Instructables

How to make a Lego table out of PVC pipe

Featured
Picture of How to make a Lego table out of PVC pipe
100_2285.jpg
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.
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Tools & Materials

Picture of Tools & Materials
100_2165.jpg
100_2162.jpg
100_2163.jpg
100_2288.jpg
100_2289.jpg
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

Picture of Assemble PVC
100_2154.jpg
100_2153.jpg
 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.

jcreddog001 year ago
Cool
darrennie1 year ago
Ah two of my favourite things to work with Lego & PVC.
Very Nice Job.
Nice job!
trevormates2 years ago
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!
Itchyzombie3 years ago
I'll neva get a life! :P
kittensare3 years ago
im going to by that for my kichen table.very cool!
fbuehl3 years ago
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
LEGO TABLE WITH BINS.JPGLEGO TABLE WITHOUT BINS.JPG
thirdspaced4 years ago
Awesome job!  Looks great!
Yeqah, well said! My 2 sons would love it!
Thornburg4 years ago
If I would have seen this 10 years ago...

Great instructable man, use to love legos!
use to? you mean you still do, right? you are never too old to play with legos.
zascecs zack2473 years ago
isn't it obvious he meant "used to?"
zack247 zascecs3 years ago
no, but who can just "not" like legos anymore?

anywho, you have made comment 400! (counted by my account)
zascecs zack2473 years ago
XD
headsign3 years ago
Nice one, but I could not imagine playing with Lego anywhere else than on the floor :)
stheys13 years ago
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...
fr33fall4 years ago
That looks great.  You might want to add a large bin in the middle to hold more Legos.
maybe make it scoop out to the sides to allow picking from the top and bottom, maybe less searching for the perfect piece
Orange Oz3 years ago
you look happy... jk great table
starbricks3 years ago
did you change t-shirt?
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!
vir4go4 years ago
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?
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.
hal90004 years ago
Great work. Congratulations
Datawolf4 years ago
Nice but... the best place where to play Lego is on the floor !
raimen Datawolf4 years ago
 True that :D
I love my legos still. :)
Seconded to both of your points!
station4204 years ago
Nice work on this,
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.
92buckshots4 years ago
 That is one cute beagle in the background!
woodvale0354 years ago
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.?
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. 
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
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.
blindbug4 years ago
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).
That's a great idea!
phalanx4474 years ago
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.
kissiltur4 years ago
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?
Cdn Sapper4 years ago
Wow that looks pretty pro!  Good job guys!

Jayefuu4 years ago
This is excellent, I wish I'd had this when I was growing up.
fwjs28 Jayefuu4 years ago
agreed, i now envy those kids