Build: lego tray (revised)
I was shocked and surprised at the response to my first portable Lego tray, thank you to everyone who shared the idea, I'm truly flattered.
The portable Lego tray is a simple build and the first version is fine but I'm always looking for ways to improve on my projects.
After receiving many requests from friends (and strangers) looking to purchase the Lego tray I revised the build slightly to make a better product.
I made multiple Lego baseplate layout options:
And now the underside of the tray is completely smooth (in the first version the pocket holes were visible):
I also contacted the Lego company to request the baseplates be made in 'girl colors' to coordinate with the Lego Friends collection - maybe yellow, pink, purple, bright blue would work well with any of the Friends sets:
Below is a portion of the response I received from JoAnn at LEGO Direct Consumer Services, just maybe someday they might have new baseplate colors, maybe?
Here's how I made the portable Lego tray (revised):
1. Purchase multiple Lego baseplates:
blue and green: 10" x 10"
grey: 15" x 15"
2. Cut and arrange the baseplates to form a 20" x 15" playspace:
3. Cut your boards:
1/2" plywood @ 20" x 15"
2 - 1x2 @ 15"
2 - 1x2 @ 21.5"
4. Using pocket holes attach the shorter side pieces.
The pocket holes should be facing up:
(*You could also countersink screws from the outside through the 1x2 into the plywood, use #6 @ 1 1/2" screws.)
5. Now add the longer side pieces.
Then the handles centered on the short sides:
6. Using construction adhesive:
apply adhesive directly under baseplates
(see how the baseplates will cover up the pocket holes!)
7. Add weight while adhesive dries:
8. Prepare to wrap:
Ready to gift:
A great DIY project that any Lego enthusiast would love.
LEGO please, please will you make the baseplates in colors to coordinate with the Friends collection?
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