lego table with storage
After stepping on Lego’s for FOREVER, I decided it was time to build my son his own Lego Table with storage, putting me one happy step closer towards the completion of my son’s Superhero themed bedroom.  If you remember last summer I made him the really cool Superhero Toy Box, then it was on to the Superhero Wall Posters that we decoupaged onto wood, and now I get to share this really cool Lego Table.  This table is multi-functional with lots of storage for thousands of Lego’s.  First, it has storage both underneath the Lego table top, a storage pocket off to the side of the table top, and a shelf underneath.  The Lego table top is removable and portable and can be carried anywhere your little one wants to take it.  So, they can sit at the table and play with Lego’s or on the floor with the removable tray.  Long gone are my days of stepping on Lego’s (hopefully)!

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So, I’m kind of obsessed with desks, but when you have as many people living in your house as I do you would understand.  Someone always needs you to sign something, write something down, kids have to do homework, etc…you get the point. Well, this desk is super quick and easy to build and fits in small spaces.

I know, here I go again.  Another lap desk.  But this one is super easy to make, and when you have 5 kids everyone wants something!  To top it all off, I used finishing wax which makes for a really durable and nice finish.  I also used a spray paint directly over the wood without primer and then sanded it some to give it a little of a worn look.  All of this leading to a really cute desk!

4- 9"         1x2
2- 16 1/2" 1x2
1- 11 1/2" 1x2
2- 13"       1/2
1- 18"x13" 1/4in plywood

Step 1:

Attach the 18" 1x2 to the 11 1/2" 1x2 using 1 1/4" screws and wood glue.  I used a corner clamp to ensure that the boards stayed square while attaching.

Step 2:

For this step, I attached the 11 1/2" board directly in the center using 1 1/4" screws and wood glue.  This is to make sure that the top has a little extra support since I chose to go with a very thin plywood. 

Step 3:

Now, simply come from the inside and attach each leg (9" 1x2) to the inside of the desk top using 1 1/4" screws and wood glue.  Be sure to screw from the inside so that you don't have to fill any holes in later.  Of course, as you know, I didn't do this on my first go round...brain freeze.

Once all legs are attached it should look something like this....
Step 4:

For this step, attach the top with 1" finishing nails and wood glue.  Once the top is attached, sand the entire table smooth.

Step 5:

Choose a color for the desk and spray paint, allow to dry, and then sand.  Make sure to leave some wood exposed to give it that old look.  Once that is completed, just take some finishing wax and rub over desk following the instructions.  
Final Step:


By the end of this project I hope you are like me, sighing relief!  I am so happy to finally have something to rest my computer on besides my legs, and a place to put my some of my supplies.  This desk was actually very simple, and it took just some of my scrap wood that I already had on hand.  My children have already taken over, of course. So, I'm sure I'll be making a lot more in the future!

1- 48"   2x2
1- 6'     1x4 or 1x3
1- 24"x11 1/2"  3/4"plywood
1- 24" 1x2

1 set of hinges


4- 11" 2x2
2- 21" 1x4
2- 10" 1x4
1- 11 1/2"x24" 3/4" plywood or 1x12
1- 24" 1x2

To begin...Once you have cut all the pieces, drill pocket holes on both ends of each 1x4.  Then, take the first 1x4 and attach it to the inside of the leg and flush with the top.  There should be a 3/4" gap to the front of the 1x4.  If you note in the picture you will do this to all the 1x4, so basically they will form a "box in the center when you are done attaching them all.  Note that both 1x4s meet together at a 90 degree angle, and if you were to look from the front view you should note a 3/4" gap.  Tip:  When attaching the boards, it may difficult to leave the gap, so it will make it easier if you rest another board of the same thickness as the 1x4 underneath.


This is an example that I took from another project just to show you how to help keep the distance you need from the edge when attaching the sides to the legs.


Now, once all the sides have been attached this is what it should look like.  You should have the beginning frame of your beautiful desk.  At this point, it is important to check for square and adjust as needed. 


Take the 1/4" plywood board and cut a 3/4" square out of each corner.  This will allow the plywood bottom to not only cover the drawer, but to also make sure there are no gaps.  Of course, if you cut too much you could end up with a blooper just as myself....see below.  What can I say?  You win some and you lose some.


So, after I repaired the blooper with some wood filler and then attached a 1x2 board to the top edge with glue and screws.  This will act as the support ledge for the desk top and is where you will mount one side of your hinges.  You will want to make sure that this board is attached securely.

To finish off the table, you will want to stain or paint all the parts, to include the top that is not attached at this point.  Once this has been done, then attach the top to the desk with the hinges.  As you can see in the picture, I used modge podge and attached card stock to the top of my desk.  I also then let a little stain smudge into the edge to give it and older look.  All in all I think it turned out wonderful....just check out the pictures below!  It would be even better if I could get it back from my children:)