Project Overview

Kids love having a place of their own to play and this toy table fits the bill. They can play with their toys on the table and neatly put them away in storage tubs underneath when they’re finished. It’s easy to make and will may even save you some cleaning up time. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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Measure twice, cut once

You can rub out a pencil mark but you can’t undo a cut from your saw. Whether you are working with timber, tiles, glass or any other building material, you should always double check your measurements before you cut.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Pre-cut the timber to size
2 Mark up the inside corners
3 Cut out the inside corners
4 Measure and mark for the storage tubs
5 Cut out the storage tub cavities
6 Sand the panels
7 Measure and mark for the table top
8 Fix the two sides, back and top together
9 Fix the bottom shelf
10 Fix the central divider and front panel
11 Putty and sand the table
12 Paint the table
13 Glue felt to the table top
14 Time to play
  • Step 1. Pre-cut the timber to size

    To make this project easier, you can have your ply panel pre-cut to size at your local Bunnings. We had ours cut to 2 lengths of 400mm x 1000mm for the front and back, 2 lengths of 400mm x 765mm for the sides, 2 lengths of 1000mm x 762mm for the top and base and 1 length of 240mm x 765mm for the central divider.
  • Step 2. Mark up the inside corners

    On the ply for the front and back, the two 400mm x 1000mm lengths, measure in 150mm from each side and 70mm up and mark out your cutout on both sides then connect them with a straight line. For the sides pieces, the two 400 x 765mm lengths, mark in 134mm and 70mm up and mark up and connect with a straight line. You can make round edges at the corners by tracing around something circular like a spray paint can.
  • Step 3. Cut out the inside corners

    Clamp each panel to the workbench and use the jigsaw to cut out the inside corners.
  • Step 4. Measure and mark for the storage tubs

    We want to cut out two cavities on the front panel for the storage tubs. To measure and mark for these, find the centre of the front panel and measure 8mm either side of this point, which will be the divider between the tubs. Now measure and mark for the cavities according to the size of your tubs. Be sure to measure at the widest part of the tub and also allow a little space above the tub so you can get them in and out easily. Use the spray paint can to round all of the corners like the previous steps
  • Step 5. Cut out the storage tub cavities

    Clamp the front panel to the workbench. Use a large 13mm drill bit to make holes large enough to fit the jigsaw blade. Then insert the jigsaw blade into one of the holes and cut out the cavities where you’ve marked.
  • Step 6. Sand the panels

    Hand sand with 180 grit sandpaper all of the internal edges that you’ve cut with the jigsaw for a smooth finish. It’s easier to do this before the table is assembled.
  • Step 7. Measure and mark for the table top

    We want the table top to be recessed so that toys don’t fall off it. Measure 50mm down from the top of the panels for the position of the table top and mark with a straight line.
  • Step 8. Fix the two sides, back and top together

    To assemble the table, run glue around the edges of the panels before you fix them off with your nail gun. You should clamp the side panels as you go to keep them secure. For more support, you can brace the panels with an offcut of timber to ensure it stays secure while working.
  • Step 9. Fix the bottom shelf

    Now it’s time to glue and fix off the bottom shelf. Remember, it should sit flush to the cut out that you made to create the legs at the base of the unit.
  • Step 10. Fix the central divider and front panel

    Before securing the front panel, fix the central divider into place. Glue and use the nail gun to secure it. A handy tip when securing the divider is to measure and mark the centre of the table top so that your nails are inserted in a straight line. Now, glue and fix the front panel into place. Remove excess glue as you go.
  • Step 11. Putty and sand the table

    To give the table a great finish, fill any nail holes and gaps with putty. Leave to dry before sanding until it’s smooth with an orbital sander and 180 grit sandpaper. You can use a 180 grit sanding block for any spots that are difficult to reach with the sander.
  • Step 12. Paint the table

    Now it’s time to paint your table. We chose blue for the panels and green for the space between the table top and the top of the panels. We also spray painted the cavity for the storage tubs black. When using spray paint work in a well ventilated area, follow the instructions on the can and apply as many coats as needed. Don’t forget to mask up any areas of the toy table where you don’t want paint to go.
  • Step 13. Glue felt to the table top

    Once your paint is dry, measure and mark the felt to fit the table top you’ve made. Cut the felt to size with a utility knife and a straight edge. Once it’s cut to size, use glue to fix it into place. Use plenty of glue so the felt doesn’t move when the kids are playing on it.
  • Step 14. Time to play

    Now it’s time to move the toy table into position. Fill the storage tubs with the kids’ favourite toys and they’ll be happily playing for hours.
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