Grandson's Train Table

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Project by christherookie posted 12-26-2018 04:03 PM 494 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It all started with, “could you make Jack a train table for Christmas?” After hours of looking at online designs and sketching out a few ideas, I came up with my final design. There was one request they had – it would be great if it could be used for a coffee table when friends come over. Hmmmm….

The result was a “train table” with storage underneath, a coffee table surface, and a removable flip-top. They loved it!

The flip-top side with the roads and trees and such was drawn out by my youngest daughter and then we spent hours painting it. It was more about it being “home drawn and painted” that make it’s great and a family heirloom.

The flip-top side with the batman logo…absolutely no functional purpose but it does have a high “coolness” factor that I knew would be appreciated – and it was.

So on the stained coffee-table top, I inserted a small tube with a flat top and bottom so they can push up under the coffee table top and the flip-top raises up just enough to get your fingers on the edge to lift up – but not high enough for a little kid to get their fingers stuck. :) In the photo, I had the tube in the up position just so you can see it.

Their house interior is gray so they wanted the table to be gray, but the photos are at my house.


The project required I use every tool I had so that was fun. But the biggest lesson learned was that in order to protect a painted surface from crayon, you need more layers of poly than I used. I used poly I brushed on for the coffee table but about 6 coats of spray-on poly for the custom painted side with trees and roads. I thought the 6 coats would be enough. Nope. Jack got to it with a crayon and it didn’t wipe off like I’d expected. We cleaned it off, eventually, with a hairdryer and wet towel – hairdryer to warm up the wax.

If I ever do something like that again, I’ll try brush-on poly over the acrylic paint…and about 27 layers. Darn you, crayon! haha

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#1 posted 12-26-2018 04:37 PM

Very cool looking, great job.

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#3 posted 12-26-2018 11:37 PM

What a lucky little boy!
Good job grandpa!

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#4 posted 12-28-2018 02:53 AM

Great work… thanks for sharing… My 6 month old son may need one in the coming years…. No crayons allowed. :)

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#5 posted 01-09-2019 07:02 PM

Looks like a really nice childrens play table

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