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HappyTable by juewei Feb 23, 2014



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The HappyTable adds free space to a crowded gaming table. Gamers of pen and paper games often fill their table with quantities of potato chips and coke glasses and of course pens and papers. and maybe books. Or other food and beverages ...

When the game master wants to spread out a map or arrange tabletop miniatures, there is often little space left. HappyTable solves this by providing extra surfaces above the normal table.

My design comes as two tables, 20cm high and 10cm high. Where the smaller table can be either placed underneath or on top of the larger one. I am using transparent material to allow people to find their stuff below the tables.


  • 1x Clear acrylic 8mm, 70cm x 40cm (larger table)
  • 1x Clear acrylic 8mm, 56cm x 40cm (smaller table)
  • 4x Clear acrylic 8mm, 20cm x 8cm
  • 12x Clear acrylic 8mm, 10cm x 8cm
  • 32 Neodym N52 Magnets 8mm diameter x 1mm
  • 32 Neodym N52 Magnets 8mm x 8mm x 2mm
  • Cyanacrylate glue
  • Plywood ca 12cm x 12cm

Tools / Machinery

  • Lasercutter min. 30W
  • Drilling machine
  • 8mm drill
  • Adhesive tape

The two tables surfaces can be any size you like. the smaller should be ca. 14cm shorter than the larger one, so that it fits between its legs.

The 4+12 smaller pieces are for the legs. Do not cut them manually, just grab a sufficient quantity of material that fits into your lasercutter. I used two sheets of 30cm x 40cm.

Each leg consists of two pieces: Either long "legs1.pdf" or short "legs2.pdf", and one across "legs3.pdf". In total you need to cut
4 x legs1.pdf, 4x legs2.pdf, and 8x legs3.pdf .

Assemble the legs by sliding the the second piece into the large triangular nose from above. Then tilt sideways to snap into position.
Each leg gets 4 magnets 8x8x2 glued into the pockets.

Each table sheet gets a group of 4 round magnets at each corner, so that the legs can be snapped into place.

I used a milling machine to drill 1mm deep holes to nicely sink the magnets into the surface, but you also just glue the magnets onto the surface. A Stencil template for positioning the magnets can be lasercut from plywood using the file "corner_template.pdf".

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