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A Workbench for a One Year Old, From Scrap Materials

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Project by Carter posted 752 days ago 1664 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this workbench for my nephew’s first birthday. As you can see from the last picture it is a little bit big for him right now but he likes it and it should last for several years.

The bench top was made from scrap pine that I removed from an old bed foundation. It was my first attempt at squaring materials with my jointer and planer and face gluing boards. The top was finished with Butcher Block Oil because I was worried about him chewing on it.

The frame was made from some scrap poplar from another project. The frame is held together with pocket hole screws. I was going to leave the frame with a natural color but decided to paint it red since it will only be a toy for him.

I added the frame with the pegboard on the back mostly for looks now, I figured that his dad could decide when he was big enough to have hooks to hang his tools on.

This was a fun project from all scrap materials. Hopefully in a few years he can move the bench into my shop and we can make some things together.

-- Kyle





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pastorglen

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#1 posted 752 days ago

Sweet! Your son will never be the same!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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ChrisK

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#2 posted 752 days ago

Good looking bench. My son has almost outgrown the plastic one from a yard sale. He is 4 and will help build his next bench.

-- Chris K

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lizardhead

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#3 posted 752 days ago

Well you may be cheating a little—but sure is a great way to keep him close.

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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gillyd

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#4 posted 751 days ago

Kids got a better bench than me! Nice work :)

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 716 days ago

Great bench! The smile says it all.

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

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