Grandson Activity Table

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Project by woodsoldier posted 08-01-2012 11:17 PM 1530 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the Table to go with the chair I built. The table is 3/4 MDF, I used a 1/2 inch round over bit to round the edges. The edge to keep things from falling off, I used a Pine board and the same router bit, then sliced off he edge and cut the miters. The legs I cheated and bought at Home Depot. They came at 14 inches, to long, so I took and inch off the top. The Legs are attached for 4 Kreg 1 1/4 course thread screws. He seems to like it already. The table has 4 coats of magnetic paint over the entire surface, the black strip is Chalkboard paint. The red and green paint is semi gloss latex. First table I ever made, but I like it.

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#1 posted 08-02-2012 09:18 AM

How cool is that! Looks like Granpa is a big hit!!!! Nice work and cool clolors!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 08-02-2012 05:40 PM

Great Table!

Magnetic paint Does it work well? I’ve just freshened up an activity board (half dry erase, half chalk) that we found at a garage sale last weekend for our 14mo old boys. When I got done, my wife said…”You know what would be really cool? If we could make this dry erase board magnetic so the boys can use the magnetic letters!” I need magnetic paint!

Thanks for posting.


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#3 posted 08-02-2012 06:28 PM

Great colors! I bet he wants to eat there all the time too…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 08-02-2012 08:38 PM

Thank you.
Greg, the Magnetic paint works well, I sanded with 400 and 600 between coats and I also used Floetrol on the chalkboard paint to smooth it out. The can says do not thin. but I had not problem using Floetrol, I picked up a gallon at Home depot for around 18 bucks. The Magnetic paint tends to want to act almost textured, you can’t sand it to much, or you remove all the magnetic properties. Even with the cheap dollar store magnetic letters, I can hold the table up and shake it and they stay. You should be able to do dry erase with it. I saw on one of forums on here, the suggestion to hit a junk or scrap yard and cut off the side of a washer, dryer or smooth refrigerator. Surface is ready out of the box, or you have to put appliance paint on it to touch up.

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#5 posted 06-14-2013 01:50 AM

What a fabulicious little table! Who better than a genius to build a table for his grandson to learn? (smile)
...great adds, books and crannies for his inspection and brilliant creative experiences…..Bravo, T…!

-- Robin, NC

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