This is a workbench I made for my nearly 3yo son to play around on when I am outside with him. He is a little young to be woodworking but it’s fantastic for kids painting and glue craft projects, all the mess stays in one spot!
I did go out and buy some pine for this but I also used as much scrap as I could. If buying it all brand new the whole bench would come in under $50, but my total outlay was less than $20.
I used my Kreg Pocket Hole Jig to put this together, no glue whatsoever. If you have a Kreg jig or are thinking of getting one, this is a project that the Kreg pocket hole system helps you build in what seems like minutes, the parts just butt up and get screwed in.
As for no glue, well, my thinking is simply economical, in the future he will either never use it, or will need a taller one; in either case by not using glue I can easily unscrew the whole assembly and reuse the wood. I have no strength issues with it, it is very sturdy.
Children love drawing with chalk so I thought I’d make the back panel of this bench into a chalkboard for them. I was going to put the standard rectangle shaped board on the back as I have in the plans, but I happened to have an elephant shape already cut out of plywood; it was a previous project I was working on that didn’t turn out right so I thought I’d re-use it here.
It’s been great so far, it’s really useful for the kids to have somewhere to paint, glue & glitter that isn’t the outside dining set. There are heaps of embellishments you could easily add to it as well; a fancier paint job, small vice, proper pegboard, drawers, shelves, etc.
If you make one for your kids or have already done so, be sure to let me know about it!
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