Work bench for 4 year old

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Project by Sean posted 12-15-2015 04:48 PM 1913 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son often joins me in the basement when I’m woodworking. He has his own collection of tools (some real and some toy), and he does his best to mimic whatever work I’m engaged in. A year ago I milled some lumber to build him a proper workbench but other tasks prevented me from following through. Well, now I have.

The workbench is made from maple with a 1 1/2” thick maple veneer plywood top edged with solid maple. The top is about 39” x 18” and has a cheap Irwin vice purchased from Lowe’s. I’ll eventually put a tool cabinet between the stretchers and bench top.

I attached the legs of the bench base to the feet using mortise and tenon joinery. This was my first attempt at mortise and tenon joinery. I was planning to use it throughout, but after spending an inordinate amount of time on those four joints I decided to speed things up with more familiar joinery.

When I find a few spare minutes, I plan to add a few dog holes and make a few bench dogs.

My four-year old son is pretty excited about the work bench. He says he likes it as much as his brand new bike.

-- Sean

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#1 posted 12-15-2015 04:49 PM

Way to go Dad. You and your son are going to have years of wonderful memory building.

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#2 posted 12-15-2015 11:02 PM

Way cool project!!!
My dad didn’t like me in the basement where all his scrounged stuff was.
Now that I think about it. He had a 30 gal. bucket a 16p nails that he didn’t what me getting in to but our tree houses needed nails so his bucket would get an inch or three lower every spring. lol

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#3 posted 12-16-2015 01:59 AM

That is awesome. No doubt the work bench will get lots of use and time spent with your son is something he will remember the rest of his life. Great job

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#4 posted 12-16-2015 10:59 AM

Very cool. Enjoy it with your son. Great job!

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#5 posted 12-16-2015 02:21 PM

That is a great gift for your son. There’s a lot to be said of starting them young. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 12-16-2015 03:56 PM

Thanks for the kind and encouraging comments! The work bench hasn’t yet made it back down to the basement; my son is keeping it in his bedroom.

I look forward to many years of woodworking with him as he grows. Sometimes he’ll stand in the basement looking at my tools, throw his arms open wide, and say with an eager grin “Someday all your tools will be mine!” Sharing the love of the craft with one I love is a joy.

-- Sean

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#7 posted 12-17-2015 08:09 AM

That’s a pretty sweet bench for anyone, let alone a 4 year old! I still don’t have one that nice. Good job Dad!

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