Flip Top Lego Table

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Introduction: Flip Top Lego Table

This table was designed and built for my 2 year old grandson. The top is stained and sealed and is reversible. One side for lego blocks and the other for multi-use. The ends are small shelving units to store Legos, etc.

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Step 1: Material List, But With Improvisations...

4'x8' sheet of 3/4 inch plywood

2'x4' sheet of 1/2 inch plywood

4 1x2 pine boards 8'

1 1x3 pine board 6'

6 lego base plates

Wood glue

Contact Adhesive

Sandpaper

Nail gun w/nails

Router

Step 2: Cut List

4 (plywood) 18" long x 8" wide for vertical base pieces

4 (plywood) 22 1/2" long x 6 1/2" wide shelves

2 (plywood) 22 1/2" long x 2 1/2 wide top base supports

2 1x3 boards 31 3/4" long front and back stretchers

8 1x2 boards 22 1/2" long shelf trim

2 1x2 boards 49 1/2" long table top trim, measure and cut to size

2 1x2 boards 25 1/2" long table top trim, measure and cut to size

Step 3: End Support/shelving

Glue and use nail gun to secure shelving ends and trim.

Step 4: Attaching the Front and Back Stretchers

I used metal bracing for extra support.

Step 5: Sizing the Top

Make sure to leave top a little larger so it's not too tight when removing to flip over.

Step 6: Trimming the Top

Trim the top by gluing, then using nail gun to secure. Make sure that the lip on the top and bottom will be equal. Router the edge a bit so it's not such a sharp edge.

Step 7: Adding a Little Trim

I added a little trim to dress it up a bit. Nothing fancy, just used ripped boards.

Step 8: Stain or Paint

I chose to stain the bottom part of the table gray.

Step 9: Stain or Paint the Top

I chose to stain the top and seal it will poly acrylic. Be sure to do both sides of the top.

Step 10: Adding Lego Base Plates

Measure to center plates like you'd like them. tape off and carefully spray adhesive. I used contact adhesive to stick on the Lego base plates. Spray both the table top and the back side of the base plates.

Step 11: Finished Product

This table should bring years of fun and activity to my 2 year old grandson.

Step 12: Addendum to Original

I had enough material, minus the legs, to make another table. I purchased (2) 36 INCH 2"X2" and cut them into four 18" legs and glued them to bottom of table and nailing them with nail gun. Then I braced the ends with some scrap wood I had using my KREG jig. This table seems very sturdy. I plan to clear coat it with spray polyurethane. This table will stay at my residence for my 2 year old grandson, while the blue table went to his house.

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    12 Comments

    Very well done! I've got a lego table on this site too, but it does not accomodate storage like yours does. Nice!

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    Thanks! My 2 yr old grandson loves his table. He plays around it all the time, whether with legos or hot wheels on the flip side.

    wow, stunning, how do you flip it over from Lego side to normal side? And also, an improvement if you have not thought of it already: the shelving units on the side that you mentioned were for Lego's could have Lego baseplate a lining it, (as you did for the tabletop, but narrower and smaller) so creations/blocks don't slip off.

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    Thank you. The entire "blue" top flips over. Just raise it up and flip. The shelves on the end have a "lip" so hopefully helps keep things on the shelves.

    hope you liked the idea though!

    It was a great idea! Thanks for the input...

    Excellent looking table. Looks like the perfect place for a kid to play and create! :)

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    Thank you. I can't wait until Christmas to give it to him.

    This is so killer, my kids would love it. Great work!

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    I believe they were $7.99 on Amazon.