Train Table

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Project by mminella posted 03-06-2017 04:17 AM 1292 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the first project I’ve done in a while outside of trim/remodeling. After we moved into our new home just over a year ago, the wife wanted a train/play table for our daughter. I found this set of plans ( and it seemed to fit the bill. Newbie note: read the comments on the article that provides the plans. In this case, the dimensions for where the bins go is a hair too large so they need to be put in just right to stay in place. That being said, overall, the project went together easily and everyone loves it.

This table is built out of construction grade, big box lumber to keep the cost down. Pine for everything but the top which is 1/2” MDF. Pocket screws and glue were the main form of jointery with finish nails and glue being used in the places that wouldn’t work (trim around the top for example). The finish consisted of two coats of Kilz latex primer and two coats of Behr satin. The top, was derived from a design my wife found online. It’s custom painted by myself. That was two coats of the primer just like the rest of the piece, followed by using acrylic artist paints for the mural. To protect it, I finished the top with three coats of Minwax Polycrylic. I wasn’t able to sand in between the coats because the acrylic paint job is not smooth and I was concerned I’d just end up sanding through the high points.

If I could do it again, I’d obviously address the size issue on the ends (I caught it in time to fix the width of the single tub in the middle). I’d also go with another finish for the brown. It’s only been in use for a couple weeks and there are already a couple very minor dings on that paint. Instead, I’d give the finish Marc Spagnuolo (The Wood Whisperer) used on his toy chest (milk paint followed by poly). I just have a hunch that would have been more durable. Unfortunately, I found his video after I had painted the table.

Overall, I’m pleased with the outcome. The wife and daughter are also happy with the results.

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#1 posted 03-06-2017 07:12 AM

Lucky kid! Awesome playing table.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-06-2017 01:28 PM

Nice! Grand kids would love one! Looks like you could add a thin strip to your bin holders to make the bins catch better maybe.

-- Dennis, WV

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