|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 12-27-2013 01:04 PM||1394 views||6 times favorited||9 comments|
I made this table on request for a Christmas present. My nephew’s son is 3 and just getting into the wooden Thomas trains. His parents wanted something to keep the trains off the floor, yet small enough to be taken up stairs. I took measurements off a play table at our church and scaled the length and width down. The play area is 24×40 inches and the table top is 14 inches high with a raised edge 2 inches above it to keep things contained. All top edges have been rounded over. Bottom edges were chamfered.
I built this using 4×6 pine lumber and a quarter sheet of luan plywood. I painted the table green with two bodies of water connected by a stream to break things up. The body of the table is painted almond. All paint is oil based gloss for easy removal of dirty fingerprints.
The whole thing is held together with glue—no nails whatsoever. The swivel castors, however are held on by screws.
The track pictured is not included as the gift. I borrowed it from my daughter’s supply to show that even a limited space such as this can have an interesting network of track.
Note: I’m mentally conceiving a jig that will allow me to easily make curved track similar to the clickety-clack track that the Thomas trains use. Stay tuned. I videoed the build of this project, but the editing won’t be done for some time. I’ve got a lot of stuff in the queue.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!