Planning to Make Your Own Train 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 and the rest, well… it’s easy peasy!
How To Make Your Own Train Table
This train table started out with a $10 basic train track set from IKEA. It’s the perfect use for a train set you’re tired of putting together and taking apart – over and over again.
A little thought and about an hour of time and you’ll have a completed train table for a LOT LESS than you would have paid at the store and you know the best part is that it slides under the bed and out of sight.
Look around your house for a large piece of wood because you never know what you might find. I had an extra piece of Wainscoting in the garage that I used for the base and it was perfect!
It’s easiest if you lay out the whole track, and then pick up one piece of track at a time, glue it, and continue to the next piece.
Once the track is assembled and glued down, give it about 10 minutes to fully dry and then use a pencil to outline the roads and ponds before you start painting.
If you want to get fancy, you can paint trees and rocks. This table really needs some rocks and maybe ducks in the pond, but I’m not an artist. If you’re not artistic, it can be made simple with no extras and be just as fun.
I would recommend you not glue on cute trees because this will keep it slim for sliding under the bed.
For me, the best part is being able to move it under the bed when I want!
This post originally published in May 2013.
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!