Your Carolina Game Table has 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 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 felt, 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 metal supports at each corner for increased strength. 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.