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    Kid's Workbench with Vise

    Hello All,

    Last week we had my son's Cub Scout den over to build their pinewood derby cars. It gave the kick in the pants I needed to build three of these benches. I had originally bought the vises on clearance for $9 each, I would use a larger vice with a dog if I were to build more. Inspiration was by way of Fine Woodworking, but I didn't use maple everything.

    The benches stand at 30" with a 14" wide by 36" long worktop. The vises can grip material up to 4". The plywood is 3/4" and 1/2" scrap radiata pine (doubled up for the worktop), scrap 1/2" baltic birch plywood for the vise faces and new kiln dried studs for the legs. Glue, deck screws and assorted nuts and bolts. I think I'll give them a final sanding and seal them up because I'm sure they'll be left out at times.

    Cheers,

    Dan G

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    Cub Scouts at work:

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    Dan Gonzales
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    That would make a great gift for some of my grandkids. Very neat idea Dan
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    well done dan, and glad to see you back in town
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    Those are great Dan and looks like the scouts like them also

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    Get em while they young Dan, cool bench and vice setup. Nice size for someone working in an apartment on a balcony too just make legs a bit longer. Could be a nice indoor carving bench.
    cheers

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    my favorite builds are always building something that is going to get used a lot, something that is essential or needed.
    thanx for posting this.
    the kids prove this was a very good build.
    keep em coming.

    I also learned something, I didn't know cubscouts have little girls.
    I thought they joined girlscouts.
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    Oh yeah, I'm adding this to the list of upcoming projects for the nephews and eventually the grandson when he gets old enough.
    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    I also learned something, I didn't know cubscouts have little girls.
    I thought they joined girlscouts.
    Hello Allen,

    My two daughters were hanging around in the back because they just can't stay away from projects and there was one little girl whose twin brother is a cub scout. They are inseparable and she does the scouting projects even though she isn't a member.
    Dan Gonzales
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    Re: Kid's Workbench with Vise

    These are ridiculously cheap on clearance at Lowe's.


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    Dan Gonzales
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    I see one of those for my grandson! Nice job. On thing I might add is a piece of 1/4" or so Masonite, pressboard or fiberboard, whatever it is called, screwed to the top so it can be changed every once in a while when it get painted up or damaged.
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