Kids Workbench Build #1: The silliest of stuff is always worth doing right?

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 08-10-2014 08:19 PM 1648 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Over the past month or so my 15 month old son has been following me into the shop to “Help” out in there. This has quickly become his favorite past time and goes running for the door every time I refill my coffee mug (an action that always leads shop time lol).

Once in there he is enamored with my workbench and all the cool wheels and pegs on it.

So the decision has been made that he shall have a bench to work on when helping in the shop with daddy.

Basically it will be a small version of my bench made out of left overs from my workbench build. I haven’t decided yet if the vices will be functional or just for looks (with spinning hand wheels… his favorite part). My concern with functional is getting little fingers pinched in a vise. Any thoughts on that?

So anyways… today we got started on things and got the top laminate pieces cut to size and ready for glue up.

Here are some pics of todays progress with my new shop helper keeping a close eye on things.

Some scraps pulled out to pick from..

So anyways… need to glue these up then start planning out the toolwell and legs. More to come!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 08:41 PM

It’s always good have a helper in the shop and with the new bench the sky’s the limit. By the time he is 10 he can claim to have 8+ years of woodworking experience. Nice built on the bench. You might make him a vise and try lining the jaws with foam rubber or something else that is soft. Just make sure he doesn’t try to eat it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 08-10-2014 08:53 PM

I hadn’t thought about soft rubber. Might be something to consider. I have also thought of installing some removable max travel stops just to keep them from closing all the way. Still in the planning stages lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#3 posted 08-10-2014 09:28 PM

Good stuff Eric! Maybe add a thin block in the bottom of the vice so it wont totally close?

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 08-10-2014 09:43 PM

This is great. You are a great Dad. I agree with the guys – real vise with some way to stop it from fully closing.

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

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#5 posted 08-10-2014 09:51 PM

This’ll be cool, Eric. I agree with the others about a vise that won’t close all the way. Still a chance to pinch fingers if he tries to clamp something, but much lower.

How about just adding a sleeve of pipe over the screw cut to a length that stops the travel? That would be easy to make and easy to remove when he gets older.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 08-10-2014 10:31 PM

All great ideas. I like the removable pipe idea the best so far. Simple yet effective. Now to work out a pint sized chain mechanism lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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August McCormick Lehman III

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#7 posted 08-10-2014 11:54 PM

Hey Eric if your son needs some handles for his bench have him email me ok LOL


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#8 posted 08-11-2014 03:00 AM

So. Friggin’. Cool.

Working vise. He will only smash a finger once; he’ll learn from that and he’ll still have nine others that work fine. Come on, it’s not like he’s a baby or something.

-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 08-11-2014 03:07 AM

I agree w/Tony. How the heck is he supposed to use edged tools w/o proper clamping options?

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#10 posted 08-13-2014 04:40 PM

Friggin awesome. I love that little Framer gets a bench. Now he can start his journey on being an overachiever like his old man :P

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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Mark Shymanski

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#11 posted 08-14-2014 12:02 AM

I’d vote for a working vise also. Its not like it can snap shut, he has to wind it closed, he won’t squeeze his own fingers…now if/when he has siblings all bets are off on the safety of their fingers LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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