How to Set Up a First-Time Workshop

All begins with a bench.

Children who are interested in building and fixing things need a space to store and work. Most of their needs can be met by a workbench that has a shelf under it. Kids will benefit from workbenches with a height of about 34 inches. A depth of 30 inches is ideal for keeping everything at their fingertips.

Pegboards add organization

Pegboard is a great way to organize your tools. Attach the sheet of furring strips (1×2 inch) to the backside of the pegboard with CA glue and activator spray. Once the pegboard is attached, screw the frame 1×2 through the face and into the wall studs.

Stock up on tools

It’s not necessary to stock a kids’ workshop overnight. As they accumulate allowance, and as needed, they can purchase tools. Some tools and materials they may want to consider adding include:

  • Safety glasses, dust masks, and ear protection
  • Hammer
  • Cordless drill Impact driver
  • Screws
  • Variety drill bits
  • Palm sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Handsaw
  • Pocket screw jigs
  • C clamps
  • Work apron
  • Bench Dogs and Bench Clamps
  • baskets to pegboard

All you need for your first workshop is available at Home Depot.

Add some inspiration

Inspiration is essential to any kids’ workshop. You can find many books with project ideas for children. Add one to your pegboard, and have enough lumber available for inspiration.


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