|Project by Aggie69||posted 12-18-2012 03:44 AM||12321 views||33 times favorited||6 comments|
I wanted to build a Lego table for my three grandkids, but didn’t find anything on the internet that was quite what I wanted. So I designed a table that used a 3/4” X 24” X 48” piece of glued up pine from the lumber yard as the inner table insert. 3/4” plywood or MDF would have worked just as well. The table top is reversible so you can put Lego mats on one side and leave the other side plain for use with other kids projects.
I made the legs out of 2” PVC pipe with 2” PVC couplers on the bottom of the legs. There was a method to my madness for doing this. The overall height of the table is 20”, just perfect for young kids. As they get older, or if an adult wanted to use the table, it needs to be taller. Rather than making new legs, by simply cutting pieces of 2” PVC pipe that can be slipped into the bottom of the couplers, the table becomes taller very easily! The legs are fastened to the table by using 1/4” x 20 decorative bolts through the table sides, through the PVC legs and into 1/4” X 20 TEE nuts inside the PVC pipes.
I wanted some inexpensive storage for Legos, so I purchased 3 rectangular white plastic baskets at Walmart. Using 2” X 4”’s ripped to a narrower width and dadoed for the basket lips, I had simple drawer slides.
Keeping in a kids theme, I painted each of the legs a different bright color – blue, red, yellow, and green. I used double sided adhesive tape to attach 8 lego base plates to one side of the table. I located the plates for $6 each plus shipping on Amazon.com, but found them for $5 each at my local Toys R Us.