Making A DIY Table For A Children’s Railway

diy childs play tableLooking for a quick, cheap, table to hold a small model railway? If you have a drill and a few nails why not build your own?If you’re building a railway for your children you don’t need an elaborate baseboard construction and other ‘table top’ set ups can be too high for a small child. Play tables are ideal – they’re low for great for small children but will keep the railway – whether it’s a Thomas style plastic train set or more sophisticated Hornby OO gauge starter pack – off the floor.

But it’s shocking how much play tables can be.  The average seems to be £50 to £100!

I honestly had no idea they were quite so much until I stumbled across one (literally) in a shop and glanced at the price. I nearly fell over it again!! Intrigued I had a look online when I got home and sure enough the average price for a simple wooden kids table hoovers around £70.

For something that will just be used to keep trains or maybe Lego off the floor this is pretty steep. Especially as they’re made from a few bits of wood.

This got me thinking. How difficult can it be to make your own and save that money for the actual trains?

After a bit of research it turns out it’s not that difficult at all. Scott Lawrence has a great breakdown of the parts needed on his Geodesic Sphere blog:

  • Two 2×4, cut to pieces:  5′, 2’9″ (2’9″ + two thicknesses of 2x4s = 3′), leftover
  • One 2×4, cut to pieces: 18″, 18″, 18″, 18″, 18″, leftover (one extra leg, because why not.)
  • One 1×3, cut to pieces: 3′, 3′, leftover (for the lip)
  • Two 1×3, cut to pieces: 5′ 1 1/2″, leftover (for the lip, with added width for the side lip)
  • One piece of 1/2″ 4×8 plywood, cut to 5′ by 3′
  • One box of 2 1/2″ drywall screws for connecting 2x4s into 2x4s
  • One box of 1 5/8″ drywall screws for connecting 1x3s into 2x4s
  • Finish nails (i had some leftover from before)

From his step-by-step guide see the full post here.

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Picture: (c)  Scott Lawrence,

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