[Lego Table]: Part 2

First Cut

After letting the lumber acclimate for a week, I’m back in the shop, ready to work on the Lego Table. During the time I waited, I worked on other projects (The New Sawhorses, and Mallet 2.0).

First order of business was to get the wood cut to length for the top and bottom boxes. I pulled out the miter saw station from hibernation and started cutting. Despite not being used for over a year, she worked just fine and in no time, I had my parts ready to go.

I decided to use pocket hole screws and glue to attach the end pieces to the side pieces on both the top and bottom boxes (the bottom will have a layer of 1/2” plywood to stiffen things up and provide a shelf).


Once I had all the holes drilled—I love that Kregg jig!!!—I realized that my bench (still half-covered by a year’s worth of in activity) just wasn’t big enough to assemble this table. The table will be 50” long and 29 1/2” deep by 28” high.

Bring on the sawhorses! I love it—I just made these things and already they’re proving their worth. I pulled out the plywood I’ll be using to make the base shelf (4’x4’ of 1/2” ACX for those of you keeping score at home) and placed it across the horses. Instant assembly table!


Then all I had to do was add some glue to the joints and screw things home. In minutes, I had a perfectly square frame. I then drilled pocket holes in the tubafore supports that will stretch across the inside of the upper box and create a surface for the MDF play area to rest on. I put in four of these supports.


Only then—as nap time ended—did I realize I should have checked better to make sure the tubafores were lined up:


Not bad honestly, but I can do better. First thing to do when I get back to the shop is move those bad boys and make everything flush and level.


About Marcus Richardson

Marcus attended the University of Delaware and later graduated from law school at the age of 26. Since then, he has at times been employed (or not) as: a stock boy, a cashier, a department manager at a home furnishing store, an assistant manager at and arts and crafts store, an unemployed handyman, husband, cook, groundskeeper, spider killer extraordinaire, stay at home dad, and a writer.
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