Our first project - 5 board bench

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Project by Mitchell Blankenship posted 1431 days ago 2651 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here it is our first father / son woodworking project. We chose a simple five board bench made of cedar. It still has a little bit of finishing work to do but This is pretty much what we ended up with. It’s not perfect and I kind of like it that way. It was a bonding and learning experience and every nick, scratch and just plain bad cut was fun and exciting for us. I know it’s not much but it is worth it’s weight in gold to my son and I.

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#1 posted 1431 days ago

Looks like an awesome bench to me! Keep it up. They grow up wayyy to fast.

-- The only difference between a fiddle and a violin is the nut at the end of the bow.

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#2 posted 1431 days ago

Sounds like a new family heirloom… congratulations :)

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#3 posted 1431 days ago

Now that’s what I like to see!! Spending time and teaching a child usable skills, is a investment that will pay huge dividends! Fine looking bench and of course some wonderful looking children.

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#4 posted 1431 days ago

Neat bench – those nicks and scratches give it character – my kids continue to add character to our projects long after completion. Great job working with the little dudes.

-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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#5 posted 1431 days ago

In the last picture I see a future carpenter, he has that look in his eye. Keep training him well and he will go far!
good team work.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 1431 days ago

You can’t get that at any price, time with your kids is priceless

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#7 posted 1431 days ago

Great looking bench guys. I think you two make a good woodworking team. Can’t wait to see what you guys build next. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 1431 days ago

Wonderful bench you made together, you can tell your father that he have to be proud of you.
(And to you father, it’s wonderful to see this, I love also the ‘project’ time with my kid(s)).

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 1431 days ago

Great Lookin Bench

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 1431 days ago

Great bench. Even better, great time with your son. Keep him busy and involve him now. When they get to about 13 or 14, all of a sudden, it isn’t so cool to hang out with dad anymore. However, I have learned, that if you spend that time with them now, it will be easier to keep them interested when they get older. Congratulations on the project. Bet there will be many more.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#11 posted 1431 days ago

Look great to me and his face say’s everything. He looks really proud and I know you are too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#12 posted 1431 days ago

Super bench and an unforgettable time spent together….....!!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#13 posted 1431 days ago

looking forward to the same experience with my son someday

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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#14 posted 1431 days ago

Fantastic bench, and as others have said, time well spent with your son. I am impressed by your attitude of “bad cuts and all”. That is just the kind of approach that leaves it as the most enjoyable experience. If you obsessed over the mistakes it would diminish the experience for both of you. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Mitchell Blankenship

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#15 posted 1430 days ago

Thanks for the comments everyone. Like I said we still have a little finishing work to do on the bench but we are already making plans for the next project and the next. I really enjoyed doing this with my son. More than I can say and I think the best part of it all is the look on his face when he shows everyone the bench we have made :P

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