Introduction: How to Make a Lego Table Out of PVC Pipe

We looked all over the place for a Lego table. We finally gave up and decided to make our own.  My boys and I worked all Christmas weekend and came up with some good results.  There are several optional ways of configuring this so do what's best for your situation.  We wanted to have 2 big areas to build the Lego's and a large area in the middle to sort through them.

Step 1: Tools & Materials

Tools:
- Saw - I just used a regular wood saw for the pvc and it worked fine.
- Hammer - for the trim on the top board (optional)
- Drill
- Screw Driver

Materials:
For this project we used 1 1/2" diameter PVC pipe
1 - 2'x4' wood for the top of the table
2 - 10 7/8" long PVC (for the width)
2 - 41 3/8" long PVC (for the Length)
4 - 17 1/2" long PVC (for the legs)
4 - 1 1/2" Caps (for the feet)
4 -  Corner pieces
4 - T's
12 - bolts and nuts
PVC glue
Wood glue(optional)
Contact Cement (for the Lego pads)
Finishing nails (optional for the trim)
Paint(optional)
 
It is much cheaper if you buy the PVC in 9" lengths and cut it down.
Also, I chose the 2' x 4'  top because it was already available cut at the hardware store.


Step 2: Assemble PVC

 We cut the pieces to length and then assembled the bottom frame.  Dry fit the pieces before you glue it together to make sure everything is square.  Get a game plan when gluing because it drys almost instantly.  It only needs to dry for a short time before you can continue on to the next step.

Step 3: Attach the Top

 After assembling the bottom we flipped it over on to the top piece and attached it.  I marked and drilled 4 holes on each side and 2 on each end.  We made a large 1/2" hole on the underside of the pipe and then a small whole on the inside of the pipe and board.  We then used 1 1/2" bolts and nuts and attached the top to the frame.  If you want to add trim I would suggest doing it before attaching it to the frame.  We used Lego's to hide the screw heads on the top of the table.

Step 4: Finishing

This is the finished table.  We put trim on the edges and cut two small pieces to frame in the Lego sorting area before painting.  The Lego's had to be hollowed out in the middle before cluing.

Comments

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c_rider made it!(author)2015-03-10

Thanks for the inspiration. I made my top with thin plywood so it could be moved around easily. I needed mine to be accessible for a wheelchair of other special equipment. I recessed small containers for my youngest so it was easier for him to use.

The boys loved painting the table and use it frequently now.

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casey868 made it!(author)2014-08-24

This is our latest creation. My youngest son is about the age of my other boys when we did the original table. I told him we would build our own. This one is a little smaller but with some shelves and containers to be more organized.

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jcreddog00 made it!(author)2013-06-04

Cool

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darrennie made it!(author)2012-09-18

Ah two of my favourite things to work with Lego & PVC.
Very Nice Job.

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Adambowker98 made it!(author)2012-06-21

Nice job!

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trevormates made it!(author)2011-11-30

Very cool stuff. I built a train table for my boys using PVC, with a very similar mindset as this.

In my previous PVC Ible's I always recommend formufit.com, as they have 3-Way PVC Corners which would cut down on some of the work of this table and bring the legs closer to the corners.

Still, awesome work!  Especially the paint job!

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Itchyzombie made it!(author)2011-07-21

I'll neva get a life! :P

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kittensare made it!(author)2011-02-21

im going to by that for my kichen table.very cool!

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fbuehl made it!(author)2011-01-16

This was a great project. Thanks so much for the idea! I made one for my two boys this weekend. Did a little tweaking to your design. I added Tees halfway down legs with a crossbar to add stability. Also moved lego baseplates to center, cutout two areas to drop plastic bins in for holding the legos. Still have to paint it, but the kids are super excited! Used four 1\4-20 bolts to hold table top down, but can be unscrewed and flipped over for a craft table for the kids. After all said and done (and some dumb moments along the way), it cost about 75-85 to build, but sooooo worth it. Thanks again for the idea and inspiration!

Derf

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thirdspaced made it!(author)2010-01-30

Awesome job!  Looks great!

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PatrickNormandin made it!(author)2010-09-23

Yeqah, well said! My 2 sons would love it!

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Thornburg made it!(author)2010-01-03

If I would have seen this 10 years ago...

Great instructable man, use to love legos!

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zack247 made it!(author)2010-09-20

use to? you mean you still do, right? you are never too old to play with legos.

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zascecs made it!(author)2010-09-21

isn't it obvious he meant "used to?"

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zack247 made it!(author)2010-09-21

no, but who can just "not" like legos anymore?

anywho, you have made comment 400! (counted by my account)

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zascecs made it!(author)2010-09-22

XD

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headsign made it!(author)2010-09-21

Nice one, but I could not imagine playing with Lego anywhere else than on the floor :)

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stheys1 made it!(author)2010-09-20

My brother has something similar to this out of all wood, but in the middle his slides open to drop the parts into a 9" deep bin which also slides out from underneath to pour them back out onto the table... you can also just slide the center open and scoop them out, depending on how many or how few parts you have...

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fr33fall made it!(author)2010-01-07

That looks great.  You might want to add a large bin in the middle to hold more Legos.

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zack247 made it!(author)2010-09-20

maybe make it scoop out to the sides to allow picking from the top and bottom, maybe less searching for the perfect piece

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Orange+Oz made it!(author)2010-08-20

you look happy... jk great table

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starbricks made it!(author)2010-08-19

did you change t-shirt?

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morningflower19 made it!(author)2010-08-15

Thanks I have been looking for a table. we are going out and getting the supplies to make it tomarrow just in time for his 9th birthday...great mom and son project too, yeppie! Thanks for the great sharing of ideas..he will be so suprised!

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vir4go made it!(author)2010-04-20

Really cool! I have an internet cafe and want to add some non-computer activities. Even ubergeeks need offline time. I think. Legos seem like an obvious choice. Anyone have suggestions for storage and building space that will stand up to commercial use by multitudes of teenagers.

What do teenage girls like to do? Any clue?

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ajeisenhut made it!(author)2010-05-09

PVC is pretty sturdy and could handle alot of wear. As for storage I have seen mesh bags used. How you could attach them I have not come up with yet, but I am planning on building this for my 1 year old. His bigger legos (megablocks they call them now) fit on the regular lego boards.

As for teenage girls just a scrapbooking table would work, and a bunch of teen magazines. You could do just a purple table with no boards on it and magazines in the mesh bags on the sides.

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hal9000 made it!(author)2010-02-19

Great work. Congratulations

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Datawolf made it!(author)2010-01-11

Nice but... the best place where to play Lego is on the floor !

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raimen made it!(author)2010-01-14

 True that :D
I love my legos still. :)

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jedi+pen-gui-n made it!(author)2010-01-18

Seconded to both of your points!

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westcoastbuilders made it!(author)2010-01-02

Nice work on this,

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Say+What made it!(author)2010-01-09

From what I see in the pictures, he used the Krylon Fusion paint on the PVC and table. The Fusion paint is specifically formulated to adhere to plastics.

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92buckshots made it!(author)2010-01-09

 That is one cute beagle in the background!

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woodvale035 made it!(author)2010-01-07

great idea, i will be going to the hardware store for some pipe soon.
just a thought, is it stable if leant on the sides or would the legs be better on the long side of the table?
I was thinking also that i may use countersunk headed bolts if i can find them.
is there a special paint for this type of pvc do you know.?

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MissAnneThrope made it!(author)2010-01-03

That is a great job!  I remember growing up, my dad built a lego bunk bed for my brother.  Not for sleeping on the top bunk.  It was set up to be a permanent lego kingdom for him to access via ladder and never be threatened by the vacuum cleaner. 

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pab59 made it!(author)2010-01-07

what a great idea...top bunks are a pain to make...why not leave it with toys to play on like a tree house activity

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Lunarpancake made it!(author)2010-01-04

I built one for someone a bit ago and we put a bucket in the middle for lego storage. You can also have a lid on the bucket for sorting.


just figured id add my 2 cents.

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blindbug made it!(author)2010-01-03

Nice, I wish I had this growing up. One suggestion: I would cut the middle out to the dimensions of one of those plastic bins you can pick up at the big box stores. That way, you can throw all the Lego in the bin and put a lid on it when you're finished. If you cut it out to the right size, the lip of the bin would hold it in place, and you get extra storage (since it hangs below the table).

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Kaspr007 made it!(author)2010-01-03

That's a great idea!

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phalanx447 made it!(author)2010-01-03

This is great. Man, this really made my day.

My Dad made myself and my brother a lego table similar o this after a similar experience in searching for one. Mine had a similar layout, too- a building board on both sides and a trough in the middle to sort pieces.

This is a great project. Some of the finer moments of my childhood were spent at a lego table, and I'm sure your kids will love it.

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kissiltur made it!(author)2010-01-02

Very splendid - I can see building one of those for my boys once they're doing more modelling with Lego.

What kind of paint did you use on the pipe?

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Cdn+Sapper made it!(author)2010-01-02

Wow that looks pretty pro!  Good job guys!

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Jayefuu made it!(author)2010-01-02

This is excellent, I wish I'd had this when I was growing up.

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fwjs28 made it!(author)2010-01-02

agreed, i now envy those kids 

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