May 24, 2018
I moved to a new apartment earlier this month. I knew I would have more space, plus a garage to work on projects, so I started thinking of building a custom LEGO display table. At the time, I had two folding tables side-by-side, with a thin board on top to make the surface flat. It gave me 3' x 4' of space to work with. I wanted the new table to be 3'6" x 6' and able to come apart. LEGO baseplates are 10 inches, so these dimensions gave me room for a 4 x 7 baseplate display.
The plan was to use galvanized pipe (with cap fittings) for the legs. They would screw into floor flange fittings at the bottom of the tabletop, so they could be removed. The tabletop would be cut in half, then held together by flat metal braces with bolts dropped through and secured with wing nuts. I ran the idea by a friend (who can build anything), and he was pretty sure it would work.
My friend offered to help me build the table, but I didn't want him to (I am very independent and like working alone). He kept asking, so I let him. I'm glad I did, because we found the metal braces were not going to work. We went to Lowe's to get a strip of wood to use instead. My friend also brought his power tools, which made sanding and putting screws in quick and easy (I usually do all of this by hand). He showed me how to do a countersink, which I had never done before and thought was pretty neat. I stained the wood and applied polyurethane on my own. I did the same, as well as drilled countersinks, to the low table I built in January.