How to Build an Electric Train Set Table

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How to Build an Electric Train Set Table
A train table can be made from a sheet of plywood. (construction ,measuring image by Greg Pickens from

Train sets that are set up and used as a hobby for young kids and adults alike can benefit from a dedicated table to lay the track. A card table or other type of folding table can be used in a pinch, but a more permanent structure can be built out of wood. You can build an electric train set table by first determining how big the table needs to be.

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Things you need

  • 4-foot by 8-foot plywood sheet
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Circular saw
  • 1- by 2-inch boards
  • Nails
  • Nail gun
  • 2- by 4-inch boards
  • Power drill
  • Screws
  • Green paint
  • “Grass” paper

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  1. 1

    Measure the 4- by 8-foot plywood sheet to a length of 6 feet. Make a mark on the plywood with the pencil. Cut the plywood on the pencil mark with the circular saw.

  2. 2

    Measure and mark the 1- by 2-inch boards to the dimensions of the cut piece of plywood. Two pieces will need to be 72 inches and two pieces will need to be 46 inches. Cut the 1- by 2-inch boards to the required lengths with the circular saw.

  3. 3

    Place the 72-inch pieces on each edge of the long sides of the plywood. Secure the 1- by 2-inch boards to the plywood with nails using the nail gun. Place the 46-inch pieces of 1- by 2-inch boards on each end and secure them with nails. This will create a frame around the perimeter of the plywood.

  4. 4

    Measure and cut the 2- by 4-inch boards to a length of 31 inches with the circular saw.

  5. 5

    Place one of the 31-inch 2- by 4-inch boards in one corner of the frame on the plywood. Place the 2- by 4-inch board so the short edge is facing the short end of the plywood. Drill two holes with the power drill and secure the 2- by 4-inch board to the frame with screws. Repeat this step for the remaining corners of the frame.

  6. 6

    Lift the complete train set table up off the floor and set it on its legs. Paint the top of the plywood with green paint or add green “grass” paper.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not want to attach legs to the table, it can be set on a pair of saw horses.

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