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My Son's "Thomas the Tank Engine" Table

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Project by Mark Shymanski posted 08-17-2008 07:34 AM 9608 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son is a big fan of the Rev. Awdry series “Thomas the Tank Engine”. He pours over the little catalogue from the store and really wanted a train table. They are in excess of $200 here so I though ‘Hey I’ve got all this really expensive hardware kicking around in my wood shop I should take a stab at making a table’. So I fired up sketchup,

measured Paul and started drawing. Once I had the drawing I figured out how much wood I’d need and then sorted through the wood pile and was all set to build a table.

I knew that I wanted to work on inexpensive wood because I was trying a bunch of new things and didn’t want to ruin expensive wood while I gathered experience. Re-purposed pine and new MDF was all that was used in this.

It took about 2 weeks from concept to finished product so I am very please with the final product. Paul thinks it is “Really cool, Dad”.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2





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#1 posted 08-17-2008 09:55 AM

a great job

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#2 posted 08-17-2008 01:36 PM

Nothing better than being a ‘Really cool Dad’.

-- Berta in NC

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 08-17-2008 01:46 PM

Very nice,

when they say “cool”, they really mean “COOL.”

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#4 posted 08-17-2008 02:07 PM

Great project. He will have a blast playing on that table. Thanks for sharing Mark.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 08-17-2008 02:30 PM

I want to build one for my son, but my wife isn’t keen on the idea of a big table in the middle of the room. I keep trying, though. ;)

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 08-17-2008 02:44 PM

Thanks for the comments, you are right trifern he spends a lot of time on it. Greg, that is why Jenn wanted casters on it so she could roll it out of the way when we are cleaning or if we need the space. It actually rolls nicely under the stairs and out (mostly) of the way.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 08-17-2008 05:53 PM

projects for the kids are some of my most enjoyable.
niice work on the table.

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Callum Kendall

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#8 posted 08-17-2008 11:10 PM

That is awsome!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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#9 posted 08-18-2008 05:44 AM

Great stuff, thanks for sharing your pictures and story!

-- "Skol, Vikings"

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#10 posted 03-08-2009 07:16 AM

I bet he’s the envy of all his friends. Nice job.

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#11 posted 02-15-2010 01:30 AM

Hey thats a cool project. Nice to have a nifty and talented dad….......or is it having a son so dad can play with his toys!!!!!!

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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Mark Shymanski

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#12 posted 02-15-2010 08:02 PM

I am looking forward to him being old enough for remote control cars LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#13 posted 07-24-2010 09:26 AM

I should do this also for my kids.Thay have race tracks and rails

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Mark Shymanski

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#14 posted 07-25-2010 04:41 AM

It was a lot of fun to build, and Paul still enjoys it. Now I make him the occasional piece of track, but he really wants a roundhouse!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#15 posted 12-18-2010 05:27 PM

Very cool table Mark! It looks great!

-- Dale, Oregon

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