Gaming Dining Table

Marc Spagnuolo

We’ll build an elegant dining room table that contains storage as well as inserts featuring various surfaces that can be used for gaming, playing cards, puzzles, or family projects. The table will also feature some clever add-ons like cup holders and tablet supports. Even if you’re not into gaming, the table design will look good in anyone’s kitchen or dining room! The table measures 78"L x 38" W x 31" H.

  • 13 lessons
  • 206 min
  • $100.00

What You’ll Receive:

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (metric and imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction (13 videos) showing every step of the build, from wood selection to finishing.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. Closed Captioning available.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Wood Selection
  • Mortise & Tenon Joinery
  • How to Make Large Proud Bridle Joints
  • Making a T-Slot Accessory Rail
  • Lamination for Thick Legs
  • Cutting Tapers
  • Making Shop-Made Jigs
  • Cutting Home-Sawn Veneer
  • Mitering plywood panels
  • Using a Vacuum Press For Veneering
  • Applying Speed Cloth to an Insert
  • Cutting Plexiglass Inserts
  • Making Accessories for an Accessory Rail
  • Shellac and Wiping Poly Finish
  • How to Polish a Finish

What You’ll Need:

Nice to Have:

  • Drum Sander & Vacuum Press – The table top, as shown, is made from a plywood core and shop-made veneer. You could eliminate the need for a Drum Sander by purchasing commercial veneer. You could also eliminate the need for a Vacuum Press by constructing a shop-made veneer press. Finally, you can eliminate both the Drum Sander and Vacuum Press by simply purchasing high-quality plywood with the face veneer of your choosing. Note that you’ll need to make some minor changes to the plan to account for a thinner top.

From the Guild:

So I am planning to order lumber from bell forest, but want to make it longer. Beyond just refiguring the plans with longer wood pieces do I need to be concerned with any other issues? I want to make a table about 114 inches long. I am worried about structural support issues. Thanks in advance.

Guild Member

Gaming Table

Just watched all the videos! Marc has a great talent for teaching. Very very informational! I can’t wait to start this project!

Guild Member

Great Project

I’m new to wood working and I love Marc’s projects, presentations, instructions, and videos. I learned a lot from this project.

Guild Member
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About Your Instructor:

Marc is a podcaster, video producer, woodworking enthusiast, and author of the book Hybrid Woodworking. He has contributed articles and video content to, Popular Woodworking Magazine, WOOD Magazine, and Woodcraft Magazine. He is also the host of The Wood Whisperer, an instructional woodworking video series that’s been going strong since 2006. He is also the owner and operator of The Wood Whisperer Guild and the Wood Talk Podcast. He has taught classes at the William Ng School, Marc Adams School, Weekend with Wood, Fine Woodworking Live, as well as Rockler and Woodcraft stores. He also speaks periodically at woodworking events like AWFS and IWF.