Children's Activity Table

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Project by Pezman posted 10-10-2010 08:29 AM 21391 views 14 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife requested that I make a multi-purpose children’s activity table. Her laundry list of features took a while to wrap my head around…
  • Must slide through doorways
  • Must store eight bin’s worth of toys/crayons
  • Must be magnetic
  • Must have a chalkboard
  • Must make an easel
  • Must be reusable as a table for eating
  • Must have a lip so crayons don’t fall off the edge
  • Must have a felt board.

Well, after a little thinking I came up with what is in the images. It meets all of our son’s needs. The key was a dado groove down the side that allows the “lids” to slide in and out of the table. They are double sided, one side is flush with the top of the table. If you slide the lids out and turn them over the other side is recessed and painted with a magnetic paint, and then painted over with a chalkboard paint. I also grooved in at an angle the ability for the lids to slide in and be used as easels. The deep basin in the middle still needs to be painted with a scene from Thomas and Friends, that is where the train track will go once I finish building the track.

The project is made from birch (bought at home depot) and then stained with Red Chestnut stain. I’m not one for describing things well, my wife has more details on her website here: (She uploaded the sketchup plans there too)

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#1 posted 10-10-2010 11:30 AM

Incredibly well thought out and useful table for the kids! A space for everything- and this table has a million uses! Wow!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 10-10-2010 01:08 PM

Wow that was quite a list, but it looks like you did it. I wish I were a kid again!!

-- curious woodworker

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#3 posted 10-10-2010 03:25 PM

Well planned and handsome.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#4 posted 10-10-2010 05:45 PM

That is an awesome table. I have three boys all under 4 who could use something like that. Great job!

-- Dan, SSgt/USMC, Yuma, AZ

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#5 posted 10-10-2010 07:19 PM

very cool. always wanted to make one of those. looks very useful and fun!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 10-10-2010 10:18 PM

way cool!!! good job on meeting the laundry list :) I am going to need to build one for my daughter soon as well!

-- helen

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#7 posted 10-12-2010 10:09 PM

Very cool table. Time to market and mass produce.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 10-06-2011 03:29 PM

Pezman – Hope you think imitation is the most sincere form of flattery because I built your design for my own boys. My 2 yr. old is the only one old enough to use it so far, but he loves it! Going into winter I think we’ll be glad we have it. I did a couple of small changes to personalize mine: 1.) used walnut dowel to fill screw holes where they existed (for contrasting colors of lumber) and 2.) used edge banding around all the pieces to give it a finished look.

-- It's only wood

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