Leopold Bench with the little guy!

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Project by HassanMirza posted 06-05-2017 05:11 PM 1134 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a quick project that we knocked out on the weekend. It was built using regular cedar tone pressure treated lumber and SPAX washer head exterior screws. I know that most people like to use bolts. Since he wanted to be really hands on with this project I wasn’t comfortable letting him drill holes with a large bit (afraid it might catch a knot and swing the drill machine). So we went to home depot and saw they had these SPAX lags there which he can drive with the impact driver. He even got a free SPAX hat from them (what kid doesn’t love a free hat). I showed him how to use speed square to lay out the angles on the lumber and we used the track saw to cut it. I must say I was very impressed with this screws. They were easy enough for an 11 year old to drive with the impact driver without the need to pre-drill. I will use them in the future and they have this HCR coating on it to be used with treated lumber. I have been a fan of SPAX screw, because for the couple of bucks extra they sure beat the regular drywall screw. I am not paid for any of this review by them. I think that it’s important to get the younger generation involved in doing projects and doing them in a way they feel they have really contributed. Could I have used bolts sure, but that would take away from him feeling like he built this bench. I think it was a fun project on a nice Saturday and he is really proud of his bench and now every time he goes out to shoot the basketball he can have a rest on a bench he made.

-- Hassan Mirza

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#1 posted 06-06-2017 12:29 AM

Nice project, and I had just checked out some of those screws myself and liked them.

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#2 posted 06-06-2017 01:22 AM

Good project and good job getting a youngster involved. I am glad you made choices specific to letting him do it.

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#3 posted 06-06-2017 02:30 PM


HTL- They are really good, I have slowly started replacing my screws with Spax screws for everything. The frustration of a head stripping is not worth the few extra pennies. And when working with kids you know that driver is not going to stay inside the screw head.

Swirt- It is very rewarding to see him really get into it and feeling proud of something he made, it takes a little longer and not everything come out perfect. But it is perfect in its own way. He is really enjoying and wanting more of it to be his projects.

-- Hassan Mirza

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#4 posted 06-06-2017 09:36 PM

A fine looking bench by the young man! Good of you to introduce him to woodworking, and letting him build it himself—someday he’ll be teaching his sons!

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#5 posted 06-07-2017 12:22 AM

I see the duplicates are on the go too!

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#6 posted 06-07-2017 09:46 AM

Great looking project and a great way to get your boy involved. a Win-Win for everyone!

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#7 posted 06-07-2017 04:26 PM

Thanks for the replies and the good words, I have shown it to him and made him very happy to know other woodworkers are liking his work.

-- Hassan Mirza

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#8 posted 06-07-2017 08:11 PM

Need to build some benches for my deck, and I think I might give these a try with my kiddo! Nice Work!

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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#9 posted 06-07-2017 08:15 PM


That sounds awesome, have fun!

-- Hassan Mirza

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