November 24, 2010

For the Train Lover

Yesterday wasn't the best for me.  I spent a couple of hours in urgent care with little Baden.  He's fine - don't worry.  He's had this nasty cold for over two weeks and it's been getting worse.  They did a chest x-ray where they shoved his body into this clear plastic cylinder while he screamed.  Picture a slightly bigger version of the vacuum can you use at the bank drive through.  (If you're in the medical field I'm sure you're laughing at my description and you probably know what it's called.)  Then the x-ray didn't turn out so we did it all over again.  After 2 hours total of trying to keep this sick little guy happy in the clinic they said he's in the beginning stages of pneumonia and we left with a prescription.  I try to be patient, but sometimes I feel like this post my sister wrote.

Anyhow, the day didn't go as planned.  I finally got both boys down for a nap and went downstairs to sew.  I was working on a shirt for myself and it turned out to be the most hideous thing I've ever made or seen.  Yeah, you won't be seeing that puppy on the blog.  It has to meet the seam ripper first....or a shredder.

So instead of all my grand plans for today's post, I'm going to show you a cool toy at my sister's house.  My brother-in-law loves trains and wanted to have a really fun, unique train table for their boys.  He and my dad made this table and I'll give you a brief explanation of what they did.


Kind of fun, huh?  They bought the storage units/bins from Ikea and put a thick layer of MDF on top.  The MDF is bolted to the storage units.  The best part is the hole they cut in the middle so the boys can play with it more easily.  They painted the tracks and glued them down along with the buildings.  Some of the buildings are from the Thomas line but my sister also bought some unfinished buildings from the craft store and she painted them and then cut holes in them for the train to pass through.


The bins they sit on provide a lot of nice storage.


She even created a lake and beach that has some real sand on it.  Then the whole top got a thick layer of epoxy.


Here's my favorite part.  She painted a cute railway sign, including her boys' initials and handprints.


Every little guy who visits loves to play with it.


Disclaimer:  I cannot provide any technical answers about exactly how they did everything, as I wasn't a part of it.  However, I hope you enjoyed the show.  I think it's a fun homemade option that's a lot cooler than your typical train table.

Thanks for reading.

29 comments:

  1. The train set is wonderful; a great idea. I hope Baden is well soon.

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  2. we had to do that same xray thing last winter with our then 1 year old. it was the worst day of our lives. she was so upset and i couldn't stand it. i hope baden is feeling better. you probably need to rest a little today too! happy thanksgiving!

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  3. Awesome train table! We use those same Ikea units in our playroom, and they're great. I will have to keep this in mind if we ever decide to revamp our train table!

    So sorry for your little guy. I think my two boys would probably have to be sedated to go into one of those things. They won't even let a dr. check their ears without kicking and screaming!

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  4. The train table looks like a lot of fun, too bad that we don't have more room. My son would love it.

    I'm sorry that you had such a rough day yesterday. I hate sick days with kids, and unproductive sewing days. I hope Baden (and Momma) are feeling better soon.

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  5. That's the coolest train table I've ever seen. I bet the boys play with that for a long time. I'm sorry about your son and about your bad day. I hope today gets better.

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  6. Ha! Your description of the contraption did crack me up! I'm a x-ray tech so I will give you the fancy schmancy name for it. Pig-O-Stat. Doesn't that make it sound even worse!?! Hope your little man is feeling better, and I'm sorry he had to be squeezed up in the dreaded pig-o-stat :(

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  7. I hope Baden feels better soon! Last Thanksgiving two of my boys and my husband all had pneumonia and I was getting over H1N1 (I think that's what we all had). NO FUN! Hope everyone is healthy for Thanksgiving tomorrow!

    And that train table is so awesome!

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  8. I'm sorry that you had such a rotten day! I'm impressed that you still took the time to post. I hope that everyone is feeling better soon so that you can enjoy a happy Thanksgiving!

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  9. I'm sorry Baden is so sick! I hope he gets better real soon. I had a day like that yesterday, too.

    Dinner: seasoned sirloin, gruyere potatoes, glazed carrots.

    Sounds great, huh? It was all disgusting. THE WORST meal I have ever made. Hands down.

    Kinda felt like the sewing project your sister mentioned.

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  10. My daughter had to have a chest xray when she was about 3months old and it was the most heart breaking thing I've ever experienced with my kids. Totally understand the feeling. Hope your little guy gets better quick.

    And that train table is Awesome!!

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  11. The day the boys out grow that train is going to be a sad sad day in their house. I hope Bade is doing better. There is nothing worse than a sick little guy.

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  12. When my son was in that plastic tube for xrays, I thought it looked like baby sausage! ;)
    -Stefanie
    2ndChanceCreations.etsy.com

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  13. Hope Baden gets better soon. Such a great train set-up.

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  14. OH this train table is a child's dream come true.. How cool it that.. I got a train table for Ben..it was something someone put out by their mailbox with a free sign on it.. Someone made it and i grabbed it and put it in the back of my Equinox. You just can't play trains without a table..
    Sorry to hear about Baden being so sick.. Hope he gets better soon so he can enjoy the turkey tomorrow..and Christmas later on...
    It's hard to have children sick during the holidays... ta ta for now..annieptigger@aol.com

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  15. THAT TRAIN TABLE IS AMAZING! My son is addicted to trains,mainly Thomas and cannot see myself spending an arm and a leg on something of that. But this is the greatest and best idea I have ever seen!
    I hope Braden gets better soon :( poor kiddo. Get some rest and Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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  16. When my son was a few months old they found a heart murmur and we had to do that chest xray thing... which I call the "baby jar" - it was horrible, I think I might have cried harder! I'm sorry!

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  17. My daughter's birth mother was on Meth when she was pregnant, which caused one of my daughter's lungs to not develop properly. We have to go get it checked out several times a year and they have to stick her in the little tube thing. (I totally love the comparison to the vacuum tube at the bank! I had never thought that before, but you are totally right!) I hate that thing. It's cold and hard and scary. It makes me cry too every time she has to use it. So anyway, that's a long boring way to say I know how you feel and I'm sorry. Hope tomorrow is better for you. Thanks for your blog, I LOVE it!

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  18. LOVE your blog and LOVE the train table, too! My little guy would spend hours playing with that train table. If I hadn't scored a train table at a garage sale recently I'd be well on my way to trying to copy it for our playroom!

    So sorry to hear that your son is sick and I hope that he recovers soon. As the wife of an ER physician, I'm sorry you had to wait so long -- when it happens to me I try to be thankful because it likely means someone else is much, much sicker than me -- like a car accident, stroke, or heart attack. Of course that doesn't make waiting with little ones any easier!

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  19. Creativity really runs in your family!! I have been thru that same thin with my daughter when she was done. I remember thinking I should have stayed at home!! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with those you love!

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  20. That train table is fabulous! If only we had room for one!

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  21. Wow, that's a great train table!

    I am an x-ray gal too, and have not seen a pig-o-stat in almost ten years since I left the adult hospitals in Utah. I didn't know those awful things still existed.

    Hopefully your kids won't need any more chest x-rays but if they do, take them to a pediatric facility if it's possible- it's better for everyone!

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  22. Wow! This is fantastic. My son would lose his mind over this, he's currently obsessed with trains!

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  23. I looooooove this train table. My daughter would really enjoy this!

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  24. I hope Baden is feeling better soon! My 2 year old had pneumonia 5 times over the last year, so I'm very familiar with the plastic thingy.

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  25. The train table is great -- especially the beach with real sand.

    Sorry to hear about the chest xrays. Stuff like that is hard enough without trying to get a little one to hold still so you don't have to do it twice!

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  26. I jsut wanted to let you know I used this as inspiration for my ds's table and linked you on my blog. This table is amazing. Thanks for sharing!! http://creativeconfessionsdeme.blogspot.com/

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  27. DO you happen to know if they attached the tracks first and the put a layer of epoxy or the other way around? sueellenhafen@yahoo.com

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  28. Thank you so much for posting this (years ago)!! My husband and I just used this design to build a train table for our son. He is absolutely loving it. Here's a link to a photo of ours. http://www.flickr.com/photos/78486125@N00/8370962842/in/photostream/lightbox/

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    1. Did you happen to take pictures of the building process for your train table? I would love to see step by step instructions!SweetHarmony@hotmail.co.uk

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