ive decided to design a animation table that has more functionality then the standard perforated sheets what are some things you guys would want in a table i want to get as much functionality into this table as possible so i need lots of ideas here.
One thing that I noticed on the Laika set is the green masking tape. Very nice trick, it will reduce the greenspill a lot. And you don't have to set up the big screen. I'll keep a lookout for that kind of tape.
I think the idea behind the plywood pieces under the tables is that they can be cut and shaped very quickly, then easily joined together. If I were making a table that way, I would take care to round over the edges of the holes with a router, otherwise they could be quite sharp.
So for that sort of use, the best plywood would be birch ply, because it has high quality veneers and a much finer grain than the standard far eastern stuff, so it won't rip.
But unless I were doing a lot of tables, I am not sure there would be much advantage over using ordinary timber. And plywood often needs framing anyway.
Hmm... just looked at the Laika picture again, and the ply looks more like shuttering ply. Still, the comment about rounding over those edges applies.
While not quite as sturdy as the metal legs used in high end studios, an "L" or "Corner" created by two pieces of plywood being glued together also creates a very sturdy and less expensive leg system.