Novice Women Woodworkers
Build a kids table and bench By Les Kenny
These plans and instructions were authored by request from a young lady who was about to embark on her first ever woodworking project. The young ladies name is Rose and she wanted to make an outside table with a separate bench for her two small children. She explained to me what she wanted and set the boundaries regarding shape and style.
My task was to design a simple structure within those boundaries, draw plans, and write instructions as simple as possible befitting
of a first time DIY woodworker.
Fast forward, and she dealt to the task with relative ease. You can see how she mastered it here
This is the first in a series titled 'beginner Woodworkers'
This is an easy-to-build table with a separate seat suitable for small kids.
The structure can be built with a minimum of tools.
The table is 44" long, 17-1/2" wide, and 20-3/4" high.
The seat is 44" long, 10" wide, and 12-3/4" high.
This project is made using 3/4" x 2-1/2" stock. That means the wood is 3/4" thick and 2-1/2" wide.
The only other size wood used is 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" stock. That means the wood is 1-1/2" wide and 1-1/2" thick.
The latter is only used for the top rails, which are the cross-members that the table-top boards and the seat-top boards are screwed to.
If you cannot source the exact stock sizes mentioned above (width and thickness), then go for something near.
You may have to make an adjustment or two to the plans but it all should be easy enough to sort out.
For this project you will only need a sharp handsaw, a screwdriver (electric or hand), a measuring tape, a pencil, a square, a few clamps - the more the merrier, and you will need a miter box in order to make straight cuts across the wood.
Before you start
Have a skim through the notes and a run over the plans to familiarize yourself with the parts.
Prepare a workbench. A flat stable surface at a height to suit.
Have all the tools and materials handy.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page 01 Introduction, required tools, before you start note
Page 02 The parts and cutting list
Page 03 Step 1 & 2. Cut the pieces and drill the side boards
Page 04 Step 3. Mark position for the first side board
Page 05 Step 4. Fix the first side board
Page 06 Step 5 & 6. Add and fix the remaining side boards
Page 07 Step 7. Prepare the table top and seat top
Page 08 Step 8. Clamp the sides to the tops
Page 09 Step 9. Add the braces and it's all done