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Any Advice on a DIY Lego Table?

monstblitzmonstblitz Alexandria, VAMember Posts: 591
Hi Everyone,
I thought there might already be a topic on this but I didn't see anything.  If there is, I apologize.  I bought a small Lego play table for the kids about a year ago but we are quickly outgrowing it. 

http://scene7.samsclub.com/is/image/samsclub/0067341906001_A?$img_size_380x380$

I'd love to do a DIY project and build a bigger one for all of us.  I'm not super handy, but if the instructions are simple enough I think I could pull it off.  Have any of you embarked on a project like this and have any advice for me?  I'd love something like this:

http://craftwhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/diylegotable2.jpg

but I can't seem to find any plans for it.  I'd like to make something big that we could grow into, but low enough to the ground where kids can get to it. 




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  • bobabricksbobabricks Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 1,839
    Be careful if making a table that has baseplates attached to it. Lego's baseplates need to be a little bit separate because of how the studs line up. It's a small gap but it will make it so that you won't be able to build on them. I suggest attaching the baseplates together with bricks before attaching gluing them to the table, if that is what you are planning of course.
    monstblitzkiki180703snowhitieSumoLego
  • JenniJenni JapanMember Posts: 1,382
    That table looks like IKEA Trofast cabinets with a custom top. It will only work as a family table if the adults like kneeling. I would suggest a table with removable legs so it can grow with you and with at least one open side so that the adults can sit instead of kneeling. 

    We just use club tables and, more often, the floor but my daughter's 11 now.
    monstblitz
  • monstblitzmonstblitz Alexandria, VAMember Posts: 591
    Be careful if making a table that has baseplates attached to it. Lego's baseplates need to be a little bit separate because of how the studs line up. It's a small gap but it will make it so that you won't be able to build on them. I suggest attaching the baseplates together with bricks before attaching gluing them to the table, if that is what you are planning of course.
    That's a good question, I think I'd probably eventually cover it in baseplates, but maybe not right away.  
  • tecjamtecjam Germany / SwitzerlandMember Posts: 255
    Jenni said:
    That table looks like IKEA Trofast cabinets with a custom top.
    Yes it does. The way the following video puts it together is pretty staight forward though - and he also thinks of the spacing between baseplates.

    If you shape & size the tabletop accordingly and put on top of something higher, maybe 2 2x4 Ikea Kallax (formerly Expedit) on its side or 4 2x2 Kallax you could make a pretty decent size table at the right height.













    monstblitzkiki180703
  • MattsWhatMattsWhat Studley, UKMember Posts: 1,643
    ^if it doesn't have baseplates on the top surely it is just a regular table (or storage table) and not a lego table.  And there is plenty of regular tables available such that you wouldn't need to make one. I'm confused. 
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,096
    It may be of no interest, but we got the following for my daughters a couple of years ago and, although they have outgrown the trainset that it comes with, they now use the table for their LEGO.
    There's plenty of room underneath for storage containers, a double-sided play surface (one city and the other city / landscape) and an integrated drawer as well:

    http://www.elc.co.uk/Big-City-Wooden-Rail-Train-Table/136727,default,pd.html

  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 1,461
    I'd check out any Goodwill stores in your area to see what they have for "train tables". Here in CT I see them at the local Goodwill stores nearly every week, usually priced around $10 for the ones that retail for over $100 - cheaper than buying materials to build one. The reversible tabletop for the one I got is simply white one one side and green on the other, others have roads, train tracks, etc. printed on them. I considered attaching some baseplates, but decided against it for flexibility, and because one big plate costs more than I paid for the whole table.

    Some of these tables have built-in drawers, but I prefer a few modular storage drawers (I like the ones from Sterilite) tucked up underneath provide storage. Not nearly as fancy, or as big, as the DIY you referenced, but a lot easier to pack it up and move from the living room when required.
  • monstblitzmonstblitz Alexandria, VAMember Posts: 591
    tecjam said:
    Jenni said:
    That table looks like IKEA Trofast cabinets with a custom top.
    Yes it does. The way the following video puts it together is pretty staight forward though - and he also thinks of the spacing between baseplates.

    If you shape & size the tabletop accordingly and put on top of something higher, maybe 2 2x4 Ikea Kallax (formerly Expedit) on its side or 4 2x2 Kallax you could make a pretty decent size table at the right height.













    This looks like exactly what I want.  But it grossly underestimates the cost of Lego Brand base plates.  Maybe he used generic?  And I know I'd screw up bad cutting and gluing them and end up being out 100s of dollars worth of base plates.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,806
    I wouldn't glue them down. I made my kids a small table like that and regretted it (the glue, not making it). Strong but removable double sided tape would have been much better. Mind you, I wouldn't cut them either. I'd go for a single colour baseplate and use plates on top for decoration. Otherwise you tire of the same pattern on the table.
    monstblitzSumoLego
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,806
    They also seem to have a storage area in the middle. But surely the only way of getting in there is to crawl through the shelving. Or can the top be removed?
    kiki180703
  • chuxtoyboxchuxtoybox Member Posts: 711
    If the surface of the table was measured to fit X amount of base plates and had rails  around the whole edge, their shouldn't be any need to cut or glue them down at all and you'd be able to easily reconfigure them if you wanted to.
    monstblitzkiki180703SumoLego
  • MattsWhatMattsWhat Studley, UKMember Posts: 1,643
    edited April 2016
    it's nice when people actually revisit there thread with what they did, I think this looks nice!  Too large for my current house but part of the dream!
    As you have no edges you might want to attach baseplates and I have been putting up pictures today with those velcro hanging things and thought, hey that might work!  They aren't cheap, but you could just use generic velcro stickers.  Getting some of them and putting down a pattern would mean you could swap in and out baseplates as you pleased - apparently the fancy ones are easy to remove at the end too.  Might have to work on supporting the small gap between tabletop and baseplate they create though...
    monstblitzmustang69snowhitieSirBen
  • monstblitzmonstblitz Alexandria, VAMember Posts: 591
    edited April 2016
    Yes, it's definitely a work in progress.  The 2 table tops on there now slide around too much so I'll need to get one solid square surface and maybe put an edge around it.  My daughter just sent her Friends Jeep across it on a death ride off the other side!  But the Trofast cabinets make the perfect foundation.  They were very easy to assemble except for the 4th which had one piece that didn't have the holes drilled properly.  I was furious as at that point it's either half ass drill the holes myself or go through a ton of grief to repackage and return it.  I went with the half ass drilling option.  It held up fine. 

    Yesterday was a good first step, and the rest is just fine tuning.  The payoff is seeing how much fun the kids are having with it.  And I'll have plenty of fun with it too. 

    Edit: I'd love to see pictures of your velcro project if you do it or any other pictures of DIY projects to give me some more ideas on this. 
  • ryjayryjay Member Posts: 997
    @monstblitz ...Does Ikea sell the totes, too or did you have to search for the proper width?

    Nice job on the table
    monstblitz
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 11,927
    That is a gigantic surface!  Unfortunately, my alligator arms wouldn't do so well.

    Looks like you are in the need of some road plates.  (And a Grand Emporium?)

    Excellent work!
    monstblitz
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,349
    ......This looks like exactly what I want.  But it grossly underestimates the cost of Lego Brand base plates.  Maybe he used generic?  And I know I'd screw up bad cutting and gluing them and end up being out 100s of dollars worth of base plates.
    I would say this. There are always old base plates that folks sell that are 'damaged, maybe a broken stud here or there, or writing on it, or maybe stress or tire (ie plastic melt) marks, etc. ie not 'perfect'. My friends asked if I had any such basic base plates because they wanted to cut them up to use on shelves for their daughters CMF display. Since I had a bunch of such plates at the time I handed them over. I knew that it is a bit of  'sacrilege' for such things, but my point is look for 'damaged' plates from those who sell on eBay or other places, they should be a bit cheaper and then you do not have to worry about damaging pristine plates (I'm guessing that is why people even buy damaged plates). Also to reduce cutting any plates Id say try to make or find a table in the dimensions of x LEGO base plates so you do not have any cutting or overlapping. Also to ensure no platers falling off the end of the tables, maybe for kind of trim or use of plastic hooks are something can be used on the edges to stop sliding of the plates instead of trying to stick the plates themselves down?
    monstblitz
  • monstblitzmonstblitz Alexandria, VAMember Posts: 591
    ryjay said:
    @monstblitz ...Does Ikea sell the totes, too or did you have to search for the proper width?

    Nice job on the table
    Ikea sells them.  Biggest are $4, medium are $3 and the little ones were $1.50 I think.  Total cost for the 4 cabinets ($39.99 each) 2 table tops ($29.99 each) and the 12 containers was about $270.  I don't recommend the table tops though, it's just a temporary measure.  Eventually I'll get a solid 1 piece surface to put over the cabinets.  I also could have got by with much less of the containers but didn't want to have to go back to Ikea anytime soon.

    @SumoLego , No need for a grand Emporium, a nice guy in Western New York hooked me up!  Lol.  But yes on the road plates.  I've got my eyes open.  It's a tough reach for me too, just requires a little moving around.  But my play area is strictly what I can reach from that couch!
    SumoLego
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 17,806
    Concerning the top, if you have one large or two half tables, then you can stop them sliding by making them slightly smaller than required, with a wooden border round the edge which is fixed. The top or tops can then be dropped in. The advantage is that you can have a double sided top. I made my kids one like this (but much smaller!) green one side, grey / road pattern the other.
    monstblitz
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,349
    edited April 2016
    Actually I was tempted to go ape and use a 2xX brick grid as my 'foundation' for my MOC city (and tile on top of the grid to set the regular baseplates on) to build up my 'ground level' and raise everything up 4-5 studs in order to be able to make buildings with a basement level or a ramp down to 'ground level' for delivery docks and the like.
     I figure it would finally give me something to use the massive amount of 2xX brick I have.
  • monkeyhangermonkeyhanger Member Posts: 2,837
    Costco (UK branches) have some very handy square kids fold-down tables right now and do them in larger sizes for adult sized applications too. Would expect US Costco branches to have them. The table is about 2 inches thick stain resistant plastic and the locking legs fold into the table's underside. They were about £12 each.

    Bought one for my nephew to build Lego,do arty stuff on them etc. I'll get a picture sorted tomorrow. If you wanted to step up the size you could put 4 together.
  • monstblitzmonstblitz Alexandria, VAMember Posts: 591
    edited April 2016
    Lego Table Update: The dual table tops are actually working out really well.  The setup of the 4 Trofast cabinets leaves a small kid sized space in between them which is fun for kids.  Not so much fun for adults when they decide to dump out a whole container of Lego in there.  The dual tables made it easier to get in there and clean it out.  I was debating getting a one piece table top and fastening it to the cabinets with bolts, but not after this.  Instead, I'm keeping the 2 tables and leaving them unattached.  To solve the slipping and sliding problem I bought these and they work like a charm:

    http://i01.i.aliimg.com/img/pb/777/882/371/371882777_043.jpg



    SalamalexMaffyDcatwrangler
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