Children's water table

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Project by mjdinsmore posted 2134 days ago 4832 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I spent a little time putting some scrap pieces of lumber together, and was able to make a decent table with two routed holes in the top which washbasins can drop in. I painted the base a bright brick red and put a few coats of polyurethane the top. All-in-all it wasn’t too much work and it just used scrap lumber.

I purchased a couple plastic basins to drop in (that were very inexpensive too). Not bad, when you compare it to some commercial products. The idea came from a Montessori child’s catalog I got in the mail. When you compare the $10 that was spent on this versus the $350 you could spend elsewhere the finished product looks even a little nicer!

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#1 posted 2134 days ago

Now that is a good use of scraps. I will have to agree that the retail price can make things look a little better.

Also Welcome to LumberJocks.


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#2 posted 2134 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks. It was fun to make, recycled some scrap bits was cheaper than retail and no doubt is far better built…sounds like a win win situation all around…unless you are an overpriced water table store :-)

-- "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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#3 posted 2134 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s.
Cool little table! My kids would love it! Great job with the off cuts. My kids have owned many plastic toys that break in no time and are forgotten even quicker. It’s things like these that will last a childhood, and better yet, remembered when they are adults. Good job.

-- Brian S. --- "If you’ve worked on the building of a boat, it belongs to you the rest of your life." -Bob Prothero

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#4 posted 2134 days ago

That is great.
Save, save….as much as you can. This planet afterall, was created for us to live in and save.

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#5 posted 2134 days ago

fantastic job!
I bet the daycares near you would love to see this and purchase some from you!

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#6 posted 2134 days ago

Great idea…. very well done!

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#7 posted 2133 days ago

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#8 posted 2133 days ago

Priceless to the younguns, they can have so much fun with something like that in the summer and fall.

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#9 posted 2132 days ago

What joint did you use for the bottom crossbar ?

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