Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Win a Hayward Bench at Handworks, But Only If You're Short

We wanted to do something special for Handworks 2017, so here's what we came up with. A bench for kids!

Vol. 4 of "The Woodworker" features a basic bench as its first article. We had three planks of yellow pine gathering dust in the corner, so we tossed together this bench over a couple days last week. It's 24" high, which should be perfect for a wide range of kids. To scale it down, we drew the major components in Sketchup full size, then scaled the model down based on the shorter height. It scaled great. Joinery is half lap dadoes on the front and read skirts, and a pair of 10mm Dominoes in each joint.

It's outfitted with our Hi Vise, which makes an excellent leg vise for smaller full size benches, or obviously for kids' benches too.

The bench will go home with one kid, free of charge, courtesy of us!

Here's how to win the bench (parents, read this to your kids).

We'll have a piece of clear, easy to plane basswood chucked in the vise. With a sharp Stanley #3 that we'll leave on the bench, the kid will try their best to make a full width, full length shaving from the edge of the board, under the coaching of their parent or us. They should practice making the best shaving they can. Once they are ready to make their final excellent shaving, they'll write their name on the edge of the board, plane it off, and put the shaving in a box. On Saturday afternoon at 3pm we'll draw one shaving and that kid will go home with the bench.

There are only two rules:

1. The kid must not be taller than 54".
2. One shaving per kid goes in the box.

Parents feel free to make the final perfect shaving for your kid if they can't. Hopefully that kid will win the bench so they can practice back home.


  1. What a fantastic idea and great prize!

  2. Now I wish I was bringing my daughter along...

  3. A. This is amazing, Jameel.
    B. I'd already planned on bringing Finley along. He wanted to meet Roy, someone he's loved watching since he was 2 years old. I have his No3 already tuned up, so we will work on making shavings with it this next week.
    C. That's an awesome use for a high vise. If he doesn't win, then maybe I'll take a bunch of pictures of the bench and pick up a Hi Vise and make him one.
    D. See you there!

  4. Can't wait to have my daughter write her name!!!!

  5. What a terrific idea. I hope there will be a photo posted of the shaving drawing. Won't be at Handworks, but will be rooting for a box full of fun shavings. And a big smile on some youngster's face.

  6. Jameel, do you have the sketch up sizes/details? Thanks!

    1. Send us an email. Also, plans available in Popular Woodworking, December 2017 issue.


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