Kids Work Bench

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Project by njcraftsman posted 01-15-2011 03:04 AM 3062 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After several “Toy” workbenches being totally destroyed by my five year old son, my wife complained “why can’t anyone make something that lasts!” So with that challenge lingering in my ear…I decided to make him a smaller version of mine, fully functional, and built to take a beating! So this is what he got for christmas….
18” by 48”. The top is simple spruce face jointed, and laminated, 3 ” thick top. Solid mortise and tenon legs and stretchers, and a real face vise. Definately kid sized….but capable of real work. Best part is the whole thing only cost 35 bucks to make (the vise was $20. at HF). Now he can help daddy in the wood shop.

So howd I do?

-- " There is no more important rule than to wear these, SAFTEY GLASSES"

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 04:49 AM

That is so AWESOME! I gotta make my girls one so they can have their own. My son is big enough to use the one I’m making for myself. (if I can ever get it done) Great job!!

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 05:04 AM

That is sweet! That should be one happy kid.

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 05:16 AM

Great project. And the height (if it comes to the bottom of your knee cap) is perfect to serve as a sawbench if you use hand saws. (that’s what I do with my kid workbench/sawbench) Just don’t let your kid catch you refering to it as YOUR sawbench…. they can get real touchy about things like that ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 01-15-2011 07:43 AM

That is awesome. I want to make one for my daughter!!!

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#5 posted 01-15-2011 08:37 AM

You did great!
Snap a photo of your little guy banging out some project on his new bench

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 08:38 AM

What height did you choose to go with?

It looks pretty and I agree with the location of the vise. I have a workbench (4 person with a vise on each corner) made for left handed saw-people and I dislike working on it greatly. I love this design!

-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

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#7 posted 01-15-2011 08:55 AM

What , no dog holes ? At least put some Puppy holes in for the poor Lad before he is the talk of the school yard Jr. woodworkers guild LOL !! Just kidding there Njcraftsman, it is a really cool bench, one that will stand the test of time, even perhaps a determined 5yr old. Happy wife, happy Son, Happy Life !! Nice work.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#8 posted 01-15-2011 03:28 PM

Okay…...the height is 30”........Rob….. I figured I drill the dog holes when his wood working skills improve….and man you said it about the happy wife bit!

-- " There is no more important rule than to wear these, SAFTEY GLASSES"

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