Sunday, January 30, 2011

Train Table - Part I

We have been thinking and thinking about what to do for Evelyn's train table for over a month, and we finally came up with a solution. I have a rectangular kitchen table that I used in my Nebraska and Texas classrooms, which was collecting dust in our utility room. It's not quite large to hold all of Evelyn's train tracks. But! If we secure a larger piece of plywood to the top of the table, it will be perfect - Evelyn will paint grass and water onto the plywood.

Evelyn and I got right to work on the table this afternoon. First, we cleared out the area where her train table will go. Then we put the legs on the table. Here are a couple of shots of Evelyn securing the table legs -
Once she got the hang of how to use a wrench, Evelyn was a happy camper.

After assembling the table, Evelyn and I headed over to Lowe's. We bought a 4x8-foot piece of plywood (which was cut down to a 42x68-inch piece) and three colors of paint - dark green for grass, dark blue for water and light green for the table legs. It's Evelyn's table, so I didn't ask questions about that last color. I knew she was pleased with her choice because, as she was painting the table legs, she kept saying, "It's the perfect color!"