Kids Workbench

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Project by thiel posted 12-30-2010 04:42 AM 3693 views 15 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My kids are always in the shop and finally getting interested in woodworking. For Christmas, I got them some real tools, though carefully chosen ones:

—Coping saw
—Buck Bros backsaw
—Eggbeater drill and bits
—Safety glasses
—SurForm Plane
—Irwin 6” quick clamps
—Elmers Wood Glue
—Some nails and screws

And then I built them this bench. It’s based on a design at FWW, but I made some modifications. It has a real vise (a groz) and dog holes all the way down the top. I will be adding a shelf underneath the worksurface to hold up benchdogs (easier for them than friction) and to hold some of their tools.

Works great for them. Has me tempted to build a version for myself—a “super simple” workbench.

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 04:54 AM

Super cool!

I just saw one of those plastic toy workbench and thought how much better a REAL kids bench would be – like the one you made. the vise really adds great value

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 05:17 AM

Totally awesome. My three year old wants one.

-- Russ

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 10:01 AM

Built one for my son years ago, best thing I ever did for him! When it comes to your bench, remember the KISS principle, is what I always say…. Nice bench. Hope your young ‘uns will get years of use from it before it is outgrown! :)

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 03:27 PM

absolutely awesome. some other “safe” tools like a file and rasp might be good to – there’s a lot of shaping you can do with that and the surform. anyone else have ideas for good usable but relatively safe tools for kids?

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#5 posted 12-30-2010 04:06 PM

Thanks! File and rasp is a great idea!

I am learning that the egg beater drill is a little tough for them to use. Who knows, maybe they will get one of those small 10v cordless drills on the next birthday :-)

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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#6 posted 12-30-2010 05:35 PM

That’s great. I should add one of those to my list of things to build for my kids.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#7 posted 12-30-2010 05:35 PM

Ah, another project for the list I have for my Grandkids

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#8 posted 12-30-2010 06:46 PM

Wow, I envy that shelf for my own. That would be my pick for a toy for sure!

-- Jen loves wood!

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#9 posted 01-02-2011 06:24 AM

This is great… thanks for posting

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#10 posted 01-02-2011 06:29 AM

Very nice, love the idea of getting the kids involved.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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