12 January 2012

Saga Tables in progress (1)

This is the first instalment in a series on construction of Craig and Kelly's Saga tables. Craig and Kelly are a couple of guys I game with on a Thursday, that wanted to start making terrain for their own gaming.
In this section the basic table design is constructed, and assembled. This sounds easy but when working alongside the aforementioned actually becomes a task in itself. With comedy moments a plenty lets crack on.
You would not think it too difficult a task to get 2 boards cut to 4 foot x 3 foot but Craig and Kelly actually managed it, having popped to the local timber merchants on route it transpires they just asked them to halve the sheet of timber (a fact they did not tell me until much later). As long as they repeat the error if they need extra boards the 1/4 inch wont matter.
These boards will serve another purpose, they will also be usable for their 10mm world war two antics, a fact that will need to be accounted for in the design. The first thing to do is rough out a design and sketch a few ideas, these boards will not be totally flat and will have an undulating surface but they have to be compatible with each other for the occasions they want to use both boards to make a larger table.

Framing the boards is the first task, it is even better when the wood purchased to frame the tables is actually the same size, but again the curse of the brothers grim struck, they purchased two different sized timbers for framing. It is at this point I discovered that they did not get the boards cut to size correctly. I began cutting the framework to length and assembling one of the frames before they both arrived for another terrain session. The other frame I was to do a step by step walk through with them doing the cutting and assembly for practical experience. Things went well and 3 of the outer edges were in place when I got elected to make tea, issuing a note of caution about measuring accurately and cutting it carefully on the mitre saw I was duly dismissed.
A well glued and screwed sub frame
Upon return to the workshop two shocked faces appear informing me they had cut the last piece of wood too short. I assumed it was a joke until I actually looked, it transpires that although everything was measured you cant account for anyone cutting the wrong side of a line thus the outer frame was 3mm short at a corner (the final piece of timber we had that was long enough to do the job). Kelly enthused that we should cut splice and do all manner of technical trickery to the middle of the length to make it larger. (I concluded it was safer now to remain firmly in the workshop until the tables were framed). The only real solution I could see for this was to carefully trim a 3mm piece of MDF to size and insert at the corner making sure it was pinned and glued into place.
The rest of the framing was cut and assembled without too much problem. Everything was glued and screwed into position for strength. Myself and Craig also discovered that Kelly didn't do much DIY but loved glue (or rather he remembered his Dad saying lots of glue on wood Son), and we actually had a frame floating around in a river of glue and the more we clamped the top to the frame the more glue oozed and flooded everywhere. A lot of wiping up later and we had two framed tables to work on.
One of the undulations in progress
Next up was the construction of the features, I have some usefull and expensive products to construct the undulations but the best one is a resin cast sheet material that comes in 6mm and 12mm thicknesses. Work began on drawing the required shapes onto the resin then cutting and chamfering the edges before being glued onto the tables and left to dry for a few days.

The next update will be completing the undulations before we texture the boards.

So here we have the end result from the first session of terrain making.
Craig's Table
Kelly's Table

4 comments:

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    1. Thanks Ray I see you are leaving Fran trailing in your wake on the Challenge.

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  2. I can easily imagine Craig and Kelly blundering about in your workshop, keep a close eye on them...

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