The New Train Table

Written by TJ on May 21st, 2009

A few weeks ago, Henry and I worked on a new table so that he could play trains without being obstructed by me when I build at my desk. I had a large oval of LEGO track around my building desk, and every time Henry wanted to run the trains, they got in the way of our building area. It also didn’t help that he wanted to park the trains right out front and mess with them. This made building anything difficult.

So, I decided to build him his very own and separate train/building table (and remove the track from mine).



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He and I worked on the design first. Actually, I came up with several different layouts, showed them to him, and then let him pick what he wanted. I also told him that I was going to paint it a LEGO color, and he immediately said, “GREEN!”. Green is his favorite color.

So, I took a few of his Duplo bricks to Lowes and had them match LEGO green and also dark bley (bluish gray). The gray was for the legs of the table and also another project I’m working on (more about that later). Lowes had no problem matching the gray, but they couldn’t get the green right. I found a paint chip in their selection that was pretty close and went with that. Both colors turned out to be very close and just slightly lighter than the real LEGO colors.



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He loves the table. He now has his own area to run trains and also build. He’s dumped out a bunch of bricks into the space inside the loops of track and is messing around with building his own train cars. He’s more enthusiastic than ever about LEGO trains and building with the pieces. As soon as I get home from work and step through the front door, it’s “LEGO-time!” and he drags me upstairs to play :-)

2 Comments so far ↓

  1. May
    21
    11:15
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    Fred

    Wow, great to see you are back to bringing us more of your LEGO creations and insight.

    Your table is particularly interesting as I’m getting ready to build one myself; I didn’t think to match LEGO colors (I probably still won’t… it’ll just make pieces of those colors hard to find in a pile on the table!).

    Looking forward to seeing more and the new site design.

  2. May
    21
    11:32
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    admin

    Thanks! And hang in there… more stuff is coming. I promise :-)

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