Construction

Unfinished Tablezilla, showing how the top fits together securely.

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Table Construction

Carolina Game Tables have a frame of solid Indonesian mahogany. This particular variety of the wood is plantation grown and government monitored to insure it’s never over harvested or becomes endangered. The legs, side rails, and all major supports of the table are made of this solid wood.

The table top is Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) covered in a mahogany veneer. The reason for this construction is twofold. First, it makes the top lighter than if it were solid hardwood so it’s easier to pick up and move.

Second and more importantly, hardwoods have a tendency to expand and contract based on humidity conditions, especially when one dimension of the wood is notably thinner than the others (such as the thickness of the table top compared to its length and width). This issue could potentially result in the top no longer syncing up with the rest of the table. A veneer covered MDF, on the other hand, has no such problem and isn’t affected by variances in humidity.

The last wooden component of the table is the interior play area. Since it is completely covered by fabric, requires no finishing, and is completely supported by the hardwood of the frame, it’s made of plywood which helps reduce cost of the table and overall weight, resulting in lowered shipping costs as well.

The physical assembly of the table uses screws, nuts and bolts, glue, and mortise/tenon construction. Additionally, there are steel braces at each corner for increased strength. Each corner brace is fixed to the table leg with three bolts. (The furniture industry usually uses two bolts at each corner, but we know gamers!) Each table leg also has an adjustable leveler in case the table might be set on an uneven surface.

In short, the Carolina Game Table is built using the same manufacturing and construction techniques of any fine dining room table—because it is! It just happens to be a great game table as well.

Fabric

We use commercial grade velveteen and glue it to the plywood used in the interior game play area. The fabric is then wrapped around the plywood and bolted up into the table frame. The combination of glue, wrapping, and bolting means the fabric should not “rub up” over time.

The velveteen is the kind most hotels use in their lobbies. It’s completely synthetic and there is no padding underneath to trap and hold odors. The fabric is rated “W” for water-based cleaners only. You don’t need to buy any special dry cleaning agents or pool table “felt cleaner” and in fact, you should not use them!

The nap on the fabric plays tricks with the lighting in a lot of our photos (most come from our customers), which explains the variance of color. It’s the same shade of color, we promise! It’s lighter where the nap of the fabric is pulled one way, and darker where it’s pushed another. The truest shade of color is the darker hue shown.

Here’s a beautiful example:

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Art on Set! Amandene made this beautiful piece of art using the velveteen fabric on their Streamer Game Table

 

Finish

The factory uses mahogany to build the table, but the surface you touch is actually a lacquer sealing the finish color.

To clean the wood of your table, simply use a no-wax dusting spray.

We also recommend you protect your table top by using tablecloths, placemats, or coasters to make it last a long time.

Remember this is a fine piece of furniture! Treat it how your grandmother treated her nice dining room table. 🙂

Finish and Fabric Options

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