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Motivation:

My son has recently developed an interest/obsession with Lego. I pulled out my old Lego collection and instructions, and as we browse through them he says "Lets make a fire truck daddy!" We proceed to sift through the pile for the parts.... 2 hours later I might have all the parts needed to build his fire truck.
After a few of these situations I decided something needed to be done to make our Lego sessions as productive as possible. A few days of thought later I came up with this design.

Criteria:

  1. Portable.
  2. Adequate parts storage.
  3. Organized parts storage.
  4. Storage tubs to hold current projects and double as somewhere to throw Lego for fast pack up.
  5. Whole setup folds away into a neat format.
  6. Big enough to last years of my son's growth.

Shopping List

  • 2x 27L storage tubs (Got mine from Bunnings)
  • 6x 200x300x100 parts trays (Fisher Brand, got mine from APlus Plastic Box Co.)
  • 3x 100x300x100 parts trays
  • 1x 1200 x 2400 x 9mm plywood sheet
  • 1x 1200 x 900 x 9mm plywood sheet
  • PVA glue
  • 30mm brad nails
  • 2G x 25mm countersunk screws
  • Aluminum tube or nylon brewers tube to fabricate bushes
  • 4x M8x30 button head bolts
  • 12x 25mm flat washers to suit M8
  • Old tupperware lid or 5x 40mm nylon washers
  • 2x brass latches and screws
  • 2x 50mm hinges and screws
  • 2x 75mm hinges and screws
  • 2x latches and screws
  • 2x 4kg magnetic catches and screws
  • 500mm aluminum flat bar
  • 4x rubber feet
  • 2x 25mm PVC conduit right angles
  • 300mm of 25mm PVC conduit
  • 2x M6 threaded inserts
  • 2x M6x25 Bolts
  • 12mm dia 600mm long round bar
  • 300mm square sheet of 3mm aluminum sheet
  • 4x 12mm washers
  • 2x split pins
  • 2x 100mm Dia 30kg wheels
  • 12mm Dia x 100mm long aluminum round bar
  • M8x40 countersunk bolt & nyloc nut
  • 1x "R" clip

Step 1: Main Box Construction

  • I started with a side and the bottom. Apply a bead of PVA glue (take note of which panel is overlapping). Clamp vertically on a flat bench and check for square prior to fixing (preferably fix with a pneumatic brad nail gun). Repeat this process for each corner then attach front and back panel using a similar method.
  • Once you have a complete shell go back and make sure all joins have nails at about 100 to 150mm centers. Also add screws where the table edge will join to stiffen future main hinge connections. *Note: Be sure not to install nails or screws where you will be cutting off the table panel.
  • Set your saw gauge to 39mm and carefully cut around the front panel to create the table.
  • Set your compass to 75mm to mark the 150mm Dia Lego dots on the 9mm plywood and cut out 8x circles using a jig saw.
<p>You are a master builder!!! What's next? Double decker couch I hope.</p>
<p>everything is awesome!</p>
<p>That is an amazing Idea. Well designed. I hope he appreciates that amazing work station.</p>
<p>This is really very clever and well thought-out - I love it!</p>
<p>Amazing! What did this end up setting you back? How many legos were you dealing with? My husband recently got out his 70+ pounds of legos and I am overwhelmed! This looks perfect!</p>
<p>Wonderfut!!</p>
<p>Overall perfect:)</p>
<p>Would you ever consider building one to sell? this would be so perfect for my 7 year old. we live in a small apartment and i've been searching and searching for some way to store his legos....i alread have them sorted, but now there are containers everywhere, and my husband gets irritated that there are legos left on the kitchen table. </p>
<p>If there is enough interest, Stay tuned :)</p>
<p>And?? It's a year later ... but I'd be interested too :) </p>
<p>Built it, well sort of. I took your idea and ran with it, just modified the size to fit some storage bins I already had. great idea for storage toy box, and fold away table. Made the shelves adjustable, and removable. I also put down a piece of 1/8 puckboard plastic on the play surface for easy clean up. oh and I thought the 3 x 2 brick looked better than the 4 x 2. size of box is 600mm Wx 823mm H x 600mm D.. Lego was created by printing out on paper, and gluing to surface of wood, and cutting with a jigsaw. Circles, circle cutter jig with router. Should have it painted by next weekend. </p>
<p>thanks again for posting the instructions, here is the final painted</p>
<p>nice job, on the lego storage, but only posting to as if that is a 50.s Dodge 1/2 ton you working on </p>
<p>Awesome work Allison! Very well done!</p>
as an added extra would a small music stand fitted to hold the all important instructions??
top job definitely something I would have loved as a kid! I will be putting my best efforts in to making something similar for my oldest. ??
<p>Im sorry...I don't understand the measurments. Duh...Could someone just tell me the height, width of the unit in feet and inches after it is built? Please and ty</p>
Thanks for the plans! Made one for a 2nd grade classroom.
<p>&quot;Uh Dad, this is cool and all, but can't I just have one of those Snap-On boxes&quot;</p>
How cute!
<p>Kids love this thing. I used a bit of a different latching system but it does the trick. Used hook and loop latches instead of fabing a cool retainer pin ,( lack of tools and skill ), to hold the table up. I added LEGO street base plates to the table so the kids could build right on it. This was probably the most involved wood project I've done and if I do it again I'll know the problem areas to look for that I had this time such as the pivot points, again lack of tools and skill but I got it to work.</p>
<p>Would you happen to know of another company to order the bins from that actually will ship to the US?</p>
<p>I can't believe your not a finalist in the budget contest!!!!!</p><p>Beautiful work.</p>
<p>Not everything is awesome, but this is!!! Nice</p>
i am absolutely amazed. The attention to detail is super. Based on your instructions I am going to give it a go.
<p>Awesome job man, Since Legos were pretty much everyones maker beginnings.</p>
I just want to buy one lol. I couldn't build a birdhouse if I wanted to. Awesome idea.
<p>this is awesome. man i wish LEGO made stuff like this for people like me. I don't have the tools to build that but want it lol great job hope you win!</p>
<p>Ok, I need someone to start manufacturing these. Or at least to build me one.</p><p>No, really... I need one.</p>
<p>You the man! What an awesome gift you gave your son. And not just the Lego station. The example you set of creating organization for his &quot;work station&quot; will most likely influence the rest of his life. If I had kids, I'd want to be a Cool Dad like you.</p>
Please manufacture and sell these... I could never do this all myself, but I would love one! Genius!
<p>You are the best dad ever.</p>
<p>Fantastic idea... nice work... can't wait to make one for my son...</p><p>Thank You very much for sharing</p>
<p>This is a great ible, I am sure my 3 year old would love it. I hope I can get all the hardware parts in my local Home depot or Lowe's, Could you give me an estimate of amount spent on the shopping list. Would get the items this week end and well let me see when I can complete it.</p>
<p>Well done!! What a great idea. +1 Favorite!</p>
<p>Dang, I've never seen a more detailed Instructable. To top it off, your finished product looks exactly like that! A product. You could sell one of those in an Ikea like kit and probably get a tidy sum for it on Etsy. Heck, I would probably be quicker to purchase it than to imagine I would complete the project any where near as nice as you did. I'd end up cutting corners here and there. </p><p>Very nice work, as someone else said, you've created a family heirloom. I know my grandkids are playing with Lego we bought my 30 year old. Then again so are my younger kids. With nine kids and three going on four grandkids we do have a wide range of Lego users. Maybe I should find the time to build this, unless you are considering the Etsy option. :-)</p>
<p>Ha, I just started organizing my own lego Aldaraan last night, and this is the perfect project to guide my efforts. The Force is strong with this build.</p>
<p>What an heirloom. This will be passed down the family for generations. Beautiful ideas, and really well executed. </p>
<p>Very well made! Great ible :)<br>Hope it'll be used for a long time ^^</p>
<p>This is amazing...</p>
Excellent job!
<p>This is amazing! I will be working on one for my son next!</p>
<p>that is so awsome! I want to build one too!</p>
<p>Grate m8 one thing it is missing is a battery and a lamp :P</p>
<p>Wonderful!</p>
<p>THIS LIKE EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! <br><br>EVERYTHING IS AWESOME.... </p>

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