I have six kids, five of which are boys, and they ALL love legos. I used to take solace in the fact that at least my little girl wouldn't be collecting huge lego sets...Until they came out with Lego Friends...sigh
Now don't get me wrong I love legos. I mean really, they are probably the best toys for kids. They inspire creativity, imagination, and help develop fine motor skills. Right!?! I want that for my kids.
Click here to get the PDF Lego Table Building Plans. *I also want to note that I will still do a tutorial in this post which will have some building tips and tricks that are not in the plan so if you decide to build these please read both! I made these tables to fit my family's needs, so I will include a couple of ideas for modifying the plan in this post, if you have a desire to do so.
Oh man is it ever cool! It makes attaching drawer slides accurate and easy. You can see that it even has a foot guide for adding multiple drawer slides at the same height without measuring (right).
So I attached them from the back. I figured out that if I added a small spacer (a thin piece of wood attached with painters tape see photo above) to my jig I could get my drawer slide in the right place by attaching them from the back. So I jigged the jig, and it was awesome. Funny thing is when I built my Reclaimed Wood Media Console a month after these tables I ended up jigging the jig again but from the front this time, you can see how here.
Flat butt hinges to attach the doors to the sides. Then I needed to get some scrap wood to make a stop for my magnetic catches. I just glued and nailed it onto the inside of the the top 1x2 support and it worked great (middle and right). I also used some thin old blind pieces between the door and the magnetic piece because the screw was a little longer than the thickness of my door (left).
ring pulls, especially since I had to drill for six doors.
folding leg brackets at Rockler that were the answer to all my woes. They were perfect, in fact I was super impressed with the quality of all their products!
The best part is that they are super easy to install and easy to use. It is important to stagger them so that they lay flat when folded up. Simply screw the legs to the bracket and then screw the bracket to the back piece. I measured to get the length for my legs after built the table and installed the 4'' casters. I never ended up painting the legs...who knows if I ever will! :)
piano hinge to the back piece, I cut my piano hinge with a sawzall to get it the right length. I clamped my back piece to my drawers (which I obviously removed) so it could stand it up while I screwed on the piano hinge (left photos). Then I attached the back piece to the lego table with the piano hinge (right).