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Build a Train Table For Thomas the Tank Engine!

David Altman

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Have you considered building a train table or a hobby table for your children? Why not? It is actually very easy.

My son, Rob, wanted a table for his son so he could play with his Thomas the Tank Engine.   That way, the pieces of the train would stay on the table and were not all over the floor.    Rob wanted the table to be strong so if his son climbed on top of the table, it would not buckle under him.   What he wanted simply was not available unless he wanted to pay a small fortune for it.   For that reason, Rob decided to build the table.  

It had to be fairly basic as he had a very limited amount of tools. It also had to be completed partly indoors and partly outdoors due to his limited space, and quickly as his son was having a birthday party in a couple of days.   Rob wanted to unveil the table at the party.  

The base of the train table size was determined by the sizes of precut lumber the local big box carried.   This was to reduce the amount of board cutting.   He wanted a good looking wood finish that could be stained or painted.   He wanted the train/hobby table to be durable and strong for his son and to last a long time.

Rob finally decided to build a table 2 feet wide by 4 feet long and 2 feet high.   Simple hand tools could be used and the result would meet his requirements.

If you have and can use basic wood working tools, you can make a table for your child.  

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