Child's Bench

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Project by bookworm posted 02-20-2012 10:52 PM 2752 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one had a few “firsts” in it for me. First time I’ve rescaled a project plan, first attempt at wedged tenons, and first project specifically intended for my little girl. This was an exclusively hand tool project, so no electrons where harmed in the making of it; not that there is anything wrong with that.

It’s based off of the Pop Wood Mud Room Bench “I Can Do That” project. The main changes made were to scale it down to toddler size, skip the biscuits, and the use of wedged tenons instead of screws. The wedges were made of white oak scrap. It’s 7” high by 2’ long by 6” wide. I arrived at the height by measuring my daughter’s favorite seat in the house; the first stair leading up to the porch. It’s home center yellow pine and currently has one coat of Minwax poly on it. As you can see, there is a slight splay to the legs in the third picture. I wish that was intentional. But it doesn’t look bad to me and as she’ll probably use it some as as a step stool a little more stability can only be a good thing.

This one won’t win any prizes but it is suited to it’s purpose and I learned a lot from it. In a few more months, when she has outgrown it, I might build a larger version and splurge on some home center poplar. :-)

Thanks for looking.


-- "I asked my wife if I look dorky in the video below where I'm planing that long piece of wood. Her reply: "It's all dorky."" - Mitch Roberson from his blog Furnitude

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 10:54 PM

That’s very cool, and you daughter is adorable. I bet she loves it.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 11:42 PM

I see a cute little one who I’m sure would give it a prize it she could. Nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 12:18 AM

Very nice. I should use more pine, not sure I can get the pretty yellow stuff around here.

I did a step thing for my girl years back, she had trouble with it tipping up when she would step on the overhanging edge. Hope your little one does not have that problem with your effort. It looks great!

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 02:20 PM

Very nice bench. I built a step stool a couple years back for my daughters, a little bench might be a nice follow up. Thanks for the inspiration!

-- Nat, UPstate NY,

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 04:01 PM

Nice job. Like the wedge tenons.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 02-21-2012 05:29 PM

Thanks for the feedback gang.

Martyroc, though I say it who shouldn’t, yes, my daughter is adorable (gets that from her mother, btw) and I look forward to building her a house full of furniture through the years.

Danpaddles, I understand what you’re saying about the tipping over factor. Just a few days before I shot the pic above she climbed up on a kitchen chair, tipped it over, and bruised her lip. I’m hoping the bench will be part learning aid in that falling off it will be less dangerous than falling off chairs, beds, etc and she’ll develop an appreciation for gravity.

Helkat, I was thinking that an actual step stool might be the next project for her! I have my eye on a couple of plans that might work.

Again, thanks for the feedback everyone.

-- "I asked my wife if I look dorky in the video below where I'm planing that long piece of wood. Her reply: "It's all dorky."" - Mitch Roberson from his blog Furnitude

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