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10-15-2018 08:25 PM

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I’ve been tasked with creating a train table for my grandson. I’ve sketched out a number of ideas and this is where I could use some help. The parents would like a top to cover it so they can use it as a coffee table when friends come over. Easy enough. But here’s where I want to get a little creative.

Where could I store the wood cover?

I’ve thought about making cutouts in the legs so the cover can also be used as a shelf. I’ve also considered a two-part cover and sliding the two parts, somehow, under the top of the table.

I figure if I’m going to make this, I should throw some creative engineering at it…and some creative woodworkers. :)

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#1 posted 10-15-2018 08:55 PM

You could split the top and hinge it so it can flop down along the sides.

Seems like a rather small train table. Z scale or the wooden trains might be all that fits on a coffee table.

I built an HO layout for my son many years ago. It was roughly a dog bone layout. 4×4 ends with a 3×8 center connector.

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#2 posted 10-15-2018 10:37 PM

The idea of the lid being stored under the train table top is my first thought. Though my second thought was that a small child (your grandson) may try to open it (and hopefully eventually also close it too when cleaning up after himself…), so whatever you design that child needs to be safe. No pinched fingers, no smashed toes.

So you may want to separate the top into more than 2 pieces do they are more manageable for a youngin.

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#3 posted 10-16-2018 12:11 AM

Build the table at least 15” high… imagine a picture frame with a center that rotates on its axis…. one face finished…. the other a train layout, of course everything has to be secured very well…. but a simple layout should have few challenges in that respect. Minimum interior table width should be 22” in n-scale… you can do less… but this would look better and give him room to play with other aspects of the layout.

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#4 posted 10-16-2018 12:12 AM

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#5 posted 10-16-2018 12:13 AM

Assuming wood Brio style trains, yes?

Take a look at this concept:

Essentially the table top is a grid of smaller interlocking squared with track sections embedded. They can be flipped over for an even surface. This is a cool idea and the smaller pieces can be safely handled by a child.

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#6 posted 10-16-2018 12:43 AM

- Artie623

Earth to Artie….. Nice pic, but how does this relate to train tables? Just curious. I must be missing some inside joke, but after a thousand posts I fail to see it.

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#7 posted 10-16-2018 02:48 AM

There was something about updating my profile picture… it landed here ??.,., oh well, that’s a real nice piece of wood at least! My apologies. Duh.

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