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John Harris

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#1 posted 02-11-2010 03:22 AM

Hi, Beth. Welcome to the wonderful world of lego’s! I have been involved with robotics for a few years at the middle school where I teach. Last year we made our dream table. Our goal was to have something that middle school kids could not destroy, could be used heavily on a daily basis before competitions, light enough to actually take to the competitions, and could break down easily for classroom storage and transportation.

We used plastic corrugated material for the “table top”, the same material that is used for cheap signs that you see along the side of the road for politicians or contractors. The brand name is Coroplast and can be found here.

For the sides and the support below the Coroplast, we used fiberglass square tubes. Lightweight and can be easily connected, you can find them here.

We used cheap Home Depot plastic saw horses that easily fold up for the legs and made sure the fiberglass tubes were notched to fit.

We then added a u-shaped bracket over the whole table that allowed us to hang a florescent light on. With all the time that you and the kids spend on the table, good lighting is important.

Our table turned out great. Very simillar design to what you have pictured above, just light weight and can be broken down. Wherever the team has taken it, we are asked to make more tables for other teams. We have even thought about selling them as a fundraiser.

I hope this helps!

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