "assist" as building the whole damn thing by themselves while I asked if anyone needed a drink. On Tim's advice, I picked up a Simpson Strong-tie workbench box and the necessary lumber. He had the truck; so he helped me to pick up the lumber. Mike came up with a design to meet my wife's crazy requirement to make the table look good. Can you imagine such a demand? With the materials and plan ready, we started yesterday in the afternoon. We made sure to pick and "excessive heat warning" day to work on this. It would build character.
I was astounded by the array of tools off-loaded into my garage. I own a hammer, screwdriver, drill, and some sandpaper. That's my set up. But last night that garage had nail guns, chop saws, sanders, cordless drills, just about everything you could need. Here's Tim and Mike making the first cuts on the chop saw, probably the most important tool of the entire production.
I really, really, really have to thank Tim and Mike for their commitment and effort to this project. It took nearly eight hours to build this. It's a lot more complicated than it seems, let me tell you! I can't wait to get this finished and in the house!