kid’s workbench

2013-04-27 13.17.08

Anyone who wants to involve children in woodworking should consider building a good sturdy low bench to accommodate their work height.  I made this workbench for the kid’s workshops I taught at the library this spring.  After cutting and fitting all the joinery, I didn’t have time to glue up properly, so instead I let the kids assemble the bench.  Then, I knocked it apart and did it again with another group.

As adults, we have tables at 28″-30″ and kitchen counters at 36″. Desks and workbenches are in that range of heights.  What do kids get?  You can’t get a full range of body motion standing on a stool, certainly not to plane boards or cut joinery.  Children need a work surface that fits their height.  This one is 24″, and seems to work fairly well with the seven-year-olds and older.  I can work at it on my knees.

About michaellangford2012

Timber framer, boatbuilder, dreamer, writer, musician; collector of books, tools, aphorisms. "There is nothing, absolutely nothing…half so much worth doing…as simply messing about in boats."
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