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|
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|
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.