Kid's Country Bench

Submitted by Jenny on Tue, 10/12/2010 - 11:15

Hi!  I made the Kid's Country Bench for my first ever woodworking project.  Making this bench was the first time I've used a jigsaw (purchased for this project) and the first time drilling a pilot hole.  My husband answered a couple of questions along the way, but I did all the work myself and am so proud.

bench

I did change some dimensions to accommodate pretty baskets I wanted to use.  This is going to be very helpful for corralling two little boys' shoes in my entry.

bench

a little help along the way:

bench

A note on the finish:

I really wanted to stain this and prime and paint later as a last resort, if needed.  My concern was the wood putty.  I didn't get the "stainable" stuff since I've only heard bad things about it.  I got some that would supposedly blend pretty well.  You can see that it's too dark for my stain, but I'm ok with that in the end.  I think it' makes it look like reclaimed wood or something.  You can also see on the end where I drilled two holes in the wrong spot (oops!) despite measuring twice, cutting once.  (That doesn't help if you're measuring the wrong number!)  :-)

 

Next up, I'm going to make the loft bed for my 3-year-old son.  I let him pick from a couple of bed plans, and he pretty much begged for the loft.  I can't wait to get started on that!

parri

Sat, 10/16/2010 - 06:31

Nice job! Isn't that a great starter project?

Jenny

Mon, 10/18/2010 - 14:31

Yes, it's awesome!  It's possible to build with NO experience, but it still has style and interest.  I've invited all the neighbors in to see my "baby."  They already thought I was nuts anyway.  :-)

anawhite (not verified)

Wed, 02/23/2011 - 16:36

Beautiful!

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