Make Your Own Train Table

Making your own table is not as hard as you’d think!  Really, you only need a piece of wood large enough to hold the whole train set, some glue and paint!

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I started out with the basic train track set I’d gotten for $10 at IKEA years ago.  I was tired of putting it together every time my girl wanted to play with the train.  A little thought and about an hour of my time and I had a completed train table for a LOT LESS than I’d have paid at the store {and, it goes away easily when you are done playing with it!}

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I had an extra piece of Wainscoting in the garage that I used for the base.  

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I traced the track once I had it fully assembled, although after the fact I realized I didn’t really need that step.  I ended up just picking up one piece of track at a time, gluing it, and then doing the next piece.

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Once the track is assembled and glued down, give it about 10 minutes to fully dry.  Use a pencil to outline the roads, ponds, etc., and then get busy painting!  I’m not a fancy painter, so it could have been prettier if I’d taken my time, but it’s just going to get stomped on, spilled on, etc., so I breezed through the painting!  I also really need some rocks and maybe ducks in the pond – but that’s not getting done with MY hand – there’s zero artistic ability in my bones!  In order to keep it “slide under the bed-able” I chose not to glue on cute trees and other fun decorations.  {the princesses are NOT glued on

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For me, the best part is being able to move it under the bed when I want!

About Melanie L.

Melanie works full time at Tuft & Needle and blogs part time evenings and weekends when her daughter is working on the cars with her dad!

15 thoughts on “Make Your Own Train Table

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  3. I know this is an older post and you probably wont see this comment, but I wanted to know the dimensions of the wood that you used for this product. We got our son the same Ikea track for Christmas and I would love to make this diy.

    1. I see ALL of my comments! The wood I used it 21″ x 48″. It is just a piece of wainscoting that I had on hand, but they certainly will cut it for you that size at Home Depot! Good luck. We still use it at least a few times a week!

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