A coffee table with removeable tops to store legos and lincoln logs!
1/2 Sheet of 3/4″ MDF or Hardwood Plywood cut into strips 15 7/8″ wide x 48″ long
2 – 1×3
3 – 1×2
1 – 1×6 – 12 foot long
1 1/4″ screws
wood glue and filler and finishing supplies
2 – 1×6 @ 48″
3 – 1×6 @ 14 3/8″
2 – 3/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 15 7/8″ x 48″
2 – 3/4″ MDF or Plywood @ 15 7/8″ x 24″ (top inserts)
4 – 1×2 @ 17 1/4″
4 – 1×3 @ 17 1/4″
2 – 1×2 @ 44 1/2″
2 – 1×2 @ 12 7/8″
2 – 1×2 @ 48″
2 – 1×3 @ 18 7/8
I won’t say much more than I’ve been at this one for three days with a hair dryer . . . but the color is dark walnut. I used Elmer’s wood filler and it took the stain quite well.
Thanks for reading! I hope you take a second to let me know if you like this design, so I can continue to post more plans that are similar. Mom to mom, this is a must make.
I've been waiting.
Ever since my daughter was born, I've been waiting.
Waiting for her to out grow blocks and rattles.
And she did, but I found myself waiting again.
Now I was waiting for her to out grow play-doh and fisher price.
And she did . . .
But I'm still waiting.
Now I'm waiting for her to outgrow legos and lincoln longs and coloring books.
And it occurred to me the other day that while I'm waiting, my life is not. As I continue to think, in just a few years, there won't be Grace's stuff everywhere, valuable time is passing.
After so many of you contributed ideas for gifts for boys, and many, many of you suggested lego tables, I designed one. One like you see at a toy store. One that shouts play table. But after cutting the first board, I decided I don't want to wait anymore. And while I'm building a lego table for my daughter, I'm also going to build a coffee table for myself. Because I want a living room that both plays and looks like something I'm proud of.
And this is the lego table that I built. I promise. It's a lego table. Complete with lego mats and storage bins.
Well, actually, Lincoln logs on this side, legos on the other. The top panels of the table are removable to hide ANYTHING in there - think trains, coloring supplies, books, laptops, video games and accessories, board games . . . it's really up to you. The top panels also can be flipped over to hold permanently secured lego mats, train mats, chalk boards or even checker or chess boards!
I drew that one on, but you get the idea.
In mere seconds, you can go from kid table, to scraping all those tiny legos directly into a storage bin, flip it over, and you are back to sophisticated living space. The top inserts can also fit easily under the bottom shelf. The inserts also easily slide from bin to bin, so you can have access to both bins with one insert on the tabletop.
My lego table is highly inspired by Pottery Barn's Bailey Coffee Table, but if your style is more like Pottery Barn's Benchwright Table (like the one shown above), read on, it's a super easy modification to make the above lego table. And if you love this idea, but perhaps a different style, please take a second to leave positive feedback so I know you like the idea, and will continue to develop plans for more lego tables hidden inside stylish coffee tables. And the plans for the train table are here.
And what is the absolute best part about this table? You will not believe how easy it is to build.