We have such a fun lineup this year for our ongoing yearly Handmade Holiday series! Today is all about the little builders and as folks who love to make the sawdust fly, I figure this workbench toy is nothing short of building a legacy for our kids to learn from. I know my boys love to build and then of course tear down, so my gorgeous little baby bird who is now two, would be in heaven with this one. His big brother would probably adore this as well, some things never get old and banging on things with hammers is one of those things!
- 2 – 1×2 at 8’
- 2 – Quarter Sheet of 1/2” plywood at – 2’x2’
- 4 – 1×2 at 18” – Legs
- 4 – 1×2 at 9-1/4” – Top and Bottom Side Rails
- 2 – 1×2 at 19” – Top Shelf Supports
- 2 – 1×2 at 19” – Bottom Front and Back Rails
- 1 – 1/2” plywood at 9-1/4”x19” – Bottom Shelf
- 1 – 1/2” plywood at 10-3/4”x19” – Top Shelf
- 1 – 1×2 at 10-3/4” – Tool Holder
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Cut the pieces for the Legs and the Top and Bottom Side Rails. Set the Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the ends of the Top and Bottom Side Rails. Make sure the pocket holes face the inside of the Workbench. Assemble pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat this step twice, once for each end of the Workbench.
Cut the pieces for the Top Shelf Supports and Bottom Front and Back Rails. Drill pocket holes in the ends of these 4 pieces. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. The holes should face the inside of the Workbench. The Top Shelf Supports and the Bottom Front and Back Rails should line up with the inside edge of the Legs.
Cut the piece for the Bottom Shelf. Set the Kreg Jig for 1/2” and drill pocket holes in all sides of the Shelf. Align the bottom of the Shelf with the bottom of the Bottom Front and Back Rails and Bottom Side Rails, making sure that the pocket holes face the ground. Assemble as shown with glue and 1” pocket screws.
Cut the Top piece. Secure to the Top Shelf Supports with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.
Drill a series of 3/4” holes as shown. These can be used for hammering dowels (i.e. nails) into the workbench!
Install knobs on one end of the Workbench. We installed one at the top of each Leg, but have fun with it! You can use knobs, hooks, or clips in varying colors and sizes.
Cut the piece for the Tool Holder. Drill a series of 1/2” holes as shown. To create the cutout, first drill your 1/2” holes and then use your jigsaw to cut the rest of the shape.
Install the Tool Holder as shown with small L brackets.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School
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