PaPa's Grandkid ~ Mahogany Woodworking Bench & Stool

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Project by BRAVOGOLFTANGO posted 02-21-2014 03:46 AM 2390 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this with my youngest Grandson Brantley aka “Goose”, he turned 2 couple weeks back and I wanted build him a workbench for the shop & house for his size. He helped me with the framework and absolutely loves working in his PaPa’s shop, so I needed something for him to grow into woodworking over the years.

I built the top from solid mahogany scraps that were too short to make the top linear, so glued them together, routed the edges & ran it through the Dewalt Planer. It was an opportunity to use my glue-joint bit on my router table which I had no idea how it worked prior YouTube haha! The scraps were from the blue square bucket Goose is digging in.

Funniest thing was after finishing it and it being all pretty, I knew it would be a few minutes prior being put through sea-trials as we Navy guys call it. Goose took my favorite Ridgid drill and went to town on the top in Pic-3, haha. When he finished he said “look PaPa ..I did it!” lol lil rascal.

This summer we are going to build two Roubu woodworking tables for my oldest (4) Grandson Logan aka “Monkey” and one for Goose too.

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#1 posted 02-21-2014 04:30 AM

I love it. I made my youngest daughter a small bench when she was two or so. I drilled some 3/8 holes in the top of it and gave her a little caddy with some 3/8 dowel cut into pegs. She puts them through the bench with my rubber mallet (I drilled a 1” hole to put it on the bench). She still plays with it out in the shop when she comes out there. She’s 4 now and wants me to make her a carving knife. Her momma says she has to wait….

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi



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#2 posted 02-21-2014 04:53 AM

Thanks Lucas and that’s awesome about your daughter, it’s tough telling the grandsons “no” to certain tools, but I’m amazed at how much they retain. Right now the 2 yr old knows about a dozen of the tools in my shop and growing haha.

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#3 posted 02-21-2014 07:37 AM

Such a great idea, and great little bench. My grandson is almost 2, and he calls me papa. I bought him some tools, which are waiting for his birthday… looks like a bench is in order as well :-) They will never forget working with papa in his shop… lasting memories, and lasting lessons.

-- W. Muse, Maui Hawaii

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#4 posted 02-21-2014 09:10 AM

Looks like a future woodworker to me !!!!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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Grant Davis

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#5 posted 02-21-2014 12:45 PM

This is great. I am adding this to my list of things to build for when my daughters grace me with grandkids. However, I hope they wait a few years and finish college first.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#6 posted 02-21-2014 01:13 PM

Nice table and bench. Time in the shop with grandchildren is the best. It will provide him memories for a lifetime.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 02-21-2014 03:28 PM

Put some holes in that bench for dogs(let him help drill).
Then make some wooden dogs, put some square pieces and some round pieces on top of the dogs glued so they don’t fall through, he’ll figure a use for them, if just to put the in and pull them out.

Nice work I hope you have a childrens plastic set of tools to go with that.
In a couple of years he can have the real jr set.

-- Jeff NJ

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#8 posted 02-21-2014 03:51 PM

Way to go Papa, I can’t think of a better gift to give your grandson. What a neat way to connect with him. I love the bench and stool and I know he does too.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 02-21-2014 07:17 PM

I am a great believer in the family unit , and have always spent my time, free time ,with my wife and three children as they grew up.I also spend time in my woodshop with my little grandsone age not quite five years yet.I so much admire your association and love for your children, and here too your grandchild your a top notch gentleman in my book.
I wish more fathers and grandfathers spent their time investing in their childrens future.This is what is lacking with the crazy money hungry society we have today.
I know many people do what we did and still do with our children I still am here for my three sons and help them whenever they need it.Just like you do,I love and get great happiness from my family.So I say keep it up and keep reminding all parents out there what it is about.Have a great continuing and happy life buddy. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease



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#10 posted 02-21-2014 07:48 PM

Thank you Scotsman and everyone for the kind comments. As for tools, he uses some real tools under supervision, Goose calls a level a “bubble” (haha old-school woodworker) and he loves the drill & impact driver. I don’t let him use it with bits, but I do make him wear hearing muffs and eye protection. I’m looking for some mini-work gloves, think I found some on Amazon.

Scotsman, that is so true what you say about todays society, you know there is no shortage of youth today that are bored and either stuck to their xbox & playstations vs real activity. It’s ashame to see them miss out on so much, but when you can get them engaged in a hobby, they tend to do better it seems. I’m excited I have two grandsons who love building things and a nearly 1 yr old grandaughter whom I hope will enjoy woodworking. I offshore & inshore bay kayak fish during the spring, summer & fall and hope when these kiddos get older they’ll get into fishing as well.

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#11 posted 02-22-2014 02:26 AM

Her definitely knows what it is for and I am sure he will enjoy for a long time

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 02-27-2014 02:58 PM

Beautiful and sturdy set of table and bench! The adorable kid will enjoy using it and looks like he’s going to be like grand pa.

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#13 posted 02-28-2014 08:58 PM

Now this really makes me wish my Grandkids lived closer to me so I could spend some shop time with them. Or just some more time with them would be nice. Pretty much every time I vist them my Daughter has a list of things for me to fix or make around the house and I try to have the kids be part of it as well.

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