I have 2 sons, one is 3 1/2 and the other is 1 1/2 and the 3 year old is totally out of his mind crazy for Thomas the Tank Engine. He lives, eats and sleeps Thomas and his friends. During one of his many perusals of the Toys R Us catalogs, he stumbled onto the Thomas Train table and it's all he has been talking about. This is for sure something he wants for Christmas, but the table alone is $299.00. Add in the many sets (anywhere from $39 - $129) and trains (anywhere from $9.99 - $29.99) you can easily spend close to $1,000. Well that isn't an option, but building one is.
Step 1: Material and Tools needed
5 - 1x4 8' long - $3.98 each
1 - 3/4 sanded pine plywood - $25
1 - Gorilla Glue wood glue
nails for nail gun
120 grit sand paper - $3.98
220 grit sand paper - $3.98
pint of polyurethane - - $7.00
Compound Miter Saw (optional)
Air Compressor and nail gun (optional)
Step 2: Prep
I had the chap at Home Depot cut my sheet of plywood into two 3' x 4' sections. This will be the table top. Be sure to choose a high grade sanded sheet of plywood.
I could have had him make my 1x4 cuts too, but I figured he did enough cutting the plywood.