Children's desk/bench/chest

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Project by Jim posted 01-16-2009 04:13 AM 7622 views 25 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was built from a U-Bild plan. At first I thought the plan was kind of silly but after building it I really liked it! The desk portion folds back into a bench backrest and the bench top opens up to storage. Clever. It was a commissioned work for a friend’s granddaughter. I just used some inexpensive maple and birch plywood and finished it using Minwax stain/sealer with a topcoat of clear poly. As most of us woodworkers know, building for kids is especially rewarding!

-- Jim,

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#1 posted 01-16-2009 04:34 AM

Great Job I like desk to a bench

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 01-16-2009 04:51 AM

Very nice

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#3 posted 01-16-2009 04:51 AM

Cool Idea and project.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 01-16-2009 06:14 AM

That’s pretty slick. Wish I had seen that back when I had little kids at home…..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 01-16-2009 04:15 PM

Nicely built bench-desk!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 01-17-2009 12:16 AM

It’s beautiful! Would be perfect for homeschooling especially with all the storage room!

-- Dana New Jersey/Maine

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#7 posted 05-01-2009 10:40 AM

Can you provide a link where the plans can be bought?


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#8 posted 02-14-2011 11:41 AM

I really like this design. How heavy is the Tabletop/back when converting from one position to the next? Would a 5 year old be able to convert from bench->desk->bench?

-- Chip, Massachusetts

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#9 posted 02-14-2011 08:00 PM

Chip, All I can say is that I think so. It isn’t very heavy and it should move quite easily. But I guess it depends on the 5 yr old. My friend’s 8 yr old, who was a fairly small girl had no problem.

-- Jim,

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#10 posted 11-10-2014 05:02 PM

I live here in Las Cruces and I can’t find anyone to build this desk for my son can anyone help?

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#11 posted 10-19-2015 07:10 PM

There use to be plans posted for this project?

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#12 posted 10-20-2015 05:08 AM


-- Jim,

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