Monday, April 16, 2012

Lego Display Shelf

If you have a 9 year old boy, like I do, you have no doubt heard these words, "I can't clean them up.  They are so special.  I worked so hard on them and they will break."  And that is supposed to make the messy room with Legos all over the floor OK.

Ryan and I decided to build a display shelf for all of these treasures.

We found the plans over at Ana White and it was so easy to make!  You can click here for her instructions.

Cut list:
1 – 1×4 @ 36 3/4″
2 – 1×4 @ 3 1/2″
4 – 1×4 @ 6 1/2″
5 – 1×8 @ 8 1/2″

First step, glue and clamp one of the 3 1/2" pieces to the edge.  Drill holes right next to it.

Put the 8 1/2" piece right up tight to the small piece.  
Hint: Use wood glue on all surfaces that wood touches wood.  Three (3) sides of this piece will have glue on them.  If you don't, it will wiggle! 

Glue and clamp a 6 1/2" piece right up tight.  Drill wood screws in the back through pre-drilled holes to secure.  Ummm just so you know, Ryan does NOT pre-drill his holes.  I do.  You can choose.

Continue alternating 8 1/2" with 6 1/2" pieces, gluing and screwing.  End with a 3 1/2" piece.

This is what it will look like:

When it is all dry, you can paint it.  I chose to do the vinegar/tea method of aging wood.  

All done!  
Brandon loved his "show-off shelf" and we love the clean floor!

p.s.  To hang it, we drilled a long wood screw directly into the wall studs.  :)


Sankat said...

That looks great! Do you have plans to make another one? It looks like that one is already full, haha.

Amy Fountain said...

Great shelving! Perfect for little boys' room!

JULIE said...

Oh, that's fantastic!! My son loves his, too... and THE MESS!!! Thanks for the great idea.

Suzanne said...

I also have said 9 year old and unmentioned 6 year old little brother. I can appreciate the shelves for so many reasons.

Michelles Tasty Creations said...


I followed you over from Somewhat Simple’s Link Party and I love this shelf. I really could have used this when my son was little and had all his Legos scattered around.

I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at (Link up until Monday 4-23-12)

Have a great day,

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

I need this so bad for my 9 year old!!!!

marissa said...

That is so ridiculously cool! It was nice meeting you IRL at the Market last friday!


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