12 days of crafting: little man workbench

12 days of crafting handmade christmas gifts handmade christmas decor From December 1-12, I’ll be blogging about some fun ideas to create a handmade Christmas. Hopefully you will be inspired to craft some Christmas gifts or decor for your own home!

Day 11: Little Man Workbench

Little Man Workbench

Today I’m bringing you something completely different, something that is a bit outside my realm of crafting but may be right up your alley! Remember Carrie from the previous post about the wooden message boards? Well, her husband David happens to be quite creative as well (not to mention that he is an ISTJ, like me!). Anyways, he makes awesome furnishings for their house and yard with stuff that they find on craigslist. Seriously, it seems like sometimes he pops out a project every weekend – a cute play kitchen for their kids, a wardrobe for their daughter, he just whips stuff out! So I asked him to give a little insight into one of his projects, and he decided to share about the workbench he made for his son, Miles, so that he could participate in the projects they worked on. It looks like his daughter Brelyn (above) enjoys using it too! Here he is to share the details…

Supplies (if you can call it that…)

  • Old night stand
  • Some pegboard (cut to size)
  • Scrap wood (Big enough to be the top work surface)
  • Nails or screws…whatever you are most comfortable with
  • Paint if so desired


  • First step is to find the right nightstand or equivalent. Basically craigslist, garage sales…even side of the roads are all great places to find inexpensive ones. Just make sure the basics parts work…like the legs.
  • Next thing is to paint. Depending on the current finish you might need to sand it or put on a primer first, but in the end go with whatever color the wife wants… Also, don’t paint it on the driveway unless you protect the ground as I wondrously discovered. 🙂


  • Then grab your scrap wood, sand it if needed and affix to the top of the work bench. Generally it is a safe bet to go a few inches past the current top to give more work surface. Depending on your table, you can use screws, nails or both. Just make sure it is secure.


  • The peg board is flimsy stuff so it needs support. The easiest way to do this is get some skinny but solid boards to act as braces attaching to both the table and the peg board. Something that is ½” thick and maybe 2” wide by however tall you need it should do just fine. Nail or screw the boards to the back of the table on the legs of the table, bringing the top above the table as high as your peg board goes. Once done, screw the peg board to them on top and it is now nice and solid.workbench2
  • The final step is to enjoy! 🙂


Isn’t that fun? I just love the idea of repurposing furniture in new ways. Is there a little guy in your life that might need a workbench for Christmas this year?

Thanks for sharing, David!

In case you missed it…
Day 1: Christmas Kissing Ball
Day 2: Vanilla-Infused English Breakfast Tea
Day 3: Iris Paper Folding
Day 4: Paper Circle Garland
Day 5: Rice-Filled Neck Warmer
Day 6: Felt Stacking Tree
Day 7: Painted Wooden Message Boards
Day 8: Paper Dot Notecards
Day 9: Simple Sewing Projects
Day 10: Stamped Candles


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