|Project by elyders||posted 02-13-2008 12:26 AM||2588 views||4 times favorited||12 comments|
My 2 boys, ages 5 & 8, love their LEGO’s, just like I did when I was a boy. The problem I had was finding a way to store all of the LEGO’s while keeping them readily accessible. Also, we have a lot of LEGO’s, so I needed something pretty large.
At first, I made a simple table (photo 1) from poplar stock that had 2 large areas on top that could be covered up with a sliding top. It worked OK for awhile but the problem my boys continually ran into was that it took so long to find a specific LEGO piece. (The grid you see is cardboard that I used as a template for the new table.)
So, I redesigned the LEGO table so that it had compartments on top that would alow for sorting of the LEGO’s and a shelf underneath that would store their creations.
I used birch plywood and iron-on banding. Most of the joints are biscuits. The grid is two 1/8” hardboards glued together so I had 2 smooth sides then pieced together with overlap joints.
My wife chose a red mahogany stain that complemented the existing decor. We work as a team… I build it, she stains / paints it.
I still need to add a drawer to one side of the shelf. This will house the large LEGO pieces that do not fit in the grid.
Once totally completed, I’ll post a photo of the finished table with the completed grid and playmat that fits on top.
Per a question from Rymann, yes I rounded over the edge banded plywood once it was fully assembled to make the corners and joints flow together, as though it was built out of one piece of wood. When stained, it caused a dark line to appear on either side of the banding, but my wife and I thought that added a nice look. You can sort of see it in the 3rd photo.