Child's Woodworking Bench

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Project by Chestnut Hill Woodworks posted 07-15-2013 01:06 PM 4630 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple months ago my now 3 year old son spent a morning in the shop with me and had a blast, so I decided that he needed his own workbench to learn and explore. I looked at a few pictures of kid benches and then put that together with some of my own ideas to come up with this. To date this is the most fun project I have built. The top is ¾ birch plywood as are the French cleat tool holding strips. The back panel is ½ birch ply as is the bottom of the tool/storage bin on the right. The hardwood is cherry, and the frame is pine 2×4. I finished it with Danish oil.

This was my first crack at dovetails, and I cut them with the bandsaw since the table tilts both ways. I really enjoyed the layout process for the dovetails and the hand tool cleanup, but found the band saw to be somewhat annoying if you wanted to take your time and get things right. The whole experience prompted me to get a dovetail saw from Veritas so I can do everything by hand on the next project. I did a French cleat tool storage system after seeing Marc Spagnuolo go over this kind of storage in his shop. I am not a fan of pegboard, but wanted something that could be customized and changed. I also liked it because my son can help me make all the various holders and add-ons…so I saved all that for our time in the shop.

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#1 posted 07-15-2013 01:44 PM

It’s a wonderful thing to do for your son and it looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 07-16-2013 12:02 AM

Outstanding project. I had my youngest son sawing boards with a real saw at only 3. He has built a good collection of real tools since then (he even has his own Shop-Vac). He will be 5 on Wednesday.

You will build many memories with your son.

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#3 posted 07-16-2013 01:26 AM

Very nice.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#4 posted 07-16-2013 08:21 AM

Very nice indeed, Can’t wait for my son, now 6 months old, to stretch just a bit to make him one to.
My daughter is now 4 years old, and it’s always a pleasure having her with me while working, no matter the mess she leaves behind.
But the wife WILL kill me if I make something like this for her. Will have to wait for the boy to grow up a bit. Thanks for sharing.

-- Riaan

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#5 posted 07-18-2013 02:29 PM

Cool and sweet project! It looks good and your son will get lots of fun and learning with it. You will create great quality time and memories together. Way to go Dad!

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#6 posted 07-18-2013 02:34 PM

looks real nice. I bet it will make the shop time that much more fun

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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