Tired of stepping on small bricks every morning and picking them up every night after the kids are tucked in? Have you had enough of seeing them in tears when one of their incredible masterpieces has toppled in a heap on the floor? Now it’s your turn to get creative! We’re not joking… Start by stealing 4 large base plates and get to work laying the groundwork for your kids very own Lego® table, which should take no longer than 20 minutes to make. Your kids will be so thrilled they won’t miss the stolen pieces! 🙂
Things you’ll need:
- a coffee table (we used 55 x 55 cm, the perfect dimensions)
- large Lego® base plates (for us, 4 plates each measuring 25 x 25 cm)
- joists (2.5 cm wide on one side and at least 220 cm long)
- suitable glue (we used “All Purpose Adhesive”, which can be used for both the corner strips and Lego® plates)
- tape measure
- wood saw and a mitre box (or mitre saw if you have one)
How to make your Lego® table
The Lego® table is made up of base plates and a wooden frame. The latter is made from wood corner strips to make an edge that’s comfy for little arms and aesthetically pleasing as well.
Before you start to panic, don’t worry: making the frame is child’s play!
Step 1: Measure and calculate the length of the frame
For this first step, we must return to primary school because it requires a bit of maths.
Measure the table width and add the thickness of your wood corner strip + 1 mm. Our table (seen here) measured 55 cm and our wood corner strip, 3 mm. That gave us 55 + 0.3 + 0.1 = 55.4 mm.
Step 2: Cut bevelled edges for your frame
Use the mitre box to cut the ends of your strip at 45° angles. The measurements, which we calculated in step 1, correspond to the outer edge of the strip (where the angle is) so the inner edge will be smaller.
Step 3: Sand the strips for your frame
Sand the corners of your strips with sandpaper so that they are smooth and splinter-free.
Step 4: Glue the strips on the edge of your table
Add a line of adhesive along the edge of the table and glue each strip on top. Adjust the ends of each strip so that the connection fits together as tightly as possible.
- You can use a clamp, which is a great way of keeping your strips in place while the glue dries.
- If your connection doesn’t fit together perfectly, add some matching wood filler.
Step 5: Glue the Lego® base plates onto your table
Glue the base plates together edge-to-edge. Add glue beads at all four angles of each plate and one in the centre. Leave the whole thing to dry and place a weight on each plate.
Presto: your table is finished, and the fun can now begin! Unless you want to turn the project into an art class too, in which case you can paint it in your little one’s favourite colour.
Want to keep playing? Take your skills to the next level with more tutorials! Check out our fun articles for children for lots of inspiring ideas!
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