Strong Construction

Unfinished Tablezilla, showing how the top fits together securely.

To download a “spec sheet” listing all our strong table designs with dimensions and prices, click here.

Table Construction Built Strong to Last Long

Carolina Game Tables are built with 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 strong, solid wood.

Table Top

The table top is strong and super engineered. Allow us to geek out a bit… The interior of the table top contains plywood and Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) layers inside an aluminum frame. The top side exterior is covered in a mahogany veneer to match the rest of your table. The underside of your table top has fabric lining the edges—to protect the wood it covers—and a fabric-covered lip to fit inside the play area to secure it. The middle of the underside is finished with mahogany veneer.  (You can take the top of the Coffee Game Table and flip it over on an ottoman for a second play area! Just be gentle. The underside was not meant for rolling dice and may dent over time. We just think it’s cool our customers thought of this.)

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The reason for this construction, as opposed to mahogany slabs, 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 will 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/plywood/aluminum piece, on the other hand, has no such problem and isn’t affected as much by variances in humidity.

Two Piece Table Top Design for Tablezilla, Streamer, and (optional) Dining Game Tables. The two piece construction is necessary on these larger tables to make it easier to maneuver. The two sturdy pieces meet in a layered seam to keep crumbs from your play area and to provide stability. You still want to watch out for spills, though!

Adorable Baby models Tablezilla! Shown in French Couture and Dark Blue. Photo by Josh.

Adorable Baby models Tablezilla! Shown in French Couture and Dark Blue. Photo by Josh.

 

Play Area

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 thick, strong plywood which helps reduce cost of the table and overall weight, resulting in lowered shipping costs as well.

Physical Assembly

The physical assembly of the table uses screws, nuts and bolts, glue, and mortise/tenon construction. Additionally, there are strong 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.

Glides screw in and out to help you level your table.

Glides screw in and out to help you level your table.

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

We don't just stand by our tables—we sit on them!

We don’t just stand by our tables—we sit on them! They’re that strong. Try it for yourself if you see us at a convention.

Stain-Resistant and Rip-Resistant Strong Fabric

We use hardy 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.

If you are hoping to add LED lighting, power strips, USB ports, or otherwise adjust your play area, go for it! Simply drill through any section of the fabric-covered play area to pass through cords. We do not add lighting ourselves because we do not want to add the expense of UL testing and packaging. It’s a fairly easy DIY project, or you can hire an electrician.

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 strong fabric is rip-resistant and stain-resistant.

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 the Geek & Sundry 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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