I've always been into DIY and had a reasonable amount of tools so during lockdown to help me manage stress and my job i started a couple of woodwork projects. The first was am MFT bench which I made from scrap and purchased an MFT insert and I don't really count as my first project. My first actual project was a Mud kitchen which I made for my nephews 2nd Birthday. Its the first time I've done anything like this and I'm pretty happy for a first go. I learnt so much doing this especially new techniques like using a router to cut out for the bowel, joining two boards together to make the work top, scorching the work top to make the grain stand out and making and using plugs to cover screw heads. The frame is made from CLS painted with 2 coats of cuprinol garden shades out door paint and the I've used recycled pine for the shelf and work top which are varnished with exterior varnish. I know these techniques are extremely basic to most but you have to start somewhere. Any constructive comments are welcome particularly if people have ideas for evolving the design or using more robust timber as I'm concerned that even with 2 coats of outdoor paint in may not stand up to the UK weather very well.