My son Brayden started taking an interest in building blocks so I thought a LEGO table would be a welcomed addition to his corner of or living room. Since this LEGO table would be on display for everyone to see I decided to build it out of red oak and give it a nice stain. Personally, I think it turned out beautifully but it could just as easily be built out of pine (common boards) for that rustic farmhouse look. Below I have included detailed and, as always, totally free DIY LEGO table plans. I hope you enjoy! Please post your finished projects in the brag area so I can see!
- Jig Saw
- Miter Saw
- Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig
- Cordless Drill
- Tape Measure
- Safety Glasses
- Ear Protection
*List is based on the assumption that the LEGO plates are truly 10″ x 10″. It has been brought to my attention that some may be slightly larger (1/32″ – 1/16″) Measure and if they are slightly larger or smaller you may need to adjust to fit.
- 2x 2 x 2 x 36″ (If you are using common boards, one 2 x 2 x 8′ will work)
- 2x 1 x 3 x 6′
- 2x 1 x 4 x 6′
- 1x 3/4 x 48 x 48″
- 1x 3/4″ screen moulding
- 8x Green or Blue LEGO Building Plate (10″ x 10″)
- Liquid Nails Adhesive
- 1-1/4″ Coarse Washer-Head Pocket Screws
- 4x 2 x 2 x 18″ (Cut the 2 x 2 x 36″ stock exactly in half)
- 4x 1 x 3 x 32″
- 2x 1 x 4 x 37″
- 2x 1 x 4 x 30″
- 1x 3/4 x 30 x 30″
- 4x 3/4″ screen moulding cut to 10″ in length with 45 degree cuts at each end
Step 1: Assemble Table Base
Drill two pocket holes at each end of the interior of your 1x3x30″ boards. Set them back 1/2″ from the face of your 2x2x18″ legs and screw and glue them in place using 1-1/4 pocket hole screws.
Step 2: Cut hole in plywood
Now cut out the 10×10 LEGO storage opening in the center of the 30×30 plywood. I found the easiest way to draw the square accurately was to line the LEGO tile up with the outside edge and draw a line using the interior side. A cutout tool is great for this kind of thing but if you don’t have one just start out your cutout using a large drill bit at each corner and then finish off using a jigsaw.
Step 3: Attach trim rail to plywood
Drill pocket holes in each end of the 1x4x30″ boards and all around the outside edge of the plywood as shown. Screw and glue the 1×4’s to the outside edge of the plywood using 1-1/4 pocket hole screws. Then, screw the 1×4’s at the corners using 1-1/4 pocket hole screws.
Step 4: Attach base to top
Dill pocket holes in the base as shown in the picture. Then, with the top laying upside down, lay the base on the top and then, while maintaining 1 inch from each post to the outside of the tabletop, screw the base to the top using 1-1/4 pocket hole screws.
Step 5: Apply Finish
Now is the best time to finish your project. After installing the LEGO storage it could get a little messy! 🙂 Below is what I chose to go with but your options are limitless.
After preparing the surface of the wood, I chose to go with a Minwax dark walnut stain. The benefits of using a nice species of wood like red oak is that the stain turns out beautifully.
After allowing the stain to dry I chose to use a clear gloss polyurethane. I applied 5 coats evenly knocking down the surface with a 3M Between Coats Finishing Pad in between coats and after the final coat was dry I smoothed it out with the 3M Final Finishing Pad.
Step 6: Glue the LEGO Building Plates down
Now glue down the LEGO building plates as shown using liquid nails adhesive or an equivalent. Make sure that LEGO dots on these building plates line up with the adjacent plates. If this doesn’t happen then your little one will have a hard time laying blocks across the joints.
Step 7: Add the LEGO storage
Another option here is to use a mesh bag and staple it to the inside of the hole.
Are you as cheap as I am? It was a lot more work but I had a mesh metal waste bin laying around that was close in size but a little too long so I dropped it in the hole and when it was level drew a line and cut it around the perimeter so that it would be an exact fit. I then stapled it to the inside of the hole.
Step 8: Trim the LEGO storage hole
Use finishing nails to attach the screen moulding to the interior of the LEGO storage hole to finish it off.