Train table for Christmas

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Project by Chelios posted 01-10-2011 04:12 AM 2204 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My kids are big fans of Thomas and Friends so naturally they got several tracks and trains for Christmas from Grandma. They had them all over the floor so I made them this table. It has got maple legs and aprons and a birch plywood top with a purpleheart inlay. I used the pour on counter top finish for it and it turned out really nice and shiny.

I must have put the tracks together 3-4 times in different configurations but the kids kept taking them apart. They would cry about their tracks being “broke” as they are toddlers. So I designed a nice layout and glued the tracks with titebond III and there you go. They can spend 3-4 hours playing with those trains and making up adventures. It is really cool to see and dad gets a break to post this on LJs.

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#1 posted 01-10-2011 04:48 AM

way to go dad!!!

-- Theresa,

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#2 posted 01-10-2011 05:41 AM

thanks guys,

GW I should have checked yours out. looks great! Never thought about the insert. Oh well they don’t seem to mind.

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#3 posted 01-10-2011 03:15 PM

Great idea, nice job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 01-10-2011 06:31 PM

Happy kids, quiet life (most of the time). That is a nice table. I know they will enjoy that train table for many years.

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#5 posted 01-10-2011 07:52 PM

well done Dad :-)

take care

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#6 posted 01-11-2011 03:03 AM

Thanks again guys, now I hope they can stay busy while I watch the Oregon-Auburn final!


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#7 posted 01-11-2011 06:45 PM

The inlay idea is great and everything has a really beautiful shine. I’m working on a plan for a table for my 2-yr-old, so I may borrow the inlay idea.

I thought about gluing down the track too, but I’m afraid he’ll get over trains in two months, and then I’ll be stuck with a train table he doesn’t want to use. I guess more of a multipurpose play table than a dedicated train table.


-- Adam, Chapel Hill, NC,

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#8 posted 01-13-2011 06:16 AM

Hi Adam

I guess I explained myself wrong….I only glued the train track sections together, but not to the table.

The inlay idea was born out of a mistake I made. I cut the top out of square so rather than messing up another sheet of plywood I routed a dado and slid in the purple heart. It covered my mistake and it made the table look a little more interesting.

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