How to Build a Kids Drawing Table
A drawing table is appreciated by kids of all ages because it provides them a place to express and enhance their creativity. Kids love to draw and use coloring pens to add life to drawings and pictures. A drawing table is the perfect accessory to any room and is the perfect place where they can do their homework and other activities. It is easy to build a kids drawing table provided that the right materials and tools are utilized in the process. Determine the height of your table in advance to make sure that it is of the right height for your child.
Step 1 – Measure and Cut the Legs of the Drawing Table
Determine the right measurements for the legs of the drawing table. You can use the measuring tape or the carpenter's measuring tool when doing this. You can divide the 8-foot wood blocks into 4 pieces, 2 feet per leg. Mark the cutting points with a pencil and saw off the legs according to size. Use course sand paper to smoothen any rough edges associated with the cutting process. The 4 pieces of pre-cut wood beams represent the total height of your drawing table.
Step 2 – Attach Legs to Plywood
Place the plywood on a table and place the legs on all four corners of the board. Mark the places where the legs would be attached using a pencil. The legs should be placed at least 1 to 2 inches from the edge of the table. This will ensure stability. Apply wood glue on the edge of the legs before hammering in place. Let the wood glue dry for at least 5 minutes before nailing it in place. Use a hammer to drive the nails from the top of the plywood. Using 4 nails on each corner guarantee durability.
Step 3 – Sand the Surface
Use coarse sandpaper to sand the entire surface of the drawing table. It is imperative that all surfaces are smooth and free from rough edges to protect your child from nicks and cuts. A smooth surface will also provide the base to apply varnish or paint.
Step 4 – Apply the Desired Finish
Use a paint brush to apply varnish or paint on the drawing table. Apply at least 2 to 3 coats of varnish to protect all the surfaces of the drawing board. Let the finish dry for 3 to 4 hours.
If you do not have time to look for the materials needed in building a drawing table for your child, you can use an old table from the garage or find one from a yard sale and convert it to an improvised drawing table. You can just disassemble the old table and modify it according to your needs. You can attach new legs and apply a new finish over the old table to make it look like new.