Toddler Table from recycled material

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Project by AngieO posted 09-23-2013 04:23 AM 1725 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been playing out in the shop today. Got a lot accomplished in a short amount of time. Thought I’d share this table. As you may be able to tell from the pics.. it’s about half the height of my workbench… and from the title… it’s a toddler table. I had a lot of fun making this little table. And… a bit of frustration too. LOL

All materials are recycled. And most are free. The legs are from the 2×3’s I picked up at the barge place that is constantly throwing out GREAT lumber. Mostly 2×3’s and 2×4’s. I spread the joy this last week and sent a really great load to a friend that also does some woodworking. Next load… first come first serve… LOL
I just barely planed off a bit off the rough dirty sides. I think maybe 1/16” on both sides… Then I just squared them up on the table saw and sanded them.

I used my Kreg Jig to join them.

The aprons are made from some more free lumber that I picked up. Funny… this place is a sign company so they have some very LARGE and odd shaped pallets for them. And they are located on the opposite corner of the barge place. One trip and I get loaded up. I think they were 1×4’s and I cut them down to 1×3’s and again planed off maybe 1/16” off each side.

I also put pocket holes in the aprons to attach the top. I put three in the short ends and four in the other two. Except… somehow I missed two. And I’m just not sure how. I didn’t even notice it till I was painting the underside. LOL Silly girl!

The top was a ReStore find. I paid $10 for a stack of 1×12 shelves. They are made of plywood and they were all painted white. This is the 3rd project I’ve made with them and I still have lots more. Paid $10 for the lot plus a huge mess of shelf brackets. If you look in the background you can see some white boards laying against the wall in my pile of wood. Those are what’s left. I think there are 3-4 more. Again… 12” boards… maybe 8’ long.

Here is where the frustration came in. I used my Kreg clamp to make sure my boards were flat and screwed in the first two ph screws on the ends. Then I did the middle two. Somehow I managed to get a “dip” from the bottom. So on the top I had to sand… and sand… and then I thought… I have a little tiny plane so I used it (can’t remember what it’s called. It’s late lol). So I wasn’t really happy with that part. I even unscrewed it and added new phs and tried again. Same result. But i got it to work. So you can see in the center where I sanded.

Since the shelves were already white I knew that I was going to paint it. I finished the top off with some primer and then decided to try something. I took the table out to my “sophisticated paint booth” (aka… the pallet behind the shop). I had picked up a can of minwax in a spray can last summer at Michaels on clearance. Stuff was super cheap. So I thought I’d try it out. If I didnt’ like it… who cares… I could paint over it. But I kinda liked how it turned out.

I let that dry and got to painting. I had this can of “red” that I got from the ReStore (gotta love that place). Got it for .50 and it was about half a gallon. Once I got it painted… it looked a bit more like pink. And in the pics it looks even more pink. But it’s not as pink in person as the pics. I like it either way. This table is actually going to be a display table for a booth so I’m pretty happy with it.

It REALLY looks pink in this pic!

And… if you are wondering why there is no sawdust on my floor… here is why….

One was taken Friday and one was taken on Saturday. On Friday he insisted on using ear plugs. He does not like the loud noise. And on Saturday he wore the full gear. He was getting serious that day. And he had a mask on too… he just took it off. He had plenty of sawdust on him. At one time there was more on him than the floor… so he had to clean himself off. LOL He giggled and laughed. LOVED playing with the shop vac.
And if you are wondering about the black all over his face… I make my kids work before they get to bathe… JUST KIDDING!!! Went to a bday part earlier and he had his face painted… this is what’s left of his bat mask. LOL

Thanks for checking out my project. I really enjoyed it. I’m going to make another one soon. This thing was super easy to make. Really quick. Next time I will do a decorative edge around it. And probably not paint it… LOL

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#1 posted 09-23-2013 04:50 AM

Great looking table Angie! And a great shop assistant too! When you say “a little tiny plane” are you referring to the wooden bodied plane in the pic above? lol Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 09-23-2013 04:56 AM

Lol! I didn’t even notice that. That’s funny. But no… I tried that thing… but I couldn’t get it adjusted. It came in a box of stuff from an auction or something. I think I used it once. But It was useless.

I did remember though. It’s a little trim plane that I got at Lowes on clearance. I wondered if it would come in handy. It has a couple of times now. :)

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#3 posted 09-23-2013 04:58 AM

Oh… and forgot to ask… I’m looking for any suggestions you guys might have on keeping the boards flat when joining boards like this. The ends were super easy with the Kreg clamp. But the center… not so much. So suggestions would be great.

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#4 posted 09-23-2013 07:52 AM

Great job on the table. When your joining 2 boards like on your table, and def not even in the middle, on the underside you can use another board underneath that covers about half of each of the top boards. With that said you can put screws in the bottom board to draw the top boards down flat and even. Just make sure not to use long screws, so they dont come thru the table top.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 09-23-2013 12:09 PM

I like the table a lot. It could become one of your signature pieces!! One thing that would help your top to be more level would be a biscuit joiner. These are very easy to use and are quite inexpensive under $100 for a decent one. You could also use the same design that you use on this table to change it up by tapering the legs. You could also add a slight radius to the stretchers from leg to leg to create a different look. Another alternative would be to add a drawer as well to make it a game table!! This is a really cool design and like I say I think you can go places with this one. Great job!!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#6 posted 09-23-2013 12:24 PM

I’m not really sure what happened with the table top. The boards were perfectly flat and level when I had them laid out on the bench. Any other time I’ve joined boards together like this using PH’s I didn’t have this issue. .

James hasn’t seen this table yet. LOL. Or else he’d try to take it over, even though it is kinda pink looking. But I have plans to make him his own. It will be square and it’s going to be a lego table. I’m going to add drawers on multiple sides for lego storage and also make a place to inlay the lego building plates. I’ve already got his chair made.

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#7 posted 09-23-2013 06:03 PM

Nice table Angie!!
Just an idea to go along with hoss12992. I use a piece of waxed paper when clamping wood together. Whether it be on a flat surface or when using other wood to help keep my boards flat to keep them from being stuck together.

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#8 posted 09-23-2013 06:07 PM

Nice table Angie!!
Just an idea to go along with hoss12992. I use a piece of waxed paper when clamping wood together. Whether it be on a flat surface or when using other wood to help keep my boards flat to keep them from being stuck together. It just keeps the wood you want clamped together from bonding so tight to the clamping surface or the” straightening” boards.

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#9 posted 09-23-2013 06:49 PM

Your little table turned out great. I like the pocket hole system a lot and use it quite often. Cool pink top.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 09-23-2013 07:01 PM

Great little table Angie…pocket hole jigs are great for quick project building….would not be with out mine.
Always great to have little helpers in the shed, my daughter always liked hammering nails into scrap wood. My granddaughter is a little too young to help in the shed, she is only 14months…maybe I could start her off early with just the dustpan and brush…LOL

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#11 posted 09-23-2013 07:03 PM

Nice table ,Angie. Looks to be real strong, too! Love the pocket screws!!

Angie, they make a set of clamps that push from the ends and have a board on top and bottom that puts face pressure on a layup of boards. The boards have notches in them for adjusting to different widths, I have always been going to make some because they really work good for layups. When I find what they are called, I’ll PM it to you. If you do a lot of the layup of narrower board, they are great to have.

............Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 09-23-2013 10:40 PM

Out in the shop today making another one. Busy day. Hope to get a lot accomplished.

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#13 posted 09-24-2013 04:39 AM

Always enjoyable to see what you are creating in your shop. And your writing style is wonderful – very heart felt.

-- Harold

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#14 posted 09-24-2013 11:56 PM

Very awesome, Angie. Ya gotta luv that pocket hole joinery. Very nice build, and gr8 recycle project. I think kids need their own table. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 09-25-2013 12:04 AM

Nice job. Great to see your son enjoying the shop!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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