Kids Nicholson Workbench

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Project by BrettMcD posted 06-17-2011 08:47 AM 5489 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay I have been lurking for quite awhile so I thought I would actually post something.

I have been starting to go down the slippery slope of hand tool work. I think mainly because my work space is so tiny that it is easier & quieter to just grab a hand tool instead of trying to wrestle machinery but I digress. Anyways my son who just had his fourth birthday loves helping me in the workshop. I think his favorite thing to do is to turn the circle into squares and rectangles with the chisel (making mortise and tenons). So I had this idea buzzing around in my head about building him a workbench, but I actually wanted it to be functional at the same time. So after looking at a couple of other saw benches I decided that I would build him a Nicholson style bench that also could double as my saw bench.

I decided on a whim to install the wagon vise with an extra veneer press screw that I had on hand from a previous attempt at making a workbench. Also decided to add a planing stop not exactly useful but fun none the less. All my son likes to do with it is hit up and down(probably about 20 times a day:). I do believe the vise and the planing stop are what he likes the most.

Oh also the top is thick enough to use holdfasts as well. Well that is it thanks for looking and this website totally rocks.

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#1 posted 06-17-2011 10:40 AM

The fact your son has his own work bench is so cool! Not long before he shows all of us up on here! :<)
Nice job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 06-17-2011 11:40 AM

Very inspiring, thanks.

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#3 posted 06-17-2011 01:47 PM

What a wonderful bench.
What a wonderful father your son have.
Best thoughts,

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

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#4 posted 06-18-2011 03:19 PM

It’s great that you have someone who enjoys helping.

That’s a great little build. Would you post some pic of the underside? I am teaching a kid how to woodwork and I think this might be a good bench design for a growing body.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#5 posted 06-18-2011 07:50 PM

Very cool! I had a similar idea about kids workbenches and sawbenches. My plan is to have a couple sawbenches that the kids can use as workbenches; looks like you are going the other way around. Mine won’t be that elaborate, that’s a lucky son you have!

-- Mike, Western New York

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#6 posted 06-20-2011 03:46 AM

I just love it. What a great idea. I’ve got one about the same age, and another approaching. Thanks for the idea.

-- --bch

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#7 posted 06-20-2011 05:31 AM

Thanks guys for the warm reception.

Mafe you make some awesome tools I have been drooling over them for awhile now. What blade did you use for the spokeshaves?

Mike thank you very much the workbench really isn’t that elaborate. it was a pretty fast build. Just a couple of leg assemblies with a 2×6 apron across it then the top just screwed down to the bottom structure. Could be done even faster if you just drilled holes for the holdfasts, no vise.

RGtools I can certainly post some more pictures of the underside let me know what you are looking for exactly and I will try to get a close up for you. I am not sure if I can edit this post or need to do an entirely different post but either way we can make it work.

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#8 posted 06-20-2011 12:51 PM

It was not spoke shaves but scraper shaves I made sorry. For the scrapers you can use and card scraper or even a old saw you cut up in good sizes, look at my blog and you can get a full walk in the park:
Best thoughts and thank you,

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

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#9 posted 06-20-2011 02:58 PM

I think I figured out the joinery on this end. One of your pics gave me the info I needed. I just did not look close enough the first time. Keep up the good work.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#10 posted 06-20-2011 03:00 PM

It’s truly fantastic!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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