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Mini DIY Workbench From Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing New Horizons Mini DIY Workbench

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We bought Animal Crossing: New Horizons when it was released in March 2020 and it still remains a favorite game to play in our home. Our island is split into six sections; one section for me, one for each of the kids, and one for the game villagers.

Because we’re a family of DIY-ers, we especially enjoy the “DIY” aspect of the game, such as the DIY recipes that you can build on your DIY workbenches. One workbench that we all have is the mini DIY workbench.

My kids have wanted me to build them a mini DIY workbench for a while now. Well, here it is! This build isn’t a perfect replica because I built ours to suit the height needs of our kids.

Would you like to build one too? In this article, I outline the tools, supplies, and steps necessary to build your own real Animal Crossing: New Horizons mini DIY workbench.

Tools, Supplies, PPE, and Steps

I’ve linked to several different retailers below for your convenience. I encourage you to shop around as I’ve found that each item may sell for less at a different retailer.

Tools

DEWALT 12″ Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw


DEWALT Rolling Miter Saw Stand


DEWALT 10″ Table Saw With Rolling Stand


DEWALT 16-Gauge Brad Nailer


DEWALT Atomic Cordless Drill


DEWALT Atomic Impact Driver


DEWALT Random Orbital Sander


Kreg R3 Pocket Hole Jig System


DEWALT Tape Measure


Carpenter Pencil

Supplies

Kreg Pocket Hole Screws


Power Pro 1 1/4″ Wood Screws


Power Pro 2 1/2″ Wood Screws


Gorilla Wood Glue


Varathane Polyurethane


3″ Foam Brush


Gator 120 Grit Sanding Discs


Gator 220 Grit Sanding Discs


Gator 320 Grit Sanding Sponge


(1) 4×4 Post


(1) 1x4x8


(1) 2x4x8


Pegboard


3/4″ Pine Plywood

Personal Protective Equipment

Firm Grip Flex Impact Gloves


RZ Mask Dust Mask


3M Safety Glasses


3M Earmuff


Related Article: PPE: DIYers Should Use Personal Protective Equipment

Steps

How To Make The Mini DIY Workbench From Animal Crossing: New Horizons

  1. Cut the 4x4x8 post into four 23 5/8″ sections.

  2. Cut two 1×4 pieces, 22″ long.

  3. Cut two 1×4 pieces, 23 1/2″ long.

  4. Cut and rip down two 1×4 pieces to 2 3/4″ wide, 15 1/8″ long.

  5. Cut and rip down a 1×4 piece to 2 1/2″ wide, 22 3/4″ long.

  6. Cut and rip down two square pieces from a 2×4: 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 22 1/4″ long.

  7. Cut a 24″ x 24″ piece of plywood.

  8. Cut a 15 1/8″ x 20 5/8″ piece of plywood.

  9. Cut a 21″ x 23 1/4″ piece of pegboard.

  10. Sand all pieces (not the pegboard), first with 120 grit, then 220, then 320. (See Photo 1)

  11. Attach one 2 3/4″ x 15 1/8″ piece to two 4x4x24″ pieces. Use your Kreg Jig and Kreg screws to fasten the pieces together. Repeat this step. (See Photos 2, 3)

  12. Attach the 15 1/8″ x 20 5/8″ piece of plywood to the top of the 2 3/4″ x 15 1/8″ boards that you just assembled. Use your Power Pro 1 1/4″ wood screws. You have now built the bottom platform. (See Photo 4)

  13. Attach the two 22″ long 1x4s and the two 23 1/2″ long 1x4s to the tops of the 24″ posts. Use your Power Pro 2 1/2″ wood screws. (See Photo 5)

  14. Attach the 24″ x 24″ piece of plywood to the top of the base. Use your Power Pro 1 1/4″ wood screws. (See Photo 6)

  15. Attach the two square 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 22 1/4″ long pieces to the top of the plywood, at the rear of the bench. Again, use your Kreg Jig and Kreg screws to fasten the pieces together. (See Photos 7, 8)

  16. Attach the 1×4 piece that’s 2 1/2″ wide, 22 3/4″ long to the tops of the two square 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 22 1/4″ long pieces. Use your Power Pro 1 1/4″ wood screws. (See Photos 7, 8)

  17. Apply polyurethane to the entire workbench.

  18. Use your nail gun to attach the pegboard to the two square 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 22 1/4″ long pieces. (See Photos 7, 8)

Our Digital Animal Crossing: New Horizons Workbench

As I mentioned, we all have several DIY workbenches located throughout our island. The photo above shows our 6-year-old’s bench; this is the one I’ve built in this article. That’s him in the game too!

If you’re curious about what materials you need to build this mini DIY workbench in the game, they are:

  • 3 Wood
  • 3 Hardwood
  • 3 Softwood
  • 2 Iron Nugget

I wish building the real workbench was as easy as the game version! Honestly, though, building the real one isn’t difficult at all. I’ve outlined the build process in the Steps tab above. You can also see the process in the photo slideshow below.

The Mini DIY Workbench Build In Photos

  • Sanding The Animal Crossing Workbench Legs
  • Kreg Jig R3
  • Mini DIY Workbench Legs
  • Mini DIY Workbench Bottom Platform
  • Animal Crossing Workbench Construction
  • Mini DIY Workbench Base
  • Animal Crossing New Horizons Workbench Construction
  • Animal Crossing New Horizons Workbench Build

Please use the comments section below if you have any questions about the build process!

Creating Our Own DIY Recipes

  • Real Animal Crossing Mini DIY Workbench
  • Using the Animal Crossing New Horizons Workbench

Our kids are thrilled to be able to build their own real life projects with pretend DIY recipes! Are you planning to build your own mini DIY workbench? Please let me know in the comments!

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