Wednesday, November 24, 2010

AJ's new workbench

My one and a half year old grandson, AJ, loves to shadow his Daddy, The Engineer, doing jobs around the house. I thought AJ would enjoy a workbench of his own, and made one from this nightstand I bought for $3.00 at our local Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store. I also had to buy a can of paint, but everything else we had at home. The drawer pull is made from a folding wooden rule that belonged to my father who did not live long enough to meet AJ. It's sentimental, as I know they would have had a special bond. We delivered it this week while visiting for Thanksgiving, and AJ loves it!

Coincidentally, a label inside the drawer stated the furniture was made in a Florida prison. I bought it in Virginia; it is now back in Florida!


drawer detail
love that sweet little arm...


  1. cutest workbench i've ever seen!!! can't wait to see the play kitchen next.
    oh...and love your blog.

  2. this is AMAZING! come on over and link up to M.M.M.!!

  3. I LoVe this!!...and I know my little boy would too :) Thanks so much for sharing! BTW...I featured it here:

    Thanks again! :)

  4. this is adorable! looove it!!! i wish my little guys was old enought for one! hes only 10 months but this is a must when he gets a little older:) im going to put this on my blog:)

  5. So cute! By the way... did you know that this is ALL over blog world! :) Great job on making such a great piece!!!

  6. How wonderful!!! Something for a boy that I absolutely without a doubt LOVE. This is now at the top of my To Do list! Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!!!!

  7. What a fantastic idea! Now, if my kids would get busy and make me some grandbabies!

  8. Please forward links and photos when you make one!

  9. Just amazing. Truly. I am already trying to think of an existing, comparable piece of furniture that I can repurpose to make one of these for my son's room!

    All the subtle details you incorporated really make this piece such a standout to me! This is by far a much nicer and more thoughtful gift for a young boy than any plastic toy workbench could aspire to be. Kudos to you :P

  10. So excited to see this! I've seen lots of play kitchens from nightstands but this is the first workbench. Our little ones would love it.

    My husband said we could start looking for a nightstand to make a kitchen, but I just might have to start looking for two.

  11. Thanks for the great idea and inspiration!! My little guy has one of these now too :) I blogged it here:

  12. Wow this looks great. I have just started making my son a stove and wanted to do a work bench your post was just the inspiration I was looking for. thank you for sharing.

  13. What a great idea! I love it and it's now on my list of things to make for my little guy in time to put under the Christmas tree.

  14. I just came across this on Pinterest. What a neat idea!! I found a nightstand almost identical for $10 on Craigslist tonight. My little boy will have a work bench for his tools very soon.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. I googled homemade work/tool benches...and came across yours...I love it thanks for sharing it...I hope to make this for christmas for two special Grandsons!!

  16. good idea!! I like j'aime bien:)

  17. You are amazing,i found you in pinterest!

  18. This is great and that drawer handle is the finishing touch! What a great idea and thanks for sharing it with us!

  19. This is awesome! You inspired me to create my own! Thank you so much. :)

  20. Such an amazing project! My daughter would love this. Megan

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