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Project by elyders posted 02-13-2008 12:26 AM 2215 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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#1 posted 02-13-2008 01:01 AM

That’s a pretty interesting concept. I like it. Nice design.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-13-2008 01:23 AM

When my bro and I were young(er) Dad made us a box for our Legos. Much like your insert. Mom wanted for us to be able to “store” them under the couch when not in use. I believe they still have the box (in storage) with legos some 20+ years later.

Your project just brought back a flood of good memories. tks elyders

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#3 posted 02-13-2008 01:56 AM

cool idea … lucky boys to have such a nice DAD

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#4 posted 02-13-2008 01:58 AM

What an awesome idea! I usually stored my creation on my grandma’s TV with the remaining pieces stuffed away in the closet. This design definitely provides easy access. The storage “garage” is a great touch. Did you roundover the edges? I was wondering how nice a 1/8” roundover would look/work on edgebanded plywood.

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#5 posted 02-13-2008 02:38 AM

Oh man, I wish I had one of those when I was a kid!!! I was Such a huge Lego fan. Very cool.

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#6 posted 02-13-2008 03:04 AM

One of the saddest days in my life was the day I gave up my Legos. A table like that is a great idea. My son loves his Lego sets as well, so I might have to put one of those together myself!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#7 posted 02-13-2008 04:00 AM

My brother modified and old train track table into a lego table. he even glued the big green yard pieces to the table for more fun, my nephews love it! but this is much classier :D

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#8 posted 02-13-2008 04:20 AM

A fantastic idea!

My boys have outgrown theirs, but I do have a few younger nephews…

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#9 posted 02-13-2008 02:42 PM

Again, what a fantastic idea. My kids keep theirs (and they have a ton of them) in a big Rubbermaid box, and my upstairs looks like a robotic war zone half the time…LOL This table is a really great idea. Thanks so much for sharing…might have to do one of these myself. Please show us any changes…i.e. drawers when you do them. Thanks.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#10 posted 02-13-2008 02:46 PM

Good dad.

-- Jiri

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#11 posted 02-13-2008 04:06 PM

While trying to assemble this table, I really understood why woodworkers say “You can never have enough clamps.”

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#12 posted 02-13-2008 05:20 PM

great idea and exicution of it as well, cool.

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