Kids workbench from construction material

  1. Dennis Aspö

    Dennis Aspö Member

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    I wanted to give my twin boys (age 3) a workbench but i didn't like those plastic workstation like things, just more plastic waste. Instead I decided to build them a bench I would want myself, but kids size. A roubo bench, a french design from 1770.

    I am using mostly 2x6s, 2x8 construction lumber and other things I've saved since our house build (quite a lot of leftovers really). Ideally I'd have used arctic silver birch (native harwood) but this is what I got.

    First I started by resawing a lot of lumber into suitable boards.
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    Actually the first thing I did was design the bench in sketchup. And even before that I made new lower guides for my bandsaw, so I could take on this project.
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    I missed taking any pictures of the glue up of the bench top and the next thing I have glued the legs and made mortises and tenons and am gluing up the legs.
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    The two outermost boards are assembled afterwards, this is much easier than chopping a real angled mortise. I got the tip from a video by David Barron. Then I flattened the top:
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    Sanding:
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    First coat of finish (shellac):
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    Installed in their room:
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    And I guess that's it. Maybe I'll add a vise later if they want one.
     
  2. winchman

    winchman Member

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    Thats fantastic
     
  3. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    That's really nice, bound to be an hierloom piec of furniture
     
  4. Proper bit of kit!
     
  5. daleyd

    daleyd Member

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    Great work!!:clapping:
     
  6. Welderpaul

    Welderpaul Moderator Staff Member

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    Excellent job!
     
  7. garethp Forum Supporter

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    Fantastic work!
     
  8. selectedgrub

    selectedgrub Member

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    Yes, Quality.
     
  9. Migmac

    Migmac Member

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    Very nicely done, think they need some tools to go with it
     
  10. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark If in doubt ask. Same rules for everyone

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    A Nice job, a few coats of oil and it be a life time hand me down.

    A nice vice, a few tools and it will be finished.
     
  11. waddycall

    waddycall Member

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    Beautiful
     
  12. the snooper

    the snooper getting older by the day

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    great bench but can you ask the lads to pile it up a little, its not a proper work bench if you can still see the surface of it :D
     
  13. arther dailey Member

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    Love it,really good workman ship,I would be inclined to fix it down some how so there is no way it can be toppled over onto any of them. bet they use it loads
     
  14. Dennis Aspö

    Dennis Aspö Member

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    Thanks all, the kids don't use it that much, they just never sit still long enough, running around the house is more like it. Some tools and chairs are planned for, and some storage boxes for legos etc etc...
     
  15. danbrown89

    danbrown89 Member

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    As much as I love good quality metalwork, I was always a big fan of good craftsmanship from wood. outstanding work
     
  16. Northumbrian

    Northumbrian Member

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    Very nice
     
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