|Project by Airframer||posted 11-06-2014 02:52 AM||5730 views||25 times favorited||45 comments|
My boy is almost 18 months old and back around the end of July beginning of August time frame I noticed how much he enjoyed messing with my workbench. The handwheels and sliding deadman in particular along with seeing what all he could fit in the dog holes. Since he had been spending more and more time out in the shop with me I decided he needed his own bench that he could reach everything on that was “just like Daddys”.
Nearly 100% of the wood for this bench was left over scraps from my own bench build and aside from the metal hardware the bench cost nearly nothing to build.
Every vise on this is functional and I even included my best rendition of the wonderful chain vise invented and sold by Jim Ritter (LJ Boatman53) of Ancora Yacht Service that I have on my bench. I have no idea how it will hold up but it is the best solution I could think of for a vise that a 1 year old could operate lol.
I just finished up putting a few coats of danish oil on it while he is having a sleep over at Grandmas so he has yet to see the finished project but if his reaction to his sneak peek this weekend is any indication.. I think he may be out in the shop more often :D
And in the tradition of the smackdown thread.. no bench build is complete without a Bondo Pose.. this is the best he would let me get out of him lol..
He finally got to see and play with the finished bench and he is just BESIDE himself with excitement over this.. worth every minute used to build it!
-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"