|Project by RDR_82||posted 07-15-2013 01:06 PM||2546 views||5 times favorited||6 comments|
A couple months ago my now 3 year old son spent a morning in the shop with me and had a blast, so I decided that he needed his own workbench to learn and explore. I looked at a few pictures of kid benches and then put that together with some of my own ideas to come up with this. To date this is the most fun project I have built. The top is ¾ birch plywood as are the French cleat tool holding strips. The back panel is ½ birch ply as is the bottom of the tool/storage bin on the right. The hardwood is cherry, and the frame is pine 2×4. I finished it with Danish oil.
This was my first crack at dovetails, and I cut them with the bandsaw since the table tilts both ways. I really enjoyed the layout process for the dovetails and the hand tool cleanup, but found the band saw to be somewhat annoying if you wanted to take your time and get things right. The whole experience prompted me to get a dovetail saw from Veritas so I can do everything by hand on the next project. I did a French cleat tool storage system after seeing Marc Spagnuolo go over this kind of storage in his shop. I am not a fan of pegboard, but wanted something that could be customized and changed. I also liked it because my son can help me make all the various holders and add-ons…so I saved all that for our time in the shop.