Toy Workbench

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 11/30/2010 - 21:04
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Delight your little woodworker with this simple workbench suitable for toddlers and preschoolers.

This week, our entire family has been battling a couple standard Alaska things.  One being the weather.

And the other being wheezing.  I'll spare you a photo.

So I was quite grateful to the Ram tonight for lending his superior building skills and whipping this one out.  I was helping him cut some boards, then went inside to tell Grace a bed time story . . . perhaps dozed off for just a few minutes, and the Ram wakes me up to tell me to get the camera.  So don't think you don't have time to put something like this together for your little one in time for Christmas.

Would be cute pink too!  This piece cost about $10 to build, and is definitely sized for a preschooler toddler.  I used mostly scraps, with some new 1x3s furring strips for $1.43 each.  Dimensions are based off the Pottery Barn Kids one.  Because the bench is made of solid wood, you can drill holes in the legs, back, or workbench for pounding blocks through or hanging tools on the back or even attach a vise or pretend saw blade.  Your creativity (and time of course) are your only limitations!  Can't wait to see what you build!

Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

1 – 4′ long 1×12
2 – 8′ long 1x3s
1 1/4″ screws
2″ screws
wood glue, filler paint and finishing supplies

Cut List

1 – 1×12 @ 18″
1 – 1×12 @ 19 1/2″
4 – 1×3 @ 11 1/2″
3 – 1×3 @ 19 1/2″
4 – 1×3 @ 18 1/4″

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Tabletop Sides

Here’s an easy trick – lay some 1×3 down on the table flat, then lay the 1×12 tabletop down on top of the 1x3s. That way the top is elevated 3/4″. Then simple screw the sides to the tabletop. Use glue, predrill pilot holes, and use 2″ screws or 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.

Step 2


This is easy too. Just predrill holes and screw on. Use 2″ screws and glue.

Step 3


Attach the back to the top with 2″ screws and glue.

Step 4


Predrill two holes along the top edges of the legs. Then attach to the tabletop with 1 1/4″ screws and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Bottom Front and Back

And now the front and back. Use 1 1/4″ screws and glue this time.

Step 7


Fill holes with wood filler and let dry. Make sure holes are completely filled – you may need to add a second coat. Sand with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum and wipe clean with a damp cloth. Prime and paint.

Step 8

I sure appreciate you reading my ramblings, and trusting my plans. Thank you!


Kelly (not verified)

Wed, 12/01/2010 - 06:05

This is great. I definitely want to make this for my little girl. Now, where do I find tools for a two-year-old?

Farm Marm (not verified)

Wed, 12/01/2010 - 06:48

I LOVE it! But I agree with Tsu Doh Nimh..I would use some peg board for hanging tools from. My two lil ones also have the Black and Decker tool set..what they haven't destroyed.. I would like to get just the tools from a Little Tikes set.....

kerry davis (not verified)

Wed, 12/01/2010 - 06:58

Ana - you are awesome! And I am the slowest painter around! It takes me forever to get my stuff painted. Do you use a sprayer?
BTW - I love reading every word of your ramblings!!

SebringvilleMum (not verified)

Wed, 12/01/2010 - 10:08

Ok... it's been driving me nuts for awhile now... WHAT does Ram mean???
I'm assuming it's a cute nickname for your husband, but what does it stand for??


zigmommy (not verified)

Wed, 12/01/2010 - 13:15

Thanks Ana!! I'm gonna have to knock this out in the next few days...I have all the lumber in my garage!

My one Black Friday stop this year? ACE, because they were selling a Peak Portable Jump Starter for $29.99 (Oh, I bought the Shop Vac too because I just couldn't pass it up)!! My Expedition doesn't like the cold and we've already had weeks of negative temps in Montana. Never again do I have to be stranded with a dead battery or rely on the kindness of strangers to jump my car! This thrills me to no end, lol!