Ana White's DIY Train Table

No space for a train table in your home? Make a train trundle quickly and easily that children can pull out to play, and push back under the bed for storage. This trundle can be made to any size and used for storage or a trundle bed.

NOTE: I will have the following train set with me. It is designed to fit perfectly in this trundle. We will not need to paint the trundle.

Shopping List
Cut List
1 - sheet 3/4" PUREBOND MAPLE PLYWOOD (must be bought at Home Depot) 39" x 28 1/2" (ask Home Depot to cut the plywood to this size
2 - 1x4 Maple Boards 72" long
4 - small caster wheels Screws for attaching caster wheels Trim screws
2 - 1x4 @ 39"
2 - 1x4 @ 27"
1 - 3/4" plywood @ 39" x 28 1/2"

Make a box out of your 1x4 boards.

  • TIP/TALKING POINT: For a deeper trundle, just use a wider width board!
  • TIP/TALKING POINT: You can make this trundle to any size - I'm making this trundle to the size of the train mat.
  • TIP/TALKING POINT: 8 screws and you are done with this step!

Now we'll just attach the plywood to the bottom.

  • TIP/TALKING POINT: I'm using PureBond plywood - it's formaldehyde free, made with soy based adhesives right here in North America! Not only is it beautiful and easy to work with, but it won't off-gas in your child's room and you won't have to worry about your child accidentally ingesting formaldehyde like you would with most pressed wood furniture.
  • TIP/TALKING POINT: If you went with a bigger trundle, just cut your plywood bottom bigger!
  • TIP/TALKING POINT: Just add a screw every 12" or so, keeping outside edges flush.

Finally attach the caster wheels.

  • TIP/TALKING POINT: I love caster wheels! They add such form and function to a project!
  • TIP/TALKING POINT: Caster wheels are inexpensive and easy to install. Just attach with screws.
  • TIP/TALKING POINT: If you went bigger with your trundle, you can support the middle by just adding more caster wheels in the center!