Are you looking for an innovative craft project that will keep your kids entertained and your home organized? Why not build a custom Lego storage table? In this blog, we’ll provide you with a DIY guide for building your own Lego storage table from scratch. You’ll learn how to gather the necessary materials, construct the table, and customize the design. Plus, you’ll even discover several tips to ensure that your table can stand the test of time!
1. Introduction to Building a Lego Storage Table
Lego storage tables are great for kids, families, and hobbyists alike. They provide a space for a Lego enthusiast to organize, store, and display their collection. If you want to take your organization to the next level, building a Lego storage table is the way to go.
It’s not as intimidating as it sounds: building a Lego storage table is relatively easy, with this guide to help you through it. Here we will cover:
- Materials and Tools Needed
- Step-by-Step Process on How to Build a Lego Storage Table
Before getting started, it’s important to note that the size of the table will depend on the size of the space available. You will also need to have access to a set of basic tools, such as a saw, hammer, drill, and screwdriver. Some materials you will need include plywood, a table saw, MDF board, Lego storage plate, and the appropriate screws for securing the plates.
Now that you know what’s needed, we can move on to the next step. Follow this guide to learn how to build your very own Lego storage table. With its sturdy construction and attractive design, it’s sure to be a favorite among the Lego enthusiasts in your life.
2. Benefits of Having a Lego Storage Table
1. Keeps Legos Organized: A Lego Storage Table makes it easy to store and organize thousands of Legos at once. There are plenty of compartments and drawers that help to keep the Legos apart for easy access and to prevent loss. This also keeps your workspace from getting cluttered and make it easier to find the pieces you need.
2. Allows Creativity to Soar: With a Lego Storage Table, your imagination is given more room to soar. The compartments and drawers make it easy to locate the blocks you need, so your projects can become bigger and better. You can also easily search for specific pieces in the drawers or compartments and get started quickly.
3. Work in Comfort: You can bask in comfort as you build projects when using a Lego Storage Table. The table provides a nice workspace that helps keep your posture and comfort in check and helps reduce strain in your back and neck. This helps you stay focused and finish your projects in no time.
4. Separate Parts Easily: You can easily separate parts with a Lego Storage Table. The drawers or compartments help to make it easier to store small pieces so you can pick and choose the pieces you want to use for a project. This makes it easier to concentrate on the project at hand with fewer distractions.
5. Flexible Storage: With a Lego Storage Table, your flexibility to store different items increases. You can store all of your collection in one place and have access to it any time you want. This gives you the freedom to create different projects with ease.
3. Needed Supplies and Building Preparations
Getting the right materials for your project is key to building a successful Lego storage table. To get started, you’ll need:
- Table Base: Any sturdy table base, such as an IKEA lack table, should work. Aim for one that is approximately 40”x14”, although slightly larger or smaller bases can also be used.
- Storage: You’ll need something to store the Lego pieces, such as plastic storage boxes or drawers. If you plan on putting your base in a corner, you might want to consider using corner drawers.
- Bins or Trays: Either of these will work. If you use trays, look for ones that fit snugly into the table base. If you use bins, be sure to measure carefully so that you select ones that fit into the drawer units.
- Lego Baseplates: At least 8 of these are necessary for the project.
- Screws, Nails, and Glue: To secure the components.
- Various Tools: Including a drill, saw, ruler, tape measure, and level.
Prepare the Table Base
Once you have gathered the necessary materials, you’ll need to prep the table base for assembly. Start by making sure that the table top is perfectly level; use a level to ensure that there are no dips or bumps. Then, measure the corners of the table top and make marks for where you plan to drill and add screws to secure the drawers.
Once you’ve made the marks, use a drill to add the necessary holes, and then secure the drawer units to the table base with screws. If you plan on adding a Lego baseplate to the table, you’ll need to measure and drill holes for the Lego pegs as well.
4. Detailed Building Steps
Step 1: Gather material – Before you begin, make sure to have all necessary supplies on hand, including wood screws, drill, screws, L-brackets, and wood glue. You’ll also need wood planks and a sheet of MDF (medium-density fiberboard). You can use pieces of planks to construct the frame, while the MDF board will be used to create the tabletop.
Step 2: Begin framing – Start by assembling the frame: using the wood screws, drill the planks together to form a rectangular frame. It’s important to double-check that the frame is square at each corner. Once the frame is ready, use the L-brackets to secure the pieces together.
Step 3: Attach legs – Measure and mark the places on which you need to attach the legs, making sure they are even. Use the screws provided to attach the legs securely to the frame.
Step 4: Cut and prepare board - Measure and mark the MDF sheet and cut it to size with a jigsaw. Smooth out the edges with sandpaper. Make sure to wipe off any dust with a damp cloth.
Step 5: Assemble – Using the screws, attach the MDF tabletop to the frame, making sure the legs are in the right position. Once attached, brush some wood glue along the tabletop edges and let it dry.
Step 6: Mount the drawer – Secure the drawer to the frame using the provided screws, and make sure everything is firmly in place. Once your storage table is assembled, you’re ready to start stacking!
5. Finishing Touches
- Position Decorative Fixtures: Once your feet are firmly secured, go ahead and add handles or knobs if you desire. There are many ways to complete the look and feel of your storage table.
- Add Buckets or Baskets: Place small buckets or baskets in the main area for holding pieces like wheels or tires. You can also add larger buckets for bulkier blocks and pieces that you don’t want your kids digging through in the main tray.
- Label Sections: Add labels to the smaller sections to make it easier for your children to organize their LEGO creations. You can also use these labels for storage theme, such as LEGO City, LEGO Mine Craft, etc.
- Paint: If desired, go ahead and break out the acrylic paints and sponges to take your table to the next level. You can follow any theme you want with colors and designs.
- Attach Wheels: Attaching wheels to the bottom of the table is an often overlooked feature. This will allow your kids to move the table around the room with ease and won’t damage your floors.
Apply a layer of poly-acrylic sealer to protect your project and give the table a nice and polished look. All components are now in place and this is the perfect time to admire your craftsmanship. It’s time to show off your kid’s new storage table and watch how their faces light up when they see it complete.
6. Troubleshooting Tips
If you have completed your Lego storage table project, but are experiencing some issues, here are some to help you out:
- Check Connectors: Make sure all connections are secure and double check that all the screws and bolts are tight.
- Test Durability: If your build is still unstable, try adding extra wood or thicker wood to ensure that there are no weak points.
- Evaluate Stability: Make sure the table is stable and not overly wobbly. Add bracing to any wobbly joints or use thicker wood to improve stability.
- Clean Cleaning: If your surface is dirtied up, use an all-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloth to wipe away any debris. This should restore the table to its original condition.
- Check the Finish: Make sure that any paint or stain you’re using is applied evenly and is not too thick or too thin. If the finish is not to your liking, you can always remove it and start over.
- Adjust the Height: If the height is not comfortable for you, you can add some extra pieces of wood or cut down the legs. This will help make the table the perfect height for your needs.
By following these , you should be able to keep your Lego storage table working properly for years to come.
7. Final Thoughts
Finishing off your own DIY Lego storage table is a complicated but rewarding task. With a few tools, some determination, and some patience, you’ll have a storage system that keeps Lego pieces in order and makes playing and building easier than ever. Here are some of the key takeaways after completing this DIY project:
- Measure Well: Unlike other DIY projects, the key to this one is measuring the room and cutting the materials exactly to the right size. Accuracy here will make a big difference in the end result.
- Make Connectors: Since the design of a Lego table depends heavily on the type and amount of Lego pieces used, having correctly-made connectors is key if you want the table to last for a long time.
- Be Creative: Although this is a wooden structure, don’t be afraid to add some extra accessories. Adding lights, toys, and other attachments to the Lego table will make it even more custom and unique.
In the end, creating a Lego storage table is a great project for anyone with a love of building and who enjoys a challenge. Not only is it fun and rewarding to build, but will also give you a finished product that will keep your Lego pieces organized and your playtime much more fun. Good luck!
If you have a knack for DIY projects and are looking for a stylish way to store your Legos, then building a Lego storage table is the perfect way to do so. With these handy instructions, you can now make a Lego storage table that not only looks great but also helps you easily store and organize all your Lego pieces. So get out the tools and materials, and let’s get to work!