Pounding Bench for My Future Woodworkers

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Project by stevenmadden posted 04-06-2013 03:00 PM 2905 views 15 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for my daughter (age 3) and son (age 1). It was made from left over cherry (bench), walnut (mallet and inlay), and maple (pegs). Measurements are 17 1/2” x 5 3/4” x 8” tall; the mallet is 10” long with a 3” x 2” x 2” tall head. It was finished with three coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Oil and Urethane Topcoat; two coats gloss and one coat semi-gloss. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 04-06-2013 03:26 PM

Nice! I bet this one is popular for play. Do the dowels go through?

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#2 posted 04-06-2013 03:27 PM

Wooow…I mean very well built, beautiful.

-- Johnny Boy

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#3 posted 04-06-2013 04:00 PM

That’s beautiful.

I (fondly) remember the pegs being different on the one I had 45 years ago. They had very thin rip cuts about halfway in from each end, oriented at 90 degrees to each other. It gave the pegs some “spring” so they wouldn’t pop loose.

-- “Don't yet rejoice in his defeat, you men! Although the world stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.” —Bertolt Brecht

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#4 posted 04-06-2013 04:05 PM

That looks like a nice fun project.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 04-06-2013 04:35 PM

Skiedra: Yes, the pegs go through. I must say that I had a lot of fun fitting each peg; they had to be hammered through (which burnished the peg) and then sanded lightly until the fit was just right.

bonobo: I hadn’t thought of that, it would have probably been easier to do it that way. As it was, I spent some time “piston” fitting each peg. They don’t pop out but it was a lot of work getting each one to fit properly.

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#6 posted 04-06-2013 04:44 PM

I really like it. I’ve been thinking of building one for my 3 year old granddaughter as she likes to hang with papa in his shop. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#7 posted 04-06-2013 06:38 PM

Very cool project. I would love a few more details about the pegs/holes. Are they just 3/4” dowels and 3/4” wholes (or thereabouts)?

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#8 posted 04-07-2013 03:59 AM

Marcus: Yes, they are 3/4” holes and 3/4” pegs (actually about 1/64” over for the holes and about 3/128” over for the pegs, the pegs get fit after the fact. I made the pegs by milling maple stock to 3/4” x 3/4” x 12” long (or so, whatever length of scrap I had), then I set up a 3/8” round over bit in the router table and ran all but the first 2” and last 2” of the piece on all 4 sides. If you set the router up correctly, it leaves you with a perfectly round 3/4” dowel (or slightly over) with 2” still square on either end. I cut the ends off and cut the dowels to 4” lengths, then I use an 1/8” round over bit to ease the ends. Thanks for the compliment, hope that helped.


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#9 posted 04-07-2013 12:28 PM

adding this to my ‘To Do’ list! Lily (1 1/2) will love it! Thanks for the inspiration…truly awesome execution on the project – love the wood choices

-- Steve

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#10 posted 04-07-2013 04:33 PM

Wonderful project for a small budding woodworker….:). Nice job.

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#11 posted 04-07-2013 07:11 PM

WOW, you turned each peg individually, now that is commitment to excellence! Great Job. I had forgotten that these things exist. My kids will be starting families of their own in the not too very distant future and that would be a great project to do for them.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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