|Project by Snoop||posted 01-25-2009 12:35 AM||1802 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
This is actually my first woodworking project – and also what got me really excited to do more. Compared to the work that I have seen on this site it really doesn’t compare but I figured I would share this and get your feedback so that I can improve as I complete more and more projects. Criticism is welcome – it will only help me grow.
So, this train table was built for my son. He was playing a lot with his wooden Thomas the Trains but really didn’t have a place to play with them other than the floor, which is not exactly an ideal spot. I looked into a bunch of other train tables that are commercially available but many of the comments mentioned that they were flimsy and get destroyed easily. Therefore, I decided to give the table a go. My requirements for the table were that I wanted it to be sturdy so that it would last a long time, I wanted the legs to attach and detach easily so that we could transport, and if possible i wanted it to look halfway decent. The only tools that I had at the time this was built were a miter saw and a crappy drill. As I mentioned this project started a fire inside me so I have since acquired some others.
I used 2 layers of Birch ply (36”x48”), 2×4’s for the structure, 4×4’s for the legs, and pine for the trim. I wanted to make sure the trains and tracks didn’t fall off the top so I added a rail out of 1×2 as well. I then put a couple of coats of danish oil on the whole thing followed by a few coats of clear poly. The legs and the top actually ended up changing color quite a bit after the danish oil was put on, and I kind of like the variation.
I think I have accomplished my first two goals but not sure about the last one. This thing is so solid I could stand up on it and jump up and down. I guess that means my little 40 pounder should be pretty safe too. What made me the most happy though was the smile on his face when I finally gave it to him.
I have attached a few pics showing the table with and without the train set in use. I welcome your comments.
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