Kids Pallet Workbench




My Grandpa got me into wood working when I was five years old. Ever since then I have been hooked...

Intro: Kids Pallet Workbench

My two year old loves to work with me in my shop. I found him a workbench at a garage sale but he quickly our grew the plastic toy. I knew it was time for a real wood workbench with real tools. Too soon? NEVER!!

I gave it to him for Christmas and he loved it. It's sturdy, all wood and it had some room for him to grow into it. Hope you enjoy!

Step 1:

What you need-

About nine pallet boards

Small post for the legs- I used a small planter log.

Plywood scraps

Miter saw




Brad nailer

Table saw



Step 2: The Base

My plan was simple. A small pallet workbench for my son. To start you just need to make a small plywood base. I had some leftover scraps of landscape timber from a sandbox I made that made perfect legs. They were flat on one side so I ran them through the planer so it would be sliver free.

I cut the legs at 19in and then put a 15 by 29 piece of plywood on top of the legs. The 19 in makes it a good hight for my son but yours may have to be taller or shorter. The 15 by 29 was the size of scrap plywood that I had. It is a very good size and looks proportional. Once the base is done, it's on to the back.

Step 3: The Back

The back is the same size as the base. I cut two pieces of one by four for the back support. I cut them at 21 in and screwed them on the back of the legs. Then screw the back on the supports and your ready for the pallet boards.

Step 4: Pallet Boards

When I want a pallet project to look really nice I run them through the planer. You have to take all of the nails out so you don't ruin your blades. Make sure that you run all of the boards through the planer the same amount so they are the same thickness.

Then run the boards through the jointer so the will fit together without large gaps. Place on the bench so you can see how the fit. If you have to much overhang you can rip one of the boards so everything fits well.

Step 5: Trim and Pallet Boards

I think the key to making a pallet project really awesome is the little details. It's the little stuff that shows you made it out of pallets because your creative, not because your cheap.

I ripped a pallet board to 1 1/2 in for a trim piece. Then I started to lay the planed boards. There is overhang on both sides so you can move the pallets around to show the best grain. Once you have it where you like it, cut to size and use a brad nailer to nail the boards in place.

Step 6: Screw Driver Shelf

I used two of the scrap pieces of pallet to make a small shelf. Just use the brad nailer to nail together and then attach through the back with the same nailer.

I used a fostner bit to drill six small holes to fit his screwdriver set.

Step 7:

When I stepped back and took a look at what I had done so far... I knew it needed more. So a shelf in the middle filled that space very well.

I just cut a piece of plywood the same dimensions as the top, 15x 29. Then I cut out the corners so they would fit around the legs. I used some scrap wood and screwed to the inside of the legs to hold up the ply. Then to make it look nice and add some strength I put a trim piece all the way around with the brad nailer.

Step 8: Poly

I used a water based satin polyurethane that I really like. I did two coats and sanded in between. The poly is low oder and dries really fast. It add protection and just a little shine.

Step 9:

And there it is... A fun little work bench that had provided hours of entertainment already. My son seems to really like it. Thanks for reading this and I hope you have as much fun doing this as I did.

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34 Discussions


11 months ago

Love this! My nephew would be heaven with something like this. You may have given me an idea for his Christmas gift.


2 years ago

So awesome! I'm a metal worker, slowly dabbling in wood working.. I am definitely going to attempt this project


3 years ago on Step 9

Nice application!!! Enjoy it with your kids. Thanks for your kind comments for my pallet fence. I hope I generated you be better deas.


3 years ago on Introduction

i'll try to make it as a first project in my wood working journy :)


3 years ago on Introduction

i'll try to make it as a first project in my wood working journy :)


3 years ago

This is such a great bench. Love the finish on it. Where can I get pallets? I have looked on Craigslist but there are none near me.

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Reply 3 years ago

Yup,call local businesses. Try electrical, industrial, stuff like that. I get free pallets here regularly (RI). Have fun!


Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

If you have a Harbor Freight nearby try there. One of the stores in my area usually lets me take as many as I need. They're not the best quality and you'll need to spend some time breaking them down, but you can typically get enough for smaller projects with 6, or so pallets. For techniques to break them down search YouTube. There are many good videos available.


3 years ago on Step 4

Some pallet nails have copper wire that wraps around the nail that can get left in the board after the nail comes out, so make sure that gets remove too before running through your planer. No sense breaking an expensive planer to save $3 on wood.


3 years ago

I used brads for a couple reasons. First, I did screw all of the main structure for the bench. The pallet wood is really just the working surface. Also I didn't want screw heads showing over the pallet wood. With the base screwed, and the pallets braded on top it is a very stable little bench. Thanks for you comment


3 years ago on Introduction

I like this project (makes me want to build an adult sized bench) but I'm curious as to why you're using brads instead of screws.

I would think that screws and wood glue would make for a stronger bench.


3 years ago

this is for a kid? it's better then my bench...

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