Rated 4 out of 5Â by MissPreschool It was a little difficult to put together, but once we got it together it holds up well, and the kids love it (I'm a preschool teacher so this includes boys and girls 3-5)! The clamp stopped moving and I haven't been able to figure out why, but the toolbench itself is sturdy, stylish, and fun and the wooden pieces and tools are easy to use and durable. The booklet with sample projects has fairly lengthy steps, making it difficult for younger children to use independently, but my (very persistent) 5 year old figured it out
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Mom of 2 Excellent buy
We bought this for our rough and tough nephew that loves to be like his daddy. My husband and I put this together in about half an hour with our two year old crawling all over us and the work bench. It is very sturdy and instructions made it easy to assemble. It came with a lot of pieces to play with. My two year old daughter loved playing with it as we put it together. The wood isn't real cheap and smooth so no splinters. My only complaint is the vice as it is a little difficult to operate but still works.
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Kat McGib Wooden Project Workbench
The workbench has been a wonderful addition to our 4 year olds playthings. However, three of the small round hubs have been misplaced. Which makes building the models in the booklet impossible. I would purchase an additional construction kit if one contained the small hubs.
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Dale Vice was stuck coming out of the box.
Melissa and Doug put out great products and we always check with them first before getting toys. We only buy toys that we believe will make it through our children and still be around for their children. I don't want it to sound like we are bashing this workbench because it is awesome and the kids love it. It's just that they would love it even more if the vice was a functioning vice. It looks like it might have been crossthreaded so it wouldn't go in or out and eventually the handle broke from them trying to make it work. Things happen, no big deal. In all fairness I have not contacted the company yet and I'm sure they will make it right. One lesson I did learn? Why not wait until February to put it together, that way they get Christmas like excitement twice! haha BTW we forgot about it being in the back of our Suburban coming back from Grandma's. It was a breeze to put together if you just take your time and follow directions.