Oak Train Table

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Project by bradadsit posted 10-30-2012 03:26 AM 1621 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to build a train table for my twins’ 2 year birthday. It is constructed of 3/4” red oak and 3/4” red oak veneered plywood, using pocket hole construction. HVLP sprayed with 3 coats of pre-catalyzed lacquer (a big thanks to my father-in-law for the HVLP sprayer!). Final size is 37.5”x55.5”x20” tall.

It has two 22” wide, 7” deep drawers on 20” full extension drawer slides. Fortunately I used 100 lb. capacity drawer slides, capable of supporting two 2 year olds and a few construction blocks (see last photo). At first I thought I was over-engineering it, until I watched them jump up and down on the top and I was confident it would hold strong. I’m sure they will be able to enjoy it for years to come.

-- bradadsit

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#1 posted 10-30-2012 03:29 AM

Nice of you to install a sliding a seat for them. : )

No such thing as overengineering a toy for a tot, the have the given ability to exploit the weakness in any design/project. It looks great, and like they approve.

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#2 posted 10-30-2012 11:13 AM

Well, thats nice work there.

The 2 YOs look to be having more fun in the drawer than the actualy playing with the train!

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 10-30-2012 11:15 AM

Hey I just took another look, and I am interested in the brand and model of the slides please, I could do with some of them.

I bet the manufacturer would be impressed !!

-- Regards Robert

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#4 posted 10-30-2012 12:43 PM

very well engineered indeed. Your two engineers will put a miles of smiles on those trains.

Pocket hole screw construction, I love it.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 10-30-2012 01:51 PM

My sister used to say “Give my kids a tank and a bobby pin, and you will soon have nothing but pieces.” Great
little table and drawers, they should enjoy for quite a while.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 10-30-2012 02:16 PM

Great job. Looks like they like it !

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#7 posted 10-30-2012 03:38 PM

@robscastle -

The drawer slides are Centerline brand. I get them at Rockler….. I have used them on a few projects, and they always work very well, and they are affordable compared to some of the other similar performing models out there.

-- bradadsit

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#8 posted 12-03-2012 01:31 AM

Very cool! I bet the kids love it!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#9 posted 12-03-2012 01:37 AM

What a sweet train table. I like it because it doesn’t look like kids furniture, but something that’s stylish and nicely built. I’ll have to build one of these once my little one gets a little older.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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