It’s quite evident that I’m a huge LEGO fan. I’m also the father to 18 month old twin daughters. They get into everything, especially they stray LEGO brick that gets left behind. While the LEGO years are still a bit off in the distance, I’ve been itching to get them started via the Duplo system for some time now.
Inspired by a few posts over at Ikea Hackers, I decided to build a LEGO table for the twins’ playroom. It just so happened that I had all of the required elements to construct this project.
(1) Ikea LACK side table
(1) Tube of Gorilla Glue
(2) 10″x10″ Green LEGO Baseplates
(4) 5″x10″ Green LEGO Baseplates
Now you may be asking, “why LEGO baseplates and not Duplo?” The answer is simple, I only wanted to make this thing once, and the Duplo window is much shorter. Besides Duplo bricks are compatible with the LEGO baseplate.
Unfortunately I did not detail the assembly phase as it is quite simple. I simply measured and centered the baseplates on the table (this left about 5/8″ border). The trick before you lay down your adhesive is to connect the baseplates with a LEGO brick, as their needs to be a small amount of space between each brick to click in across all of the baseplates. After adequate drying time, and the help of some heavy books your kids will be good to go.
Once all set, lay down your adhesive of choice and carefully center your baseplates. Now, my finished project might be rather simple, but I made it for next to ZERO. Luckily I had the extra table laying around the house. The baseplates came right out of my quite formidable LEGO collection. And thanks to a recent raid from my parent’s house, the twins are flush with vintage DUPLO system bricks.