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Project by clieb91 posted 01-28-2012 01:13 AM 2582 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As some of you may know my daughter loves to join me in the workshop. In the 3rd picture you can see the little bench concept she has been working at when she is not helping me at the main bench. The fact that I want to reorganize my entire shop and this Winter’s Woodworking Challenge gave me the idea to build her something more of a bench. The spot by the door held what was planned to be my assembly table (which quickly became a drop point) So I disassembled the entire thing and reworked it into a new bench for her. This bench may look very over built but I decided to build it for later expansion. The legs can be removed and I can cut longer ones in order for the bench to grow with her a bit. The top is the only part I purchased and is standard mdf so we can replace it later if need be as well.
She has already hung up some of her tools and I told her that we will look for some others over the next few months. I am looking forward to her learning and doing more in the workshop :)


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 01-28-2012 01:24 AM

That’s great. Will promote a whole lot of daddy/daughter bonding.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 01-28-2012 01:35 AM

I love that, it’s special to share shop time with your little cutie, she’s a doll.

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#3 posted 01-28-2012 02:00 AM

That’s cool! I wish I had had time and space to do that as my kids were growing up.

I have a few small antique tools I have been saving for my grand sons. One is old enough but the other is a bit too young yet for sharp things and since they live 1300 miles away, I can’t be there to oversee the work.

The tools may have to wait until summer visits start up.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 01-28-2012 02:55 AM

That is cool. My youngest daughter likes to join me as well, so a few years ago I made her her own tool box with tools for her birthday. I’m tempted to show her these pics but I’m afraid I’d have to give up some of my coveted work space in my shop.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#5 posted 01-28-2012 07:10 AM

This is truly a wonderful thing you are doing for your cute daughter. Personally I experienced just the opposite when I was young and to this day it still bothers me. You are a good dad and I love what you are doing for her!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 01-28-2012 09:56 AM

I hope her interest continues

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 01-28-2012 03:28 PM

Way to go Dad! I love it when my daughters come out to shop to help out old Dad do what ever…. I bet you are getting as much out of this project as your baby girl… Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 01-28-2012 03:35 PM

Are those storage boxes empty wipe containers…awesome. And great little bench.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#9 posted 01-28-2012 07:47 PM

Thats awesome. I know my kids drop what ever they are doing every time they see me head for the shop. Its a wonderful thing to be able to pass down your passions and knowledge ( no matter how big or small that knowledge is lol), to your kids. I love my kids following me around they shop, it lets me bound with them in a way you normally dont get to. Im gonna have to make on big enough for my 3 kids to work at together lol.

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

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#10 posted 01-28-2012 08:04 PM

Thanks all for the comments. She was downstairs working at it this morning already. She has taken a liking to making tops for her friend’s birthday and she had a party this afternoon. Great simple project for her to work on hammering and fitting a couple of pieces together then I help her to decorate by using the drill.

@DYankee,trust me I hear ya. That space is prime real estate in my shop and she is going to get a little boxed in but I am hoping it will all be worth it.

@spunwood, yep those are wipe containers. My DW got a massive deal on wipes when my daughter needed them, there was no way I was going to let so many containers go to waste so my shop, the sewing room and i think even the playroom have a few to keep stuff in. They work great and stack easily to about 3 high.

@DaddyT, sounds like you are going to need a pretty big bench. Great to hear that they love working with you though.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 01-29-2012 02:15 PM

this is very nice,,,i wish my grandchildren wanted to come into the shop some

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#12 posted 01-29-2012 03:30 PM

Way to go, Dad.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 01-31-2012 11:26 AM

Way to go Chris. My boy is 4 and has shown only passing interest in what I do but I have managed to get him hammering and even cutting some MDF with a coping saw. You and your girl are an inspiration, well down.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#14 posted 01-31-2012 07:32 PM

Thanks Woodfix, There a perhaps a couple of small projects you could work on with him and maybe it will sparka little more interest. Perhaps the easist one, that my daughter loves is making tops. She has now made a few on her own for friend’s birthday gifts. I just used disks cut out with a hole saw and the proper size dowel to fit the hole sharpened with a pencil sharpener then banged into the hole. Can be decorated anyway you like. I have recently been chucking them up in the drill for her so she can use markers to color them.

Once I get through my shop remodel, I was thinking about posting some kid friendly type stuff in my blog as I work on them with my daughter.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#15 posted 04-04-2015 04:51 PM

What a wonderful spot and what a wonderful little LJ.
Did she make the creative woodworking project on the third picture? So cool!
Lovely bench lovely time.
Best thoughts,

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

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