Toddler Sized Roubo Workbench

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Project by Airframer posted 11-06-2014 02:52 AM 10666 views 26 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My boy is almost 18 months old and back around the end of July beginning of August time frame I noticed how much he enjoyed messing with my workbench. The handwheels and sliding deadman in particular along with seeing what all he could fit in the dog holes. Since he had been spending more and more time out in the shop with me I decided he needed his own bench that he could reach everything on that was “just like Daddys”.

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Nearly 100% of the wood for this bench was left over scraps from my own bench build and aside from the metal hardware the bench cost nearly nothing to build.

Every vise on this is functional and I even included my best rendition of the wonderful chain vise invented and sold by Jim Ritter (LJ Boatman53) of Ancora Yacht Service that I have on my bench. I have no idea how it will hold up but it is the best solution I could think of for a vise that a 1 year old could operate lol.

I just finished up putting a few coats of danish oil on it while he is having a sleep over at Grandmas so he has yet to see the finished project but if his reaction to his sneak peek this weekend is any indication.. I think he may be out in the shop more often :D

And in the tradition of the smackdown thread.. no bench build is complete without a Bondo Pose.. this is the best he would let me get out of him lol..


He finally got to see and play with the finished bench and he is just BESIDE himself with excitement over this.. worth every minute used to build it!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 11-06-2014 03:00 AM

Nice bench and he will definitely like being out in the shop with Dad.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 11-06-2014 03:13 AM

Excellent Bench for a Future LJ….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#3 posted 11-06-2014 03:14 AM

LOL, I love the bondo pose!!! Awesome.

That little bench is bad AAS! I love it. will it work as a saw bench once he outgrows it?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 11-06-2014 03:20 AM

Thanks Guys! It was a blast having him out there helping build this. Next on the agenda is some tiny tools for him to use.

Mauricio – It is tall enough to be used as a saw bench if need be but I plan to let him use and abuse it for as long as he can then put it away for his kids to use someday.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#5 posted 11-06-2014 03:31 AM

Very cool of you Eric! I laugh when I think of you posting him up for the bondo. Seriously must be fun scaling back your bench especially for a minion to cut his teeth on. It looks like it could fit inside yours. Lol. Heirloom for sure. Congrats!

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#6 posted 11-06-2014 03:32 AM

Quite possibly the coolest bench on LJs. Definitly the coolest dad! Well done. I think it’s awesome that you are getting him out there in the shop with you. Makin another craftsman.

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#7 posted 11-06-2014 03:34 AM

Awesome project. Its great having your kids in your shop. My three year old has his own brace that I gave him. He spends his time “drilling” pieces of wood with it (no bit obviously). I love having him there.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#8 posted 11-06-2014 03:43 AM

very cool!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 11-06-2014 03:51 AM

This is great! The little guy is going to love it!

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

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#10 posted 11-06-2014 03:54 AM

That’s very nice a Father a Dad making something for his son.
That priceless men. He will never forget that very nice bud.


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#11 posted 11-06-2014 03:57 AM

Great stuff. You’re a lucky man, I have to turn power off to all my tools when my son follows me in the shop. Great stuff.

Is it bad that you AND your son have a fully functional workbench before stef does… Hehehe

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#12 posted 11-06-2014 03:59 AM

Is it bad that you AND your son have a fully functional workbench before stef does… Hehehe

- TheFridge

That thought HAS crossed my mind once or twice lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#13 posted 11-06-2014 04:17 AM

Never share the stage with kids or dogs. They’ll steal the show every time.
No one is ever going to match this Bondo pose!

Nice bench and it is so good to see a parent rewarding his son’s interest in woodworking.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#14 posted 11-06-2014 04:28 AM

That is so cute. Good job. Hope your son appreciates it as he gets older.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#15 posted 11-06-2014 08:59 AM

You won the internet today! Great bench in all meanings!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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