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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.
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Tools, Supplies, PPE, and Steps
DEWALT 12″ Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
DEWALT Rolling Miter Saw Stand
DEWALT 10″ Table Saw With Rolling Stand
DEWALT 18-Gauge Brad Nailer
DEWALT Atomic 20-Volt Brushless Drill
DEWALT Atomic 20-Volt Brushless Impact Driver
DEWALT Random Orbital Sander
Kreg Jig R3 w/ Clamp
DEWALT Tape Measure
Kreg Pocket Hole Screws
Power Pro 1 1/4″ Wood Screws
Power Pro 2 1/2″ Wood Screws
Gorilla Wood Glue
3″ Foam Brush
Gator 120 Grit Sanding Discs
Gator 220 Grit Sanding Discs
Gator 320 Grit Sanding Sponge
(1) 4×4 Post
3/4″ Pine Plywood
How To Make The Mini DIY Workbench From Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Cut the 4x4x8 post into four 23 5/8″ sections.
- Cut two 1×4 pieces, 22″ long.
- Cut two 1×4 pieces, 23 1/2″ long.
- Cut and rip down two 1×4 pieces to 2 3/4″ wide, 15 1/8″ long.
- Cut and rip down a 1×4 piece to 2 1/2″ wide, 22 3/4″ long.
- Cut and rip down two square pieces from a 2×4: 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 22 1/4″ long.
- Cut a 24″ x 24″ piece of plywood.
- Cut a 15 1/8″ x 20 5/8″ piece of plywood.
- Cut a 21″ x 23 1/4″ piece of pegboard.
- Sand all pieces (not the pegboard), first with 120 grit, then 220, then 320. (See Photo 1)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Apply polyurethane to the entire workbench.
- 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
Please use the comments section below if you have any questions about the build process!
Creating Our Own DIY Recipes
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!