Simple Kids Play Table with Paper Roll Holder and Shelf

kids play table with paper roll
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How to build a simple kids play table with paper roll holder and large bottom shelf - this play table can be used for arts and crafts, legos, playsets and more!

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simple play table with paper roll
simple play table with paper roll
simple play table with paper roll
simple play table with paper roll








simple play table with paper roll
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Shopping List
  • 1 - 2x2 @ 6 feet long
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 10 feet long
  • 2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 3/4" plywood @ 33" x 15-3/4" OR 2 more 1x3s @ 8 feet long
  • 24" long 3/4" dowel or PVC pipe
Cut List
  • 4 - 2x2 @ 17-1/4" - legs
  • 2 - 1x4 @ 15-3/4" - end aprons
  • 2 - 1x3 @ 15-3/4" - shelf end aprons
  • 2 - 1x4 @ 33" - side aprons
  • 2 - 1x3 @ 33" - shelf side aprons
  • 1 - 3/4" plywood @ 15-3/4" x 33 OR 7 - 1x3 @ 15-3/4" - bottom shelf
  • 2 - 1x12 @ 47" - top
  • 2 - 1x4 @ 3-1/2" - paper roll holder
  • 1 - 3/4" dowel @ 22"


Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Power Sander
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

Build the two leg end sets with your Kreg Jig.  Also, drill 3/4" pocket holes facing upward for attaching the tabletop in later steps.

Step 2

Also drill 3/4" pocket holes facing upward on the 1x4s side aprons for attaching the tabletop in later steps.  Then add the side aprons and shelf trim to create the table frame.

Step 3

NOTE: You may wish to attach the tabletop (step 4) before adding the bottom shelf so you don't need a right angle drill to attach the tabletop.


Drill 3/4" pocket holes around all the edges of the bottom shelf.  Attach with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and wood glue.

ALTERNATIVE METHOD: You can subsitute the plywood for 1x3 slats to save money and not need a table saw to cut the bottom shelf.  Just attach with pocket holes on the underside. 


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Step 4

Drill 3/4" pocket holes along 1 edge of 1 of your 1x12 boards.  Attach with glue to the second 1x12 board with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.  Place upside down on work surface (pocket holes facing upward) and position base on tabletop, also upside down.  Attach through predrilled pocket holes with glue and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 5

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.