Lego Table #1: Sketchup Model

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Blog entry by Eric posted 10-25-2008 06:22 PM 7634 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had been planning on entering the LumberJocks Halloween Challenge. Anytime the prizes are given away randomly, instead of based on skill and craftsmanship, I’m all over that! But my wife didn’t particularly want me spending a lot of time in the shop merely for the chance at a $50 gift certificate for tools (and DEFINITELY not for a plane holster or a cap, she would say).

So she told me that she’d let me have $50 extra bucks for tools if, instead, I built a lego table for our kids. We’re expecting our third child in a few weeks, and once that little bugger starts crawling around, we’ll need to have those legos off the floor.

So I thought that was a pretty good deal. I downloaded Google Sketchup (my first time using it) and started planning the table. I based it off of this great project (a train table) by Joshua Sargent.

The table will be a multi-use table. The plywood panel will be covered with a 70×100 (centimeters) “car mat” – you know, a colorful very thin rug that has roads, buildings, etc. drawn on it. It’ll be removable if need be. I’ll then build a frame and panel “lid” which will seat onto the top. On one side, it will be a plain smooth surface for a homeschooling workspace (I’ll have to figure out the best way to fill the grain so it’ll be smooth). On the other, I’ll have a checkers/chessboard painted on one half, and on the other half…hmm, any ideas?

Below is the sketchup of the main part, minus the lid. You can see that it’s pretty much identical to Joshua’s table, except that I’ve joined the frame pieces with dovetail joints instead of screws. I think I’ll still need screws to attach the legs to the frame, unless you guys can think of another option.

Thanks for reading!

Lego Table - Sketchup Model

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#1 posted 10-26-2008 07:54 AM

Hello Eric.
I think your wife is right. For sure you would be able to add some tools for your shop if you choose to build the lego table for your kids. And you may not loose anything.

By the way how is life in Kota Kinabalu? Any good store to shop decent woodworking machine or hand tools at least? Oh yes, for your info there is a jet tool dealer newly set up in Petaling Jaya. I got the address from aidaarif who recently joined LJs.

Have a nice day Eric

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 10-26-2008 12:15 PM

Good work with the SketchUp. I like the dovetails on the ends.

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#3 posted 10-26-2008 09:53 PM

Hmmm… pondering your questions…

You could make the long rails tusk tenons through the legs, held captive by the rails which are in turn held captive by wedges, or…

Utilize some of that cool Greene & Greene stuff like Marc did, or…

The heck with it. How about carriage bolts? Even—dare I say it—anchor bolts (bleah!)

Here’s the easy part: one side checkers, the other side backgammon. No gambling, however.



-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#4 posted 10-28-2008 01:07 AM

Nice looking idea, Eric.

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