Train Trundle - PureBond Plywood

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 12/19/2012 - 23:01
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No space for a train table in your home? Make a train trundle quickly and easily that children can pull out to play, and push back under the bed for storage. This trundle can be made to any size and used for storage or a trundle bed. How to build a trundle train table. Keep the train set close at hand, but easy to stow away by building a train trundle table with free plans from

With today's project, I was really striving to create more "boy" projects.

But I failed.  Miserably.

I myself couldn't stop playing with this little train set!  

A few weeks back, when I built the No Cutting Required Dress Up Center on Hallmark's Home and Family, the folks there asked me to also do a "boy" project to air before Christmas.  Guess what?  Today's that day, and the project - a train trundle - airs today!  Yep, you can watch Mark Steines and I build this train trundle live on TV!  Check your local listings, it's on early in the morning but can vary depending on your station.

If there is a train set under your tree, there's a good chance that next week you'll be looking for something else to store that train set under.

Might I suggest under the bed?

I do believe even a preschooler could put the train set away with this train trundle play table.  I know kids, and one thing they will readily do is stuff things under beds.

Using PureBond Maple plywood, maple 1x4s, caster wheels and boiled linseed oil, we quickly created this starter building project.  So pretty! We can also feel good about using PureBond Formaldehyde Free plywood and solid maple for the wood, and finishing the project with the same finish used on food cutting boards.  

I know this was a super simple project, but we loved it so much!  The wood was just beautiful, and the project so durable.  

This trundle train table is sized to fit this train set, but you can easily modify the dimensions for any train set.  Or better yet, you can modify it to fit any of your storage needs!  

TIP: For larger or trundles with heavy loads, consider adding a fifth caster wheel in the center.

PS: Wondering what happened to the train set?  I know this was supposed to be a "boy" toy but the Ram insisted on carrying it home for Gracie.  He packed it through airports and even got *the look* for it not quite fitting under the seat in front of him.  And guess what?  Grace loves the train set and plays with it constantly!  Go figure!

Hope you get a chance to tune in and watch us build this train trundle live on TV!  Plans follow!

Dimensions shown above.


Shopping List

1 - sheet 3/4” PUREBOND MAPLE PLYWOOD (must be bought at Home Depot) 39” x 28 1/2” (ask Home Depot to cut the plywood to this size
2 - 1x4 Maple Boards 72” long
4 - small caster wheels
Screws for attaching caster wheels
Trim screws (I use 1 5/8" on the show - you can also use 1 1/4" PH screws)

Cut List

2 - 1x4 @ 39”
2 - 1x4 @ 27”
1 - 3/4” plywood @ 39” x 28 1/2”

*This cut list is designed to fit a specific train mat. Build to suit your train mat or other storage needs.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
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

Make a box out of your 1x4 boards.

Step 2

Now we’ll just attach the plywood to the bottom.

Step 3

Finally attach the caster wheels.

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.


Ulrike (not verified)

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:54

Brilliant! I got rid of my kids' wooden train set because of the storage issue.

And, yes, girls love wooden trains just as much as boys.

Matthew (not verified)

Thu, 12/20/2012 - 20:36

Great project, but to improve it and hide the layered plywood edges, cut the sides so that they go on the outside edge of the plywood instead of the top edge. Secured with glue and pocket screws, it should be able to handle any weight put on it.

Christa/Dakota… (not verified)

Sat, 12/22/2012 - 11:46

Can't take my eyes off the gorgeous bed! Did I miss the plans for that?? :)

And love the train set. Can't wait until we build the garage so I get a more permanent workshop to build gifts easily! :)

alv0729 (not verified)

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 09:24

LOVE THIS! I am going to change it up a little- add a row of little storage boxes- then use this for the boys legos- I might even install some of those lego flat green boards on the inside.

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