Make this adorable table for $65 using off the shelf materials and basic power tools. We love the smooth, wide top, the storage underneath, and the solid wood design - so you can stain or paint any way you want. Our free step by step plans include lots of diagrams, shopping list and cut list.
We also have plans for a smaller version of this play table here.
- 2 – 2x4 @ 8 feet long
- 2 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
- 1 – 1x12 @ 6 feet long
- 2 – 1x3 @ 8 feet long
- 2 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
- 1 – ¾” thick project panel 24” x 72”
- 6 – 2x4 @ 22” (both ends cut at 15 degrees off square, long point to short point, ends ARE parallel)
- 4 – 1x2 @ 11 ¼” (cut to width of 1x12 shelf)
- 2 – 1x2 @ 18”
- 2 – 1x2 @ 15”
- 2 – 1x12 @ 30 ½”
- 4 – 1x3 @ 30 ½”
- 2 – 2x2 @ 65 ½”
- 1 – ¾” pine project panel 24” x 72”
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
If you can get your legs all built square, you will be good to go!
First mark out the 1x2s @ 18" long 5 3/8" from each end.
Layout the two ends, and attach top 1x2 to two end legs and repeat for second side.
Then measure up from the base of the legs 8 3/4" on each leg and mark a line across both legs.
Place the 1x2 @ 11 1/4" on this line and attach with 2" countersunk screws and glue as shown in diagram.
Remember, you will need to make two ends that are identical.
NOTE that this plan assumes your 1x12s are 11 1/4" wide. If your 1x12s differ in width, adjust the bottom shelf cleats to the length of your 1x12s.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.