Grandson's First Workbench from "Santa"

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Project by Geedubs posted 12-10-2011 09:36 PM 1501 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a child, some of my fondest visions at Christmas were of that mythical Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole with Santa lording over the frenetic activities and the Elves working themselves gleefully to exhaustion creating an unlimited world of wonderful toys. Somehow, being in my workshop creating something for my grandkids seemed to be the closest I could come to that fond memory as I now enter my geriatric years. This was one project…the first workbench for my 4 year old grandson. This was my own simple design intended to give the look, feel and sensation of an adult woodworkers workbench. It was cheap…just standard dimensional fir lumber which I bought at Home Depot for about $9. I brought it home, dried it out a bit (as much as I could) and then cleaned it up a bit on my jointer and planer. The drawer front is a piece of scrap oak that I had and I routed my grandson’s name (GAGE) into it using a sign router template. Finished it with clear satin poly and wax. My wife found a cheap 64 set of B&D toy tools which will go along with the bench so that our grandson has his own bench and tools next to his dad’s. Ho ho ho.

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 10:27 PM

Id love to see the look on the little guys face when he opens this one and im sure its something you and he will cherish. Nice work!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 02:45 AM

Great project, great gift….nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 12-11-2011 03:57 PM

Nice job!! Great gift, this will be handed down for generations.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 12-13-2011 11:44 PM

What a wonderful grandfather you are!
And what a wonderful bench, I would have died from joy as a boy if someone gave me that.
Best thoughts,

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

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#5 posted 12-14-2011 12:32 AM

Great job! A family heirloom for the future. I’m still waiting for that first grandchild and looking forward to spoiling him or her!!!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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