DIY: Make Your own LEGO Table

My girls are really getting into LEGO sets, and I wanted them to both have a table that they could use to build and play on.   I didn’t want to be stepping on those little LEGO’s, and I knew they would be all over the house.   I did some research and found that a table would cost us around $100, and I was hoping for two.   OUCH!   Lucky for me, my husband Rob said he could make some and he figured it would be about half the cost.   Woo Hoo!

They turned out great, and my girls love them!    All of the supplies came from Home Depot.    We found the LEGO base plates on sale for only $4.99 at www.lego.com with free shipping, so that helped reduce the overall cost.  When we searched online for similar tables we found prices ranged from $90.00 to $150.00.  If you would be interested in making your own, here is what you will need:

Supplies:

Instructions:

  • Cut MDF board to size of play area you desire (table shown is 30″ L by 20″ W) keeping in mind the LEGO plates are 10 x 10
  • Cut 8 pieces of MDF board for the legs (9 1/2″ high by 4″ wide – 2 pieces per side)
  • Glue 2 pieces of MDF board together using Elmer’s wood glue, clamp it and let dry for 24 hours
  • Once the legs are dry, you can attach them to the table, using the wood glue and finishing nails (4 nails per leg)
  • Glue 6 LEGO base plates to the top of the table, using Gorilla super glue. Let dry for 24 hours

Our total cost was around $45-$50 for each table.   You can paint the legs if you want the table to fit in with a certain color scheme.

Let me know if you have any questions.   I’d love to know if you plan on making one too.

The following DIY post was brought to you by Shelley, a contributor here at Thrifty and Thriving, she showed me a photo of the tables her husband made for her girls for Christmas and I practically screamed at her “THAT WOULD MAKE AN AWESOME BLOG POST!!”  

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  1. cherynnia says

    Wow, this is great. I know what I’m making my husband do when he gets home from work. Thanks for the great idea.

  2. Nanell says

    ALso check your local toys r us. They have the base plate for the same price. But you can get cash back thru ebates or shop at home.

  3. Leila S says

    We just made one for my son using the IKEA side table ($9.99) and four base plates (Amazon Prime $4.99). It nice and small and easy for him to move around his room. Now to figure out a way to store all the Lego!!

  4. Kay says

    We’ve made several – using flush hollow core doors instead of the sheet of MDF ( can find them cheap in the damaged area at home centers – or resale/ building material salvage places like Habitat for Humanity ReStores. Even if they have a hole in one side – the baseplates will cover any holes). We have tables 3′ wide, almost 7 feet long – my husband uses scrap trim to make an edge (so pieces don’t slide off) – and uses scrap 2×4′s to make the legs longer as the kids get taller (we started them out with the table on milk crates)

    (If you don’t glue the baseplates down, works GREAT for train tables, too – the ones you buy at the stores aren’t very long, so the tracks always have to be more circular)

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