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.
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.
a little help along the way:
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!