Fold away Lego board

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Project by NolanUK posted 04-19-2013 09:39 AM 5691 views 30 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, I’ve just joined Lumberjocks after lurking for a while and figured I would post a project I recently completed.

I’ve seen some pictures of folding tables on the web and decided to make a folding Lego board for my two boys which would give them somewhere to store lots of loose Lego and also provide somewhere to sit and construct it with deep sides so the pieces don’t end up on the floor too often. Unlike the examples I have seen on the web I didn’t want fold down legs as these would be in the way and stop would stop the kids from accessing the stuff under the table.

I also wanted to be able to fold the table away when not in use with a cover to keep the Lego in place which would double as a surface on which they could draw, write etc.

I used basic shelving timber from the local builder’s merchant and used my box joint jig (based on Matthias Wandel’s screw advance jig) to joint the corners.

The lid is held horizontal by two soft opening bureau stays when open. These open nice and slowly and prevent the lid from being shut too quickly and trapping small fingers! I purchased a piano hinge from eBay which holds the lid in place and has the advantage of leaving no small gaps for Lego to pass through or get stuck in.

A router was used to cut the rebate for the slide in cover and to cut the slots for the shelf.

Finally Lego is held in 3 identical cheap Stanley drawer sets.

I’m pretty pleased with the end result. It gets used every day and certainly help keep the Lego in one place :)

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#1 posted 04-19-2013 11:53 AM

Great table. Very nice build. I don’t understand one thing. Is the second table surface just an add on or is that incorporated into the whole design?

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#2 posted 04-19-2013 12:29 PM

Most excellent! I have a tribe of little builders that this will benefit! Thanks for sharing.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 04-19-2013 12:39 PM

Thanks guys!

The slide in table surface is part of the design as it allows the table to be folded away without having to clear all the Lego from it first. The surface traps the Lego and it just slides to the back as the table is folded.

One thing that wasn’t planned is the wooden blocks on the table surface that the drop strays screw into. I realised my original design wouldn’t be strong enough so I glued these blocks in and cut the corners from the slide in top to make a kid of fat ‘T’ shape.

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#4 posted 04-19-2013 01:59 PM

Love it! Favorited it to build for my son. Thanks for posting.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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#5 posted 04-19-2013 03:29 PM

Love it. Great design. Wish i had one when i was little. I’ll have to make one for my son soon. I think i will also use chalk board paint on the underside of the table so he can draw on it when it’s folded up.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#6 posted 04-19-2013 04:42 PM

This is a great idea/design.. I may make one of these for my boys… Thanks for posting

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#7 posted 04-19-2013 05:03 PM

Great design. I bet they are quite happy with it based on the models they have built.

Welcome to LumberJocks.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 04-19-2013 07:57 PM

I need to do something similar for my kids, legos are everywhere. I like that idea may look at changing up the ideas I had now. However the first thing I noticed was what appears to be a framed chemical structure.

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#9 posted 04-19-2013 09:06 PM

Thank you for joining us here on LumberJocks & an even BIGGER thanks for posting this!!!

You have just give me the perfect project/gift for a friends little one. I’ve been racking my (feable) brain….
Thanks for solving my quandary!!!

BTW: Great job!!! Beside looking great, it looks quite functional and sturdy.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 04-20-2013 02:22 AM

Nice build but my grandsons would need one the size of a dog house to store all their legos.

-- My Boss was a carpenter

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#11 posted 04-20-2013 06:42 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 04-20-2013 08:43 AM

Thats a great idea and a great job. Very well done and very inspirational to me.
Thank you very much for sharing!

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#13 posted 04-20-2013 01:04 PM

Building a Lego playroom for my kids: Definitely going to incorporate this desk!

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#14 posted 04-21-2013 03:51 AM

Great idea. I need to do this one when I’m finished with the basement.

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#15 posted 04-22-2013 01:21 PM

very sharp project my boy would love this we made a box for his last week with four compartments then spend an hr sorting them last nite this would be so much nicer plus could be another project we could do together. nice work

-- greg indiana

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