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How to Build a Train Table with Hole in Center - Finished in Hours

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This is a  train table plan created for all those avid train-conductors in training! It is simple to build, takes only a few hours (plus paint drying time) and costs about $30 USD to build.

My son's old preschool had a custom-built train table that was so unique because of its easy access - a hole in the center for a child to sit in the middle so everything could be in reach. My son's grandfather, who is great at building things, helped us put this together and create a detailed blueprint and step-by-step directions to follow. Enjoy!

Parts List:
1. One 6 ft. by 4 ft. piece of plywood 5/8 in. thick, finished on one side
2. Four 2 x 6 x 24 in. lumber for the legs
3. Two 2 x 6 x 36 in. lumber for the leg cross-members
4. One quart of paint, your color choice (we used Cilantro Green Satin Finish)
5. One 1 pound box #6 by 2 ½ in. deck screws (or 24 screws total)

Tools List:
1. Jigsaw
2. Battery Drill Driver
3. Sanding Block
4. Tac Cloth

Notes:
Building the train table can be extremely inexpensive and simple for beginners. The entire project should cost about $30 (more or less, depending on the store you purchase the parts from). The table in the plan is quite large and can be used for many years and for other purposes (ie: car setups, an art table). It is also possible to use this plan to create your train table in a smaller size. The size and color you choose depend on your preferences. This project can be done in one day.



 
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Holly I noticed it from your featured author link, this is so awesome :). You are a great mom I am sure.
Thank
HollyMann (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Thanks so much Tarun :) This is my first instructable!
billbillt2 years ago
Great idea!!!...Will have to make one for my grandson...
HollyMann (author) 3 years ago
Oh sorry it looks like you did paint it a bit - I needed to zoom in! It looks beautiful!
Thanks! I'll post another pic with the Little Engineer and his new train after Christmas morning. Can't wait to see his face!
HollyMann (author)  jilly448223 years ago
Please do!!!! :) That is so exciting! I bet he'll love it!
He is a happy Engineer!
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HollyMann (author)  jilly448222 years ago
My son loves the picture! The train table looks so nice!!! Good job! He looks very happy!!! :)
jilly448223 years ago
Love it! My 73 year old dad made this today for my grandson ~ his 5 year old great grandson. The Lionel Train arrives tomorrow just in time for a great Christmas surprise!

The table is FABULOUS!!!! I went to hubby's barn and yanked his bar stool...cut it off for a perfect fit. ;^)
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HollyMann (author)  jilly448223 years ago
WOW it looks WONDERFUL!!!! I'm so happy to hear this - I will let my dad know this when I see him in a couple of days. He is the one who did this project with me for my son - so it's his idea/plan! It looks awesome! Do you think you'll leave it like that or paint it? I think it looks really nice natural!
It's hard to tell in the picture because our garage lights are so bright but it is painted. I chose a sandy/dirt colored paint so as not to clash with any of his landscaping he does later. The paint was actually still wet so it dried a couple shades darker.
guyfrom7up4 years ago
anyone see a certain 3d movie recently? haha nah but great instructable
yh i was thinking that...Im not hungry anymore...
thepelton4 years ago
I agree. Something like a rotating piano stool would make it complete.
HollyMann (author)  thepelton4 years ago
Great idea!
rueggmaul4 years ago
Perfect for a christmas tree.
thepelton4 years ago
In fact, I could see this being used for an electric train set when he gets older.
HollyMann (author)  thepelton4 years ago
Shortly after setting this up, my old friend gave my son a big set of model trains. He loves them!
they are quite fun. i am currently making a layout with a simple 2' x 4' station terminus layout in OO, may add an Instructable.
dhb4 years ago
Perfect! Now all he needs is a chair that swivels.