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Published on June 21st, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Weekend Project #1: Hack a Lego table

One of the suggestions from this post was for weekend projects and I thought it was a great idea. A fun project that could be done in a day or two or less. Here’s one from Josie I think would be great for a Sunday afternoon. Am sure the kids would love it too!

Josie’s Lego Table

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What you’ll need:



Here’s how:

  1. Assemble the Ingo dining table as per instructions.
  2. Decide how may buckets you will be using.
  3. Measure the table from underneath. Why? Because there are wooden supports with this table that would interfere with any cuts you would make for the buckets. Once you have avoided them, with the remaining space, subtract the amount of space required by the number of buckets you will be using and add a few inches in between.
  4. Trofast has a few sizes of buckets. We used the white ones that are $1.50. There are some that are more shallow but wouldn’t hold very many Legos. Also, when measuring the buckets and when cutting the holes, you would think you could just cut an oval shaped insert. But no, you need to cut a rectangle because the Trofast buckets have corners underneath the support lip that stick out requiring a 90 degree cut in the wood.
  5. After measuring the rectangles for cutting we drilled in with a bit large enough to pass a jigsaw blade through it. Then cut out all four holes.
  6. Sand the edges lightly so there aren’t any slivers!
  7. Paint if you want.
  8. Glue down Lego baseplates, we used Liquid nails for plastic. Let dry over night and up to 24 hours.
  9. Insert buckets and go build!!


If you want to copy this one exactly the measurements for the cut-outs are as follows:

  • From the top measure down 2.25″.
  • From the sides measure in 4″.
  • Each rectangle that you cut needs to be 7″ across x 10.75″ long.
  • And in between each rectangle there is 3.75″.

For the lego baseplates I measured in only an inch and then put them side by side, leaving another inch on the opposite side. I put them flush with the bottom of the table.

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27 Responses to Weekend Project #1: Hack a Lego table

  1. Chaudie says:

    The image links are broken

  2. Danny says:

    This table is amazing.
    The images for this project are not loading. Someone linked to this site from pinterest and the link was which doesn’t exist. Maybe it could redirect to this page.

  3. Aaron says:

    Very cool, it might be a good idea to lower the table for younger kids as well (don’t want them standing on the chair!).

  4. corner kitchen table says:

    A fantastic idea, I will keep it in mind for when my little one starts playing with Lego…

  5. Melanie says:

    Yes, the Tofast bin lids rest inside the rim of the tubs, so they would still fit. The lids are loose though, and have a finger hole in the middle, so they would easily be removable by a toddler.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I know this was posted quite a while ago, but I’m hoping someone can answer my question anyway. Of all the lego table hacks, I think this would work best for my 5 year old. The thing is, I’m trying to figure out a way to keep the legos safe from my 1 year old twins. The way the bins are in the table, would I be able to put the Trofast lids on? And if yes, how hard are they to take off? Would a toddler be able to do it?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Love that table for my grandson who is 7. I really would like to copy it but need to know how tall it is as I would like him to be able to use it a few years as he gets older and into more difficult lego projests. MARGE

  8. [email protected] Chic Designs says:

    What a GREAT idea! I just posted a link on my blog about LEGO storage & organization & I linked back to this post! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Kenny says:

    Man, I really like this project. My sons love lego and this would be right up their alley. I think I might do it this weekend.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Great idea – one change I would make though would be to recess the plastic tubs with a router so that they sit flush with the surface of the table. Then, when you’re done for the day, you can push the loose parts across the table and they can fall back into the buckets.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant Idea!!! ‘Will be adapting it to our Lego routine and let you know what happens. One alternative for a really CHEAP solution isto find a table/desk at a garage sale flea market. I have one that I found that way and I was saving for some kind of future use/idea!
    Elisa (Atlanta, GA)

  12. Saje says:

    Fabulous! We are working on a simmilar hack, but with a bigger ikea table top/leg combo. We have two boys so lots of space will be required! Thanks for the fabulous idea!

  13. Camilla says:

    Anonymous, the same base plates work for Duplo (big Lego’s).

  14. Libby in Ohio says:

    I just completed one of these for my 8-year-old son, who is a Lego freak!! Instead of 4 bins vertically set across the top of the table, we decided to do 3 horizontally across the top and 1 on the left front (vertically). This gave him a deeper workspace and a bin closer to him for common pieces. We put it on the left since he is a lefty and we didn’t put the Lego base mats down because he doesn’t like building on them. Now it can be converted to some other type of “table” once he outgrows Legos.

    Thanks for the awesome idea!!!!!!

  15. Roy ([email protected]) says:

    Thanks for the great idea! Here’s my version…used the same Ikea table but the bigger (16×11 inch) buckets. I also chopped the legs down (now they’re about 24″ long) so that my 4 year old could reach into each of the buckets. I gave him the option of having the base plates glued on, but he really didn’t want them…gives him a nice smooth workspace to roll his cars on. Thanks again!

  16. Rebecca says:

    This is so cool. I think I am going to have my husband make this for our six year old. Wanted to get him a Lego table but buying a pre-made one is so pricey. This is pure genius. Thanks so much for the instructions!

  17. Rose says:

    We are just switching from duplos to regular legos and this looks great. As for needing to switch plates- install the regular plates. Duplos fit on regular plates just not vice versa. I think this will be especially useful if the buckets fit into the “dual personalities table”, interchange the buckets as you build… something to do next weekend I think… I love great ideas like this!

  18. devin says:

    Great idea just finished one for my son, if I can do it so can you

  19. Anonymous says:

    Wow, my son (who is 2) is a lego duplo FREAK, I wonder if I could use velcro for a duplo building plate and then when he is younger replace with regular lego plates? Any thoughts?
    This project is AWSOME!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely amazing! I want one!

  21. Windsornot says:

    This is a great idea! Good thinking!

  22. vikelingo says:

    is a very good idea, and has been brilliant

    a greeting

  23. Anonymous says:

    A fantastic idea, I will keep it in mind for when my little one starts playing with Lego…

    Well done.

  24. Mackie says:

    :-D i want one!!!

  25. Anonymous says:
    My son would flip out.

    What a great idea!

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