Some Hanukkah Gifts to Get the Grandchildren Started

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Project by Sandy posted 12-21-2017 08:47 AM 3419 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a pair of workbenches that I made for my grandchildren, along with a pair of toolboxes that I also made. So that they would have some things to make and the ability to make them, I purchased a pair of Stanley “Real Tools For Kids”, a few projects from Lowe’s, pegboard hooks, glue, Harbor Freight clamps, and a glue gun with glue sticks. I also made up a couple of “kits” so that they could make bird houses. They were all fun projects, and the grandkids were surprised and excited, so it all worked out well.

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#1 posted 12-21-2017 09:30 AM


Looks to be a great Gift for the grandkids,
In fact so great I think they deserve a few more pictures, I might suggest one of each your grandkids and a combined picture of the proud designer officially handing over the “keys” or more appropiately the hammer!!

OK now some detective work had to be done.
I see you joined in 2007 and if the home page image is around the same era that puts the GKs at around 10 possibly 11 YO or there abouts, then + – 12 months … assuming they are not twins?

Also just out of interest I would also like to see how each of them sets up their work area, that should have the makings of an interesting blog.

assuming they are jewish I think Mazel tov is the response ?

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 12-21-2017 09:39 AM


Thank you for the comment. In answer to your questions, these benches, etc. were made for the four older grandchildren… Ian (8), Maia (7), Alexa (6), and Alayna (3). If you look at my Projects, you will see other projects that I made for them for various birthdays, etc.

Next up… another Rocking Horse…. for the newest granddaughter, Addelyn (almost 5 months). I’m not, yet, sure of which woods I will use for hers, but right now maple and purpleheart are at the top of the list.

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#3 posted 12-21-2017 09:53 AM

Well that detective work failed miserably ! out by 50% ...+ 5 months

Maple and Pupleheart is a good chioce!

and I am still trying to work out how you replied so quickly, ... solved Your on line !!

-- Regards Robert

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#4 posted 12-21-2017 09:56 AM

That’s exactly how I started back in the day! Recipe for win!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#5 posted 12-21-2017 10:45 AM

This is so adorable. I saw some plastic benchtops in toy stores – they are not even close by quality and beauty.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 12-21-2017 11:40 AM

@sodabowski and @majuvia

Thank you for your comments!

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#7 posted 12-21-2017 12:51 PM

Beautifully done Sandy. The kids are sure to love them and it is nice that all 4 will all get them. I remember my older brother getting something similar one Christmas and I have to admit that I was very jealous!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 12-21-2017 01:46 PM

Grandkids are the best thing ever and this is an excellent gift idea. I’m favoriting it and tucking it away for a few years :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#9 posted 12-21-2017 02:10 PM

@stefang and @HokieKen

Thank you for the comments, and the cliche is definitely true… If I knew that grandchildren would be so much fun I would have had them first!

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#10 posted 12-21-2017 03:37 PM

These are such thoughtful gifts. How fun for your grandkids to have tools to make their own projects. Will be fun to see what they build!

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#11 posted 12-21-2017 05:16 PM

So Cute! I bet they just loved them. Much better then the plastic ones in the stores.

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#12 posted 12-21-2017 08:03 PM

These are so nice and will be great gifts. These benches along with a few tools and a little supervision will have wonderful educational value not to mention family fun.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 12-21-2017 08:06 PM

What a wonderful gift for the Grandkids. I had made a few gifts over the years, but they do not seem interested in woodwork. Perhaps in a few years when they have to start hiring people to fix things around their homes.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#14 posted 12-21-2017 08:55 PM

@BB1, sunshine, and helluvawreck, Thank you for the kind comments!

@Hawaiilad, Perhaps it’s the way you presented woodworking to them. If you send me a couple of round-trip tickets to Hawaii, I will be happy to come show you and them how to proceed, and I will also be happy to pick up some kona wood while I’m there. I’ll even turn a pen for you when I get back. :)

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#15 posted 12-21-2017 10:05 PM

You might be correct Sandy. But I think the big problem is that they live in Washington and California, I don’t get back there to visit any more and they don’t come here either. I have made some wooden tools little kits as you did, but Dad isn’t much of a woodworker either so I am not there to teach. They all say they are coming for a visit next year, and if they do, I will be prepared with little items we can make together and they can take home…perhaps that will get they started.

Edit: Keep watching the mail for those tickets :)

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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