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So.......Christmas is nearly upon us again. Since 2020 is almost over (probably a good thing) I decided after the toy truck I modified a couple years ago went over pretty well that I would make something again to go with the normal toys. 

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So the little guy likes to “work” on stuff I decided that he needed a work bench. The problem is, he is 3’ tall and 3-1/2 yrs old now and won’t always want a 22” tall work bench. Wife suggested metal legs that telescope so that’s what I did.  

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For the top I had a piece of butcher block laying around that looked nice with linseed oil on it.  After that I made up base plates for the legs.  More after supper

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I was in the basement and spotted an old suitcase style plastic Craftsman toolbox with three metal drawers. Out came the sawzall and I had drawers for the bench. Kept the original framework and bolted it into framework I made. 

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Once framework was done, the painting started. 2150 red for the frame, 935 white for the drawers, and silver for the inner part of the sleeved legs. Legs are 2” square inside of 2-1/2” square. Both have 3/16” walls. The drawers got some clear coat to hopefully protect against scratches. 

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Waited a while for paint to dry...............

 

 

 

Then, dug out a small old bench vise I had grabbed a while back thinking about this.  The legs were offset on the right side to give me room to bolt through to the plate below for strength. Backsplash was just some OSB I had with a little more butcher block on top for a shelf.

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It is 23-1/4” tall when fully nested. 39-1/4” tall when extended all the way. That way it can grow with him. Added some wise words underneath from Mom, Dad, and the Good Book with a paint marker. I had snagged an older Craftsman wrench set a year or so ago and stashed it for him some day. Added those on the backsplash. Finally I used a couple corner brackets and screwed it to the wall so it won’t tip over on anyone. The only thing I intend to change is painting the backsplash black so it will contrast the tools and the rest of the wall better. 

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38 minutes ago, Wi Ih said:

Very nice sledge

here a gift I made 

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That’s cool. Fire poker.  Tap handle medallion, chain and round rod (maybe square) I think I’m seeing?  Looks nice!

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This is from 15 to 20 years ago. Made a barn patterned after one I got as a kid, only I made half of one side of the roof hinge open. I got stuck in mine once after I had grown a bit! ?    Also made a barbie house that year for my daughter. Turned out looking more like a bookshelf with windows.....which in fact it now is and houses some of my books and manuals. ?

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8 minutes ago, iowaboy1965 said:

Psst, I think she helped!

I carried them way longer then she did!  She doesn't appreciate it when I tell her that.

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54 minutes ago, Sledgehammer said:

It is 23-1/4” tall when fully nested. 39-1/4” tall when extended all the way. That way it can grow with him. Added some wise words underneath from Mom, Dad, and the Good Book. With a paint marker. I had snagged an older Craftsman wrench set a year or so ago and stashed it for him some day. Added those on the backsplash. Finally I used a couple corner brackets and screwed it to the wall so it won’t tip over on anyone. The only thing I intend to change is painting the backsplash black so it will contrast the tools and the rest of the wall better. 

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This was a really cool project to follow along with!  

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1 hour ago, Sledgehammer said:

It is 23-1/4” tall when fully nested. 39-1/4” tall when extended all the way. That way it can grow with him. Added some wise words underneath from Mom, Dad, and the Good Book. With a paint marker. I had snagged an older Craftsman wrench set a year or so ago and stashed it for him some day. Added those on the backsplash. Finally I used a couple corner brackets and screwed it to the wall so it won’t tip over on anyone. The only thing I intend to change is painting the backsplash black so it will contrast the tools and the rest of the wall better. 

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Are you taking orders??? I’d like one a bit bigger though! 

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I am told these are ok, but will not be passable as Christmas presents.. nor will the tires i have to have mounted next week... im gonna be broke before i start Christmas shopping ?

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