Kids Trestle Style Play Table

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 09/08/2011 - 10:24
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About Project

Sized perfectly for young children to do activities, play games and schoolwork. This trestle play table is inspired by Pottery Barn Kids Trestle Play table and features a large work surface and large shelf.

Make your own and save off retail costs. This step by step do it yourself furniture plan is easy to follow and requires no special tools.

Remember back when I made Grace this stool?

Well, this is the actual diagram I took to the garage with me . . .

The stool got made, and the table didn't.  
The problem?  
Just couldn't find the time to build it.  
Now that isn't entirely true.  Building would take an hour or two.  I'd better revise that to I couldn't find the time to build, paint, and photograph it.
So I was pretty darn excited to hear from you on our Facebook Page asking for plans. That's almost as good as me getting to build it!  I cannot wait to see this table built.  Best of luck!
Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

1 - 2x4 @ 8 feet long - pick a good one!
1 - 1x12 @ 4 feet long
1 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
1/4 sheet 3/4" plywood or other project board measuring at least 24" x 41" (tabletop)

Common Materials
2 inch screws
3 inch screws
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
Cut List

4 - 2x4 @ 22" - Both ends cut at 15 degrees off square, ends are parallel
4 - 1x2 @ 11 1/4" (End Cleats)
1 - 1x12 @ 30 1/2" (Shelf)
2 - 1x3 @ 30 1/2" (Shelf Trim)
2 - 2x2 @ 33 1/2" (Top Supports)
1 - 3/4" plywood or other sheet goods @ 24" x 41" (Top)

Cutting Instructions

When you cut your legs at an angle, reuse cuts by simple sliding the board down. It'll save board.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

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!


Step 1

Carefully lay out your legs as shown above so tops are flush, bottoms are spread to measurements. Mark the top of the cleats 2" on each end and lay on top for a dry fit. Remove, apply glue at joint and replace. Use 2" nails or countersunk screws to attach.

Remember to build two legs sets.

Step 2

Once your legs are done, it's time to add the shelf cleat. Flip the leg sets over and carefully readjust so legs are positioned as in diagram. Mark the placement of the cleat and dry fit. Remove, apply glue at joint and replace. 2" screw or nails to attach.

Step 3

An easy but motivating step. Place the shelf on the shelf cleat and screw or nail down with glue.

Step 4

The shelf trim will not just keep items on the shelf, but it will reinforce the side to side structure of the table. Make sure you also screw from the outsides for added strength. Is placed flush to the bottom of the 1x2 shelf cleats under the shelf. You will need a few 3" screws here.

Step 5

Step 6

Center the base on the tabletop with project turned upside down. Screw on with 2" screws and glue through tabletop supports.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. 

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.



Wed, 11/09/2016 - 18:25

 I added hinges on the table top and added a shelf under the top to add a hidden space for my grandson. I think he will be excited about it.  Thank you so much for the plans!!!