Kids art table

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Project by dpritts posted 150 days ago 875 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 2 year old needed more space for “art” projects than his little Ikea table would allow. It needed to be big, cheap, fast, and also have storage. I built this out of 1 sheet of birch ply (3/4). One side has shelves to hold 9 shoebox size rubbermaid containers. The other side holds and 18” by 900’ (yes feet!) roll of butcher paper that he can draw on, or use to catch his mess. I mounted the paper on a 1”dowel that can be replaced (not for awhile) easily from under the table. The materials only cost $30 and took about 2 hours to build with dados and glue. Painted the bottom with white door paint, and finished the top with 4 coats of poly, and some stain. The butcher paper came off Amazon for around $20, and should last quite a long time. Not fine woodworking, but thought it might give some of you an idea for a quick project to fill a need.

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#1 posted 150 days ago

Lucky him

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#2 posted 150 days ago

What a great idea!

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#3 posted 150 days ago

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


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#4 posted 149 days ago

Fantastic! The built in paper roll is icing on the cake.

All I can say is you better not have any play-dates at your house for a while, or else you’ll have to build 5 more just like it! Really nice work.

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#5 posted 148 days ago

Really nice design and build. Well done.

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#6 posted 148 days ago

I had been searching, for the past couple months, for a Table/Storage for my Great-Grandson to accommodate his collection of Legos and this is the perfect solution.

Very nicely appointed and a great Fit and Finish.

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#7 posted 147 days ago

Can you give some rough dimensions or post a cutting schedule for the plywood sheet?

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#8 posted 147 days ago

Green Hornut – the base for the shelves is 20”h 15 1/2”d 25 1/4”w. the end for the paper is 25 1/4”w 20”h 10”d. the top is 27 3/4” x 48”
those sizes were built to be able to hold three rubbermaids on each shelf, and cover the diameter of the paper roll on the other end. If you were going to build one, get your tubs, and your paper, and design around that. I didn’t draw up a cutting list, and just tried to minimize waste as i went, and ended up being able to get it all out of one sheet. Hope this helps. let me know if you need clarification

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#9 posted 147 days ago

Very cool. Should serve him well for a very long time. Nice design.

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#10 posted 144 days ago

Pretty and well made table! Great wood colors, functional design, has lots of storage and the kids will have lots of fun learning and crafting. Great job!

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