Behind our couch in the living room lives a monster. A green eyed sharp toothed growling aggressive monster. It haunts me at night. Oh heck, it haunts me during the day too. It’s been known to devour small children and consume organizer’s souls.
It’s our children’s playtable. beware. it can see you and is hungry.
So Jeremy and I decided that we wanted to take every single toy off it and turn it into a train table. Will got a Melissa & Doug train set
to celebrate Weston’s arrival and setting it up was numero uno on our to-do list. The problem was that I am a commitment-phobe. I know that there will come a time when Will will no longer play trains every single day. The day will come and I will weep quarts of tears. And I don’t want to scrap this playtable just because we commited to a train setup. Gotta think of the future siblings afterall 🙂
Instead the plan was to cut a tabletop piece the exact same time as the existing top. Jeremy just used some 1/2″ plywood. He clamped them together and marked the sides.
Then using the table saw, he cut it to size.
After that, we sanded it down and applied two coats of PolyShades stain & polyurethane in one to the top.
Then Jer and I set up the train tracks. Since there are a ton of configurations, we chose the one that used the depot, both bridges and had an inner and outer track. Jer took piece by piece apart and applied the wood glue. It took a lot of patience but it is super sturdy for when Will tests it with ‘crashing train wrecks’.
On one end of the train table, we wanted to be able to lift up the board. The existing top had a couple holes drilled in it for that very purpose. We decided that a handle would probably be the better fit in this situation. One end of the board had a little bit more room left for this very specific purpose.
I found a cheapo handle in my stash (I always pick through the clearance bin at Home Depot and Lowes for goodies).
Here’s our trick for attaching handles perfectly….take a piece of Frog Tape and stretch it out over both holes.
Then use a sharp object like a pencil (well, some pencils aren’t sharp but that’s neither here nor there) and puncture the holes.
Then remove the tape from the handle and place it on the board.
Then you predrill through the tape and into the board.
The screws should be perfectly placed.
The handle was the last finishing touch. All we had to do was place the new top on the old one.
Will is obsessed.
And I am happy too. The new table looks so much better as compared to the old monster. The future plan is to keep all the toys in this room in the white storage ottomans (see the one behind Will below). Hopefully it will help keep future mess at bay.
So there you have it…a little train table update. There are a ton of different ways to skin the train table cat. I love these versions too:
p.s. This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. All opinions and jokes about Will’s toys eating you alive are mine. Except that’s no joke.