Lego Tables for the kids at the airport

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Project by Lee Barker posted 04-22-2011 01:31 AM 2406 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Four area Kiwanis Clubs, whose communities are all served by the Redmond Airport, joined together to furnish two Lego tables, one for the general waiting area and one past security in the inner waiting area. I was commissioned for the work and given general dimensions: 36×36 x 20 high, all in inches. Considerations were sturdiness, ease of cleaning, no sharp edges, and accessibility.

The original plan was for some kind of mesh bag to hold the pieces, but when I couldn’t get that to work in my head, I let the size of the purchased plastic mats drive the design: The result was three wooden containers, the bottoms of which are parallel dowels so trash will fall through but the blocks won’t.

The tables were delivered today—April 21, 2011—and Kiwanis gathered and Kiwanis Lt. Governor spoke and the airport manager spoke and the kids had the most fun.

The tables are constructed of cherry. Legs are triangular in section. Top core is 3/4 birch plywood. Finish is six coats of waterborne polyurethane. They will last many years, through many constructions.

One of the Kiwanians there said another group was thinking of something to occupy visiting children at the hospital. I gave him my card.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#1 posted 04-22-2011 03:56 AM

As a Rotarian and as a woodworker, I have to say that I really respect what you and the Kiwanis are dong over there in Redmond.

I’ve been thinking of doing a Lego table for the after school program I run. I like how your design integrates the mats into its surface and has a way to keep trash from accumulating in the Lego storage area.

Well done.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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#2 posted 04-22-2011 04:33 AM

Very cool! I always enjoyed working with the Eagles and Lions and the stuff they do for the community!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 04-22-2011 08:39 AM

Nice work!! Im gona make one for my daugther. Very, very good job!

-- I want to emigrate out of my country right now!!!!!!!

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#4 posted 04-22-2011 03:39 PM

excellent job! I bet that many families will love that the tables are there while traveling.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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