Check out this adorable DIY Lego Tray I gifted!
When I was younger I remember having huge rubbermaid containers of legos that would keep my brother and I occupied for hours. My son is just starting to get into Legos and I was researching ideas to make his creations portable. There were so many cute ideas! But the one that stood out the most was the idea of a portable lego table. This is what we came up with!
Lego Base Plate: This is where I got mine—-> Amazon Base Plate
1/2″ Plywood cut 15″ x 15″ (before you do this, I would actually lay the base plate on top and draw the square and then cut the wood. We realized after the fact that the base plates are actually a millimeter or two bigger than 15″ and we had to trim the base plate on our first lego tray down since we glued it in after the wood was assembled, ugh)
1″x2″ board: I got one 6″ board and then cut it down (I cut everything at Home Depot cause I’m lazy). You’ll need four cut boards, 2 15″ long and 2 16.5″ long. But if you have the ability to cut at home, then I would do that because of the base being a millimeter off.
Finishing nails and brad nailer: We tried to use a Kreg Jig first to attach the side of the board to the base, but it was a horrible disaster, there just wasn’t enough wood to bite into. I saw some other tutorials where this was successful and we are just scratching our heads wondering how in the heck they got it to work.
Fine Sand Paper and sander to make life easier
Paint or stain
Construction adhesive (we used Gorilla)
Felt Circles: for the bottom so it doesn’t scratch any surfaces the tray is sat on
- Buy materials and cut boards as instructed in materials section. As I mentioned above, I had the wood cut at Home Depot. Bring the Lego Base Plate which you so you can trace it on the plywood to ensure they cut it just right. Have them cut two pieces of 1″x2″ board to exactly match two sides of the board (so it should be around 15″ long). Then have them cut two more boards to fit across the remaining two sides (which will span the plywood as well as the two already cut 15″ boards).
- Sand all the wood
- Stain/Paint the wood (we didn’t do this for the first one which you’ll see in the pictures below and we definitely learned our lesson). For one tray I used the favorite color of the boy the gift was intended for. The second one I used a dark walnut stain. Be creative! I also used Chalk Board paint on the underside of the plywood so it can be flipped over and used to draw on. The gift included some chalk and a Lego Set to go along with the Lego Tray.
- Before I assembled all the wood into the tray, I picked a 1″x2″ piece to paint the name of the future owner of the tray on the side. I got some letter stencils from Michael’s.
- Glue the base plate to the plywood
- Lay the plywood on a flat surface (lego plate face up) and sit the 15″ boards on opposite sides. Use construction adhesive first and then tack the boards to the plywood using a brad nailer (I used 1.5″ brads). The glue and brad nails proved sufficient to keep the tray sturdy. We tried to use the Kreg Jig on our first tray and it was a horrible disaster. So then we screwed the sides in and used wood hole fillers to make it look cleaner but it kept splitting the plywood (you’ll see this in the pics below too). We don’t think screws are necessary.
- Next, get the 16.5″ boards and do the same thing you just did on the remaining sides
- Attach the felt pads to the underside of the tray if you wish. I also attached some handles to the first tray we did to make carrying it easier.
As you can see…. I suckered my parents into helping as usual;)
As you can see…. I suckered my parents into helping as usual;) I was really happy with how both tray’s came out, but we definitely learned from our mistakes on the first one.