Roubo bench for my 5 years old son #1: Roubo top, legs, stretchers and Homemade Leg vise

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Blog entry by bern92 posted 11-07-2012 03:52 PM 7619 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m building this bench for my 5 years old son so he can work with me in the shop. He love to work with me. He was asking me for a bench at his size for the past year. I built the top, leg and stretcher out of left over from my garden shed. I use walnut for the vise chop and maple for the hub. I’m building the vise system myself and it’s going very well. I still have to make the garter plate to hold the hub with the vise chop. Next step front and back stretchers and mounting the top.

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#1 posted 11-07-2012 04:07 PM

Awesome! I promised my 10 year old daughter that I would build her a bench once I got mine built, but I worry about how to make one that will “grow” with her…are you concerned with height as the little guy grows, and if so do you have a plan for it? I’m only asking so I can rob any knowledge for myself…

-- Jason K

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#2 posted 11-07-2012 04:33 PM

I built my son’s bench first to practice so mine could be close to perfection. LoL

I think that the height of the bench could be modified by adding a block to the legs or build some kind of a base….if not it’s a good excuse the spent more time in the shop building a bigger one…...

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#3 posted 11-07-2012 05:31 PM

Awesome. The vise looks like it is coming along really well. I built a bench for my 3 year old to use his “tools”. Looking forward to the day I can build him a bigger one to put in the shop next to mine. Now I just have to start building mine:)


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#4 posted 11-07-2012 07:04 PM

I love the fact that he is standing on your table saw.

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#5 posted 11-07-2012 07:21 PM

The saw was unpluged and the blade down and all my power tools have a safety system that lock the switch.

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#6 posted 11-07-2012 07:50 PM

He’s got a leg vise and I don’t. Suddenly I find myself jealous of a 5 year old.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 11-08-2012 02:55 AM

When I put the 60 amp sub panel in my shop, I put it at the max of 6’2” above ground (the limit according to code in this area), there is no way my son (who is only 19 months today) can reach them. That sub panel powers the whole shop, so a few flicks of the breaker box and every tool and socket is dead!

I Can’t wait until he is old enough to join me in the shop! He helped me with trash this weekend, it’s his current fascination. trash, trash, trash, his new favorite word and activity.

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#8 posted 01-29-2013 04:08 PM

this will be so cool for your son and you to work together, you will be able to teach him all you know and then learn together so much more, if i could go back in time i would do this with my sons..have a great time…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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