We only had a day to pull this together. Crew, our grandson, was coming to visit.
This was going to be our first time watching him without his mom and dad as a backup.
I wasn't worried about us, but I was hoping he wouldn't be frightened in a less familiar
environment without them. So, I was hoping to distract him by pulling
out the Brio set that had belonged to our boys.
Although we had kept the trains, the track,
and a number of accessories, we had sold our old homemade Brio table years ago.
So learning that Crew would be coming for a visit, we made a quick run to Home Depot
and purchased a piece of 2' x 4' particle board that was much smoother than the plywood
that we went with twenty plus years ago. I wish the board had been
about six inches wider but this is what they had so we went with it.
We added these 21" pre-cut Parsons table legs with a hanger bolt already installed,
and four Waddell top plates. The plates allow the legs to be easily
removed and reattached. With the legs removed, the table can
be effortlessly stored away.
While Papa was putting the plates and legs on, I was gathering my craft paints.
I kept the design simple to allow for limitless track configurations.
After the paint dried, I added a water base varnish top coat and voila! A new Brio table for less than $50.00.
But, best of all were the hours of smiles and expressions from this little man.
I can hardly wait for next week when our little engineer returns for Thanksgiving.