Our kids love building bricks. However, when it comes to clean up time it's a pain. There's always a brick or two that's inadvertently drop on the floor waiting to cause pain to the an unsuspecting foot. We've come up with a solution to let our boys have fun creating with their bricks and make clean up a cinch.
Mark the center hole. Ours measured 6x12 inches. To keep it centered, measure from the outer edges. The edges of our rectangular center hole were 6 inches from the front and back edges, and 21 inches from the ends.
Drill ½ inch holes at the inside corners of the marked center hole.
Cut out the rectangular center hole with a jigsaw.
Measure the width at the rim of your storage bin. Mark this width on the underside of the table as a guide for the cleats that will hold the bin in place.
Lay out the 2x2 cleats with the bin in place before attaching them to the underside of the table. Pre-drill 4 holes in the cleats to keep them from splitting when they are screwed to the table.
Run a bead of wood glue in each position where the cleats will be attached, then secure the cleats to the bottom of the table with wood screws.
Run a bead of wood glue down each cleat before attaching the 1x4 slide plate. Pre-drill 5 holes in the slide plate, align the outer edge of the slide plate with the outer edge of the cleat, then fasten it in place with wood screws.
Allow the glue to set for 30 minutes before sliding the bin in place.
Mark four holes at each corner, and pre-drill using the leg bracket as a template. Then use round head wood screws to secure the leg brackets in place. Paint or stain any color you (or the kids) like.
When the kids are done playing, they can shove the bricks to the middle of the table and into the hole where the bin with catch them all.
The bin underneath slides out effortlessly, making transporting the bricks a breeze.