Making a Lego table
My kids love Lego.
I love Lego too. Except when walking through the living room in the dark and 'finding' a piece with the bottom of my foot. That, I don't love so much. So a couple of years ago, I decided to get a Lego table for the girls for Christmas. That way they could play to their hearts' content and not have to put everything away at the end of the day, and yet the tender soles of my feet would remain unscathed.
Then I started pricing Lego tables. They were ridiculously expensive. Like $120 or more. I figured I could do better for less. And I did.
Take 1 Lack side table from IKEA ($14.99):
Add 4 Lego base plates from Playvalue ($7.99 each):
Align base plates carefully* and stick down on table surface with plastic-friendly adhesive ($2.99). Allow to dry.
Add 2 buckets of Lego pieces ($10.00 each on sale):
And you have a great Lego table and almost 1000 pieces of Lego, for around $70.
Not puncturing the bottom of your foot and saying words the kids don't need to hear: priceless.
*There is a trick that you need to know. First, don't butt the plates up against each other, or the spacing will be off. You need to attach the base plates to each other with a few pieces of Lego before sticking the base plates down, so that blocks will be able to be attached over the gaps between the plates. You can use a 4-bump brick at the centre, and a couple of bricks down each side in order to get the spacing of the gap between the plates just right.
It's a great gift, and one my kids are still playing with
I just checked the Ikea and Playvalue websites, and the table and base plate costs are still the same as last year. Of course you can buy a small table and Lego at other stores as well, and the costs probably won't be much different.
Good luck, and drop me a comment if you make one!