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Project by chopnhack posted 12-22-2011 10:21 AM 4080 views 8 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, the kids have caught the Thomas the Train bug and I so I went shopping for a train table. I saw the various “train tables” at the stores and wasn’t too enthused about shelling out $140+ on cheaply made disposable furniture. Out came Sketchup and here are the results. This is the first project I have done that was originated in Sketchup and then an image and cutlist was created from the program data. Worked out wonderfully. I used 1/4” bolts with large washer heads and cross dowel nuts to assemble and hopefully kidproof the table. The cross dowel method lends well to one man assembly. The plywood used was the Auraco pine plywood from Home Depot. The stain is GF’s Shaker maple, sprayed a sealer coat of shellac and all pieces were sanded to 220 to help control blotching. Top coat is GF’s HP water base poly wet sanded to 320 being a kids table I was too lazy to go to 600 which works really well for me and this finish. The top is a sandwich of white melamine coated hardboard and mdf core. The top is removable to show a grid of 4 empty spots for storage as well as storage underneath.

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#1 posted 12-22-2011 03:34 PM

Wonderful job.

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#2 posted 12-22-2011 04:47 PM

well done. I’m sure they will get hours and hours of use from it.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 01-13-2012 04:04 PM

No such thing as kidproof but that does look very sturdy. Cross bolts are great and allow easy KD storage too. I like the end cutouts for marble or puck games and the under hung bins are perfect for small bits. Market it for $139!

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#4 posted 01-14-2012 05:26 AM

Thanks guys! The cut outs were used for testing what stain scheme was needed to not end up with a mess.

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#5 posted 02-04-2012 02:12 PM

very nice place for the tots to play and create. nice project

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#6 posted 05-29-2014 06:37 PM

Sweet and great design i dig it

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