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Stand by me

Design and make a useful wooden stand for a teddy, books, or other treasures.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper
  • One piece of soft or hard wood (148x210mm) for each person
  • Wood saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Template
  • Wood glue
A4 template (Stand by me)
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Illustrated instructions (Stand by me)
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Design your stand

  1. Give everyone a copy of the finished stand template, and a pen. Everyone should decide what they’ll use their stand for, as this will affect their design.
  1. Everyone should draw their design on their template. Their design must include at least one screw and one nail, which they could use to hold things in place or hang things from.

Make your stand

  1. Give everyone a piece of wood.
  2. Use a ruler to measure halfway along the piece, and mark a line to cut.
  3. Use the saw to cut the wood. Use the rasp or sandpaper to smooth any rough edges.
  4. On one piece of wood, mark a rectangle as wide as the wood is thick. This rectangle will become a slot for the other piece of wood.
  5. Use a drill to make a hole in this rectangle, to begin the slot. Use a saw or rasp to square the hole and adjust.
  6. Take the second piece of wood, which you will be making into a ‘paddle’ shape. Use the size of the slot as a guide to determine how wide the paddle’s handle should be. Mark the shape on the piece of wood.
  7. Use the saw to cut along the lines, and the sandpaper to smooth any rough edges.
  8. Add the other features from your design, such as extra holes. Use the hammer to add the nail, and the screwdriver to add the screw.
  9. Slot the ‘paddle handle’ into the slot in the first piece of wood, dabbing a little wood glue between the pieces to hold them together.
  10. Rub down the surfaces lightly with sandpaper.
  11. Apply the stain, or paint your creation.


This activity helped you develop practical skills. What skills did you practice when making your stand? When else might you use some of these skills? Had you tried any of these skills before? Did you have to use different skills at different stages of making your stand?

This activity also helped you to be independent. Did you make your own decisions about design? Did you get to try things for yourself, without an adult doing it for you? Did you do anything for yourself for the first time? Was it still useful to have help from other people?


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Sharp objects

Teach young people how to use sharp objects safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.

Glue and solvents

Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.

Manufacturer’s guidelines

All vehicles will be different so always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.


Before completing this activity make sure you have suitable personal protective equipment (PPE). This could include eye or ear protection, gloves, and anything else you need to protect yourself. You’ll know what you need as a result of completing the risk assessment for the activity.