i made a table for Axis & Allies global 1940. the board itself sits on a 4 inch pedastle, surround by a tray wide enough for the boxes for each power. then a 3inch border around the outside. i stained the wood, then used 2 coats of clear poly to seal it. also works to keep condensation from beer cans and iced drinks from soaking into the wood. but the clear made the top very smooth and slick, so i used small circular velco pieces to keep the boards from sliding around. i also had an old dice tower i had made years back, which is able to fit in the surrounding tray and to be moved around the board. under the board itself i created storage spaces for hiding the boxes. currently the table has no legs, i set it on an old table in my basement, but i am trying to figure out a way to mount foldable legs under it.
i used cheap pine 1x3’s, 1x4’s, and 1/4 inch plywood. with stain, poly, 1 paint brush, and some sand paper i had, i probably have about $40 into it.
works very well, we really like the elevated board.