Easy plans to make art play table! Just 5 - 1x4s and a quarter sheet of plywood!
5 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - 3/4" thick plywood or MDF project panel, 24" x 48"
4 - 1x4 @ 22-1/2" long (cut these from the same boards used to cut the side aprons)
4 - 1x4 @ 23-1/4" long
6 - 1x4 @ 24" long - trays
2 - 1x4 @ 50-1/2" long - side aprons
1 - 24" x 40" x 3/4" plywood or MDF panel - tabletop
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Drill 3/4" pocket holes, two per end, on each of the four 1x4 that are 22-1/2" long. Then attach to the legs with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue. Set legs aside when done.
Drill two 3/4" pocket holes on each end of the six 1x4s that are 24" long. Nail together three of the boards in a U shape with 1-1/4" nails and glue, keeping all outside edges flush, with pocket holes on the outsides.
Make two trays.
Attach the trays to the side aprons with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue, outside edges are flush.
Cut the 24" x 48" project panel down in size to 40". Drill 3/4" pocket holes along the underside of the 40" long sides, spacing about every 6-8". Place panel inside frame, with pocket holes on underside, checking to make sure trays are positioned correctly, and attach with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue. Leave 1/4" gaps on ends of panel to allow paper to feed through.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.