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Novice Women Woodworkers

Rose's work Instructions Plans

Build a kids table and bench   By Les Kenny

Toddler sitting at a picnic table


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'


Note: This is the standard (inch) version.
For the metric (mm) version click here

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.

Required tools

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.

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