Coffee and Train Play table

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Project by NY_Rocking_Chairs posted 12-23-2008 09:20 PM 1797 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Imagine you are 2 years old and love Thomas the Tank Engine. You wake up xmas morning to rush downstairs and see your brand new wooden train set all set up. Yet wait, there are no engines or cars. Eventually as you tear through your presents you find Thomas, James, Percy, Annie and Clairabel and some others to play with.

So this is my sons new play table. My wife requested it match the existing family room furniture which is oak with mahogany, hence the mahogany accents on the sides. The underside is great storage for toys, shoes, etc.

The table is built entirely from 2 sheets of oak plywood with some mahogany scraps making up the “legs”. The top is 3’ by 5’ of playable surface and the entire thing is treated with Deft Danish Oil. The doors are 1/4” oak plywood.

I brought it upstairs (through 18” of snow outside) today and my son spent 20 minutes touching and feeling every aspect of it, he is clearly a wood lover too.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#1 posted 12-23-2008 11:38 PM

That’s a cool idea. I might have to steal it for my 3 year old. I love the layout. Simple and distinct. He’ll be bragging to his friends that ‘my daddy made it for me’ long after Thomas and friends are no longer of interest. It doesn’t matter who you are, that will make ya smile. Merry Christmas, Frosty.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem.

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#2 posted 12-24-2008 04:03 AM

That’s great looking!

Question is, are 1/4” plywood doors strong enough to take a boy’s abuse? Remember, he ain’t gonna be 2 years old and cute forever. ;-)

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#3 posted 12-24-2008 03:09 PM

Well they are easy enough to replace if necessary, if he does break these I will double laminate the next set so they are 1/2” thick except where they go into the grooves. He already climbed on top of it and checked out the top to make sure there were no splinters lurking…

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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