Children are interested in making and using tools. You can help their creativity grow by building a workbench that’s sized for them but has the same capabilities as any full-size workstation.
Workbenches require a sturdy flat surface for working on projects, organized tool storage, adequate lighting, and space to store materials and hardware. This workbench, created by Dan Carey for the Handyman’s Club, hits all those points and is perfect for any DIYer no matter what age.
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This kid’s workbench will take about a week to build, and any beginner woodworker can tackle the project. All materials and hardware are available at Home Depot or Lowe’s and it’s easy to modify this bench to fit your desired height. The work surface is also easy to replace once finished, so it can be passed from child to child.
You can choose to paint it with your kids or just stain it and let the wood age naturally. By involving your children in this project, they will gain a greater sense of ownership and enjoy using it much more. Once done, your kids can tackle anything from building a birdhouse to making a scrapbook.
See the complete kit list and plans at Built by Kids.