And here’s a picture of the girls enjoying their finished sensory table. They were exploring volume using measuring cups, jars, and bottles with the rice and beads in the bins.
Another great part about this design is that it can easily be adapted to meet different size needs. You can build it to whatever size bin you purchase. You can also easily add more compartments, creating a square or a row of stations.
Measure according to the bins and cut the baluster wood to shape. When measuring, just look at the sides, don’t include the lip of the bins since you want it smaller so that it hangs from the lip.
Use 1 1/2 inch wood screws to connect the pieces. We made one large rectangle and then inserted the middle piece. And use a miter box at a 45 degree angle for all four corners.
Choose the height for the table (we went with about 18″ plus the 2″ of the frame) and then cut the leg pieces also from the baluster. Attach the legs with lag bolts (really what you want are large bolts that have a hex head so you can use a wrench or ratchet on it. You will need to drill out the holes first so that you don’t split the wood. Ed used a larger drill bit so that you can sink the bolts so that they are flush with the wood and don’t stick up. (The center prong will create a guide hole for the hole you drill for the bolt.)
Sand it so that the wood is even and the corners rounded to make it safer/softer. You can puddy in the gaps but on ours they were so small it wasn’t worth the effort. Then paint it.
Drop in the buckets. For the bins, try to get as flat a bottom as possible.
Just to show how much money you are saving, here are some similar sensory table designs…