Kids Workbench Build #6: It Has Legs!! Well... Two Of Them..

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 09-08-2014 02:43 AM 1539 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Glue Ups and Legs! Part 6 of Kids Workbench Build series Part 7: Legs Done.. On To The End Caps.. »

Yet another weekend and yet another couple days of shop time with the boy working on his bench. I have been trying to sneak in there as much as I can without him to kinda skip ahead a bit. I am not sure he has the attention span for a drawn out workbench build (ahem Stef.. ) so we need to get this thing moving lol.

It all started on Saturday with the through mortises for the front legs. I was luckily able to get the oh so boooring job of laying out the mortises done while he was napping (gonna miss those when they go away ya know).

And also had enough time to do a quick sharpen of my chisels of choice..

Then we got on with the choppin’..

Banging away with a mallet is the highlight of his time in the shop right now lol..

In no time at all we had 2 mortises down and that wrapped up our Saturday.

Then tonight I snuck away long enough to cut and fit the tenons on the two front legs.

They are a bit gappy on the top but snug and gaps are easily plugged.

The boy wanted me to remind all of you to always put the mallet away when you are finished..

Next up is to work out the 20 degree splay angle and chop two more mortises then onward to the endcaps and tool well.

I know to some of you this is a great waste of time, space and lumber but this has to be the most rewarding thing I have done in years. Thank you for following along and we hope to have a mini bench in the very near future. Stay tuned!

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

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View tyvekboy's profile


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#1 posted 09-08-2014 02:52 AM

Thatʻs going to be such a cute little workbench.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

View Brit's profile


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#2 posted 09-08-2014 04:09 AM

Great project Eric. Time in the shop with kids is always very rewarding.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

View kaerlighedsbamsen's profile


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#3 posted 09-08-2014 08:13 AM

Just read through this blog and enjoyed it a lot. Nice to do projects with the kids..

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Don W

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#4 posted 09-08-2014 11:18 AM

before you know it, his kids will be standing behind that bench. Well done.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 09-08-2014 12:35 PM

Time well invested, and that Bench is looking Great.

...true, that he may not remember the actual build, but he will always remember that his Dad took the time to ’help him build’ his first Woodworking Bench. ;-)

Good for you Dad.
Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Don Broussard

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#6 posted 09-08-2014 01:19 PM

Nice project but an even better story, Eric! Put some pictures of you and he working on the bench in his memory box so he can remember through pictures of how he and his Dad “really did build that” Thanks for taking us along on the build.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

View Airframer's profile


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#7 posted 09-08-2014 06:38 PM

Thanks for reading along folks! Now that it has a couple of legs I am starting to get more and more excited for the finished product lol. Stay tuned.. vises and other crap to come :D

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

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#8 posted 09-08-2014 07:53 PM


Great stuff Eric. Thanks.

-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 09-09-2014 03:07 PM

Some of my best shop projects were done while talking to the kids. They came to the shop and talked about everything. Always made me feel like they trusted me and needed me there!!! They all have kids and lives of their own now, but i still think about thoes talks alot!!!

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