Workbench & Puzzle

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Project by WhiskeyWaters posted 01-26-2008 03:10 AM 3509 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the finished workbench I’ve been blogging about -

For those that don’t know, my kids built this thing over the last two weeks? or so. The top is half inch ply and a quarter inch hardboard, since sooner or later the top will be destroyed. Sooner or later (well, this weekend if I get my own workbench back) I shall make a pair of braces for each side. I plan on routing the kid’s names in it, so I won’t be putting those pics online. It’s roughly 51” L x 25” D x 30” H.

I put casters on her as my woodworking projects have been kicked out of the room and into the wild outdoors. Better that way, less clean up and more fertilizer. The paint is chalkboard spraypaint, and I have yet (yet mind you) to put the promised flames on it.

IMPO, that chalkboard paint is worth it’s weight in kiddie gold. And not bad on the bench; I can lay out a line or project full size and just…wipe it away when I’m finished.

Second picture is a puzzle the kids helped build – I stole it outta MAKE: Magazine #12. Basically, get the two marbles to stay in both holes, at the same time. The dowel runs through the piece and comes out the other side by about a quarter of an inch. I’ll let a commentator post the trick.

My hint though? Centrifugal force – at least, I think that’s what it was called. I passed physics, I just can’t remember the terminology.

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#1 posted 01-26-2008 03:14 AM

Nice bench! I would say centrifugal would be the way to go.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-26-2008 04:09 AM


Spin it using the dowel as the axis, but not too hard else the marbles will ‘pass’ the holes.

-- Still learning everything

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#3 posted 01-26-2008 04:47 AM

Hay! Whiskey
Like I have said before, the kids are lucky.
They did a nice job. Pat them on the back for all of us. You are, cultivating new woodworkers. It truly is great, the way you enjoy your work with them.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#4 posted 01-26-2008 06:34 AM

Good idea with the chalkboard paint for drawing up projects.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 01-26-2008 07:40 AM

Great looking bench – the kids did a fantastic job. I really like the chalk board paint idea – nice touch.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 01-26-2008 11:39 AM

Very nice workbench. Go for it on the chalkboard paint.

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#7 posted 01-27-2008 07:56 AM

Nice job by the kids!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 01-28-2008 05:48 PM

job well done!!
very impressive

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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