Saturday, July 7, 2012
LACK kids' table for LEGO, DUPLO or just crayons
Materials: LACK table, SAMLA boxes
Description: The LACK table is a bit too short to cover two of the 5 l SAMLA boxes, but I didn't expect it to be compatible. After all, it's not LEGO. ;-)
You'll need (Picture 1) one LACK table (55x55 cm), 4 racks of about 50 cm length for 4 5 l SAMLA boxes or two racks for 2 11 l boxes, the SAMLA boxes, 8 to 12 small screws, a drill and a pencil.
Cost 4,99 € for the LACK table, 4 x 0,79 € for the SAMLA boxes, 5,60 € for the racks and about 0,50 for the screws (I didn't have to buy them, it's only an estimate).
There were two racks with a cross section like this |_| of 110 cm length, which I cut in half, so each half is about 50,5 cm. I could probably have gotten a longer one and cut it in quarters, but then I had to transport it on my bike, which is much easier with 1 m long racks.
Then I drilled three holes into each rack, with a slightly larger diameter than the head of the screws.
I put some wood in between to make the drilling easier. I used wood drills, because they work well with plastic and they have that nice pointy top.
Through those holes, I drilled some smaller ones for the screws.
Then I took the LACK table top, marked the half and put the first rack with the opening facing away from the middle right next to the line. I fixed it with two screws, but you can use three as well. Then I put the second rack "back on back" to the first and fixed it as well. After that, You can use a SAMLA box as a guide. But take it off before you start the screwing. :D
After fixing the racks, I added the legs to the table.
You could stop there and use the boxes for crayons or any other toy.
I haven't got a DUPLO baseplate yet, so I used a LEGO size one as a placeholder (Picture 6). As DUPLO is exactly double the size of LEGO (hence the name, in case you didn't know), it worked anyway. As soon as I have a DUPLO baseplate, I will fix it with double-sided sticky tape. Just in case, he likes those toys and wants to switch to LEGO later.
His 1st birthday is in September, but I'm not sure I can wait that long to give it to him. Maybe, he'll just get some new DUPLO parts instead. He doesn't know what "birthday" is, anyway.
~ Anne, Berlin, Germany