So I have wanted to get one of these tables for my boys for well since I had my first little boy. I couldn't ever find one I really liked for a good deal. We recently had a shop built and to my wonderful delight, there was wood left over, lots of scrap wood. I wipped up a train table for practically nothing, it is really simple but my boys played on it for 2 hoursthe first day it was up. They wouldn't even let me paint it. so here are the steps it took to build.
There is no right way to do this I didn't really even draw it out before, which I usually do.
I didn't want to buy any 4x4 posts so I used 2x4's for the legs. just tall eough for the kids to reach.
then I used 1x6's for the sides, just screwed them to the legs with a 1.5 inch lip on the top.
then I had a sheet of beadboard that I used upside down for the table top and screwed it to the top of the legs and put a brace down the middle for support. Then I stained it with Minwax Walnut gel stain and hand painted what the kids wanted on the top. Dirt, grass, gravel, sand and a road for their cars. That is it, I will be putting a protective covering but the kids said I could do it later.. Thanks boys your so supportive.
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