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Lego Table v. 1

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Project by NTSchafer posted 12-21-2016 08:35 PM 571 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lego Table v.1

The goal for this lego table was to provide a building surface that also had storage areas in as small a footprint as possible. For this reason the legs are secured to the inside of the cabinet.

Pretty straight forward cabinet with 2×4 legs set into each corner. Base of the cabinet was notched on each of the corners to accommodate the legs. Interior allows for a rubbermaid tub for block storage to be included.

Lid is a solid panel which can be lifted on and off by a rope loop secured to one of the corners. Lid is reversible so that a smooth surface can be used or the building plate side. Building plate secured with contractors bonding compound.

Not pictured here are the felt pads secured to the bottom of each leg to protect the floor.

WHAT I LEARNED for v.2:
1.) the lid is too heavy for little kids to raise and lower. Also no blocks can be left on the lid when it is opened or they just fall off. Next time I’ll install hinges that allow the lid to go up and away OR simply have a fixed upper surface and make a drawer pull out for storage.

2.) securing the building plates to the surface is a pain. Bonding compound only works to a degree. Next time will try very small wood screws.

3.) Biggest complaint from the recipients of this piece… it needs to be bigger!

Overall a very fun project.

-- Nick, USA





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markg11cdn

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#1 posted 12-21-2016 08:54 PM

Nice job. I built some shadow boxes with a Lego baseplate as the backdrop. I used a hot glue gun to secure the baseplates and that worked well to hold them in place.

cheers – mark

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drbyte

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#2 posted 12-21-2016 09:20 PM

GE Silicon would hold the base-plates better than construction adhesive. That’s a great project for the kids, been thinking of doing one similar for the grand-kids. A pullout drawer/tray would be better for the storage I think.

-- Dennis, WV

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 12-21-2016 11:54 PM

That is cool. Well thought out!!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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SuperCubber

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#4 posted 12-22-2016 02:00 AM

Great project! I just glued some plates to a table for my kids last night. I used contact cement and it worked extremely well. I attached all the base plates together with LEGO bricks and clamped a guide to the edge. Eased it into place and they are all spaced perfectly. Keep that in mind for V. 2.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 12-22-2016 03:56 AM

Silicone will work and hold for quite some time.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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