This isn't your childs lego table #1: Just brainstorming

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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 08-06-2010 02:58 AM 1570 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So my other <expletive></expletive> expensive hobby is legos. Last year I was bequeathed with the Emerald Night – a lego replica of a steam train (reminds me of the one in Polar Express). It got me thinking about all the fun times I had as a kid helping my dad set up his small HO scale set on a platform he built to fit under our christmas tree. I have an idea in my head about a design I’d like to throw out and see if it’s even possible – I doubt however I’ll be able to fit a fake tree in my plan as it might put the tree way too high off the floor. I was hoping there might be some other lego lovers out there with some ideas that we can bat around, as when the holiday is over, I’d still like to have this table be something I can use to keep my legos set up on – kind of like a coffee table display. It may need to be a bit taller than a childs table but not too much – and probably about the size of a sheet of plywood. Any comments or suggestions welcome, and I’ll try to get my idea put up ASAP…too bad I don’t know enough to get it done in sketchup…now would be as good a time as any to start :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 08-06-2010 03:19 AM

Here’s a playtable / chest I built, but it is only 4×2 not 4×8. Scaled up to 4×8 it would be huge but possible.

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#2 posted 08-06-2010 02:04 PM

Thanks Swirt! I’m still on the fence about the measurements – I think it’s really going to depend if I try to incorporate the christmas tree. Still on the fence about that one. Our tree isn’t huge, but the lego village -once completed in about 10 years – will be fairly large. The buildings I believe are about a foot tall. I’ll have to go grab those measurements to help out. Trees don’t normally have much of a trunk showing unless it’s Charlie Brown’s :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#3 posted 08-06-2010 03:38 PM

Maybe a smaller tree, on some kind of box to lift the stand up, so it would clear your buildings? Just a thought.

-- Robb

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#4 posted 08-08-2010 06:36 PM

thanks for the ideas, guys :) I know the rug that’s in that space is currently 4×6 – and I keep thinking that would be a good size for the table – not too big for the space, but big enough. My partner in crime and I will have to chat about a smaller tree since there is a Hallmark Ornament collecting going on, and I don’t think I want to be the one to broach that. I might see if we can do a smaller tree upstairs and a larger tree somewhere else. Our dogs seem to be magnets for the christmas trees tho and are able to knock them over without being anywhere close. Don’t ask – haven’t figured that one out. The box is a good idea, Robb – I was thinking of a raised oval to park the train above the table if I needed to work on the village below, just not sure how to support it unless it’s built up like a box and not(...for the lack of a better word) tresselled. I’ve about got the basics down in Sketchup so here’s hoping I can get a drawing up before the weekend ends!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#5 posted 09-03-2010 03:59 PM

I’ve been giving some more thought about this table and thought about trying to adapt the idea of adjustable saw horses into the legs of the table. If I can find it again, I think one of the gentleman here just made a workshop table that incorporated the idea as well very beautifully. Second set of finals are next week and I’m starting a new class on Tuesday so my weekend will be spent mostly on homework. I really was going to try to work this out in Sketchup though. Something about best laid plans?

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#6 posted 09-07-2010 07:16 PM

I know this is kind of after the fact by now, nut as I read this an idea popped into my head…

Use a sheet of half inch plexiglass as the top and, since you’re into Lego, make the legs so they look like large Lego blocks stacked together. About a 4 by 8 or 6 by 12 block size, with disks glued on the top to simulate the lugs. Make the legs whatever height you need, and cut a small V groove to simulate the joints. Use ply or MDF and paint in Lego colors. Drill holes through the top to fit the “lugs” to hold everything in place.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#7 posted 09-07-2010 07:28 PM

thats a cool idea BitTiny! I would implement some sort of under the top storage though for all the blocks and parts.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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