Midcentury Modern Lego Table

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thecreatedhome added on 4/1/2017

This table is built using Purebond plywood, though you can use walnut wood if you have it! It features a flip up lid at the right side for storage, and a detachable section that allows the table to be used either as a long desk or a shorter L shaped desk.

Directions

Follow the steps below to complete this project.

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Step 1:

Make your rip cuts on the table saw or with a circular saw. Veneered plywood tears out if you zip it through the saw like any other piece of wood. To prevent tear out run a piece of painters tape down the cut line. You can do so on both sides of the plywood for extra security. Whether you are using a circular saw or table saw you will want a plywood blade. These blades have a thinner kerf and more teeth. There are additional steps, such as fitting your table saw with an insert, but I find that taping and using the correct blade are the biggest things you can do. Take your time, measure carefully, and focus through this step following the cuts as directed in the cut list.

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Step 2:

Dry fit everything together and mark which edges need to be banded. Edge band everything that will show, in both modular arrangements. Attach and trim according to manufacturer instructions, and sand smooth. Helpful hint: This is a good step to do inside while listing to a podcast or something. After the banding is applied assemble the sections using glue and finish nails.

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Step 3:

Make the drawers. I used my Kreg Jig to attach the drawer sides. Do not worry about filling the pocket holes as the Lego boxes inside the drawers hide them. I used poplar because it paints nicely. Rip all of the 1 x 6 pieces down to 4 1/2" then cut all of the wood pieces to 4 1/2" on the miter saw. There is no need for a separate face frame or even for sliding hardware. Before assembling the boxes add a groove to slot the drawer bottom into. To do this I simply set my table saw to leave 1/4" at the bottom of the drawer side, raised the blade until it would cut 1/4" of material, and then ran the drawer through twice with the bottom of the piece against the fence, adjusting the saw in 1/8 for the second cut so the channel would be 1/4".

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Step 4:

I made 8 boxes to hold the different Lego colors. My boxes are each 7 3/4" x 9 1/2". Obviously you can make them whatever size you like, as long as they fit inside the drawers. To construct these I simply glued and nailed the sides together, then did the same to add the bottoms. Then I painted them all different colors to help the kiddos organize their Legos.

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Step 5:

Attach the hairpin legs. The legs simply screw into the bottom. I set mine back from the edge 3/4" all around. This is the best step because it's pretty well instant gratification. I got these from diyhairpinlegs.com. They have a ton of different colors as well, which was totally tempting. Next build, next build...

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Step 6:

Attach the modular hardware. I used a couple T brackets and screwed them into the bottom of the two sections. I chose to make the top of the T the part that could be disconnected to attach to one section or the other, but I don't think it really matters. The modular feature functions simply by unscrewing the two screws that hold each bracket and reattaching them in the other section. Boom. That simple.

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Step 7:

Apply the finish. I recommend an oil to pop that sweet walnut grain. Yes, it is a Lego table for kids. If it's a problem I'll go back and put something more durable on, but so far there haven't been any issues. Salad Bowl is my go to finish of choice when you have some sweet grain to show off.

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Step 8:

Install the hardware. Use concealed hinges for the flip up lid. You will want to use the Kreg Concealed Hinge Jig for this, as it makes installation a breeze. Follow the instructions and you'll have it done in no time. Once the hinges are attached there are three screws you can adjust to move the box lid right where you want it. Then attach the lid support according to manufacture instructions. This one is pretty simple.

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Step 8:

Install the hardware. Use concealed hinges for the flip up lid. You will want to use the Kreg Concealed Hinge Jig for this, as it makes installation a breeze. Follow the instructions and you'll have it done in no time. Once the hinges are attached there are three screws you can adjust to move the box lid right where you want it. Then attach the lid support according to manufacture instructions. This one is pretty simple.

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Step 9

Build some freaking sweet Lego creations, you building master, you.

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(3) 2x4, Quarter Sheet, Plywood  
(1) 1x6, 96", Board  
(1) 2x4, Quarter Sheet, Plywood  
(12) 1/4" Thick, 36", Board  
(1) 1/4" Thick, 24", Board  

Hardware/Supplies:

Parts/Cut List:

(3) 3/4" walnut plywood, 24" x 18"  
(1) 3/4" walnut plywood, 42" x 18"  
(1) 3/4" walnut plywood, 18" x 18"  
(6) 3/4" walnut plywood, 4 1/2" x 18"  
(2) 3/4" walnut plywood, 5 1/4" x 18"  
(2) 3/4" walnut plywood, 6 3/4" x 12"  
(2) 3/4" walnut plywood, 6 3/4" x 24"  
(1) 1/4" thick by 6" wide wood, 22 1/2"  
(4) 1x6 wood, 22 1/2" long  
(4) 1 x 6 wood, 16 1/2 long  
(1) 1/4 plywood, 21 1/2" x 17"  
(16) 1/4" thick x 4" wide board, 7 3/4" lengths  
(24) 1/4" thick x 4" wide board, 9 1/2" lengths  

Extras:

http:// http://thecreatedhome.com/2017/04/midcentury-modular-lego-table/ Visit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp1gJOaVuD0 Visit

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