Activity Tower for Daughter

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Project by TimR7 posted 05-06-2015 08:47 PM 982 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wanted to build an Activity tower for our daughter, found a few pics online and came up with this. Mostly Mortise and Tenon Joinery. I have not been working with wood for long. Built a book self in HS and that was awhile ago! Have been wanting to get back into the swing of things and this was the first project back into it. finish is a mix of some min-wax stains with two coats of Varnish over the top. Had troubles with wood filler on top and on the steps where after gluing them down i put some nails in to have a better hold. put the filler in and sanded it down but shows up king of ugly after staining and varnish. Wood is Pine for most of it, and Poplar for the top. Any feedback would be helpful. Thanks for looking.

-- "Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. ~Winston Churchill

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#1 posted 05-07-2015 05:53 PM

Looks good. How exactly is it used? Nail filler stinks unless you paint over it. Next time try countersinking with a 1/4” bit or something, and cut a wooden plug to fit the hole. That is my plan next time I run in to this situation.


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#2 posted 05-07-2015 06:12 PM

thanks bbasiaga, i thought about plugging it, and even cut the plugs but for some reason decided on wood filler, i will know next time. and yes it is mainly going to be used in the kitchen. i set it at the same height as our counters, and then when we are cooking or doing dishes or whatever, our daughter will be able to stand up in it and “help” out. that way we wont have to hold her and can have her interact with what we are doing.

-- "Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. ~Winston Churchill

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#3 posted 05-07-2015 07:23 PM

That is a great idea, I love it … I have made all the kids (and grand kids) a step stool for the same purpose.
Some of then are in their 20’s and 30’s now and they still have their first piece of furniture in their homes.
I like your side rails, great idea to stop falls …

Fillers are for painted surfaces and even though the can says it will take stain … it won’t match the wood.
just practice your joints till you start getting nice tight joints … Till then, sand off the filler even to the wood surface and your repair will not show as much. All of us used gallons of fillers till we practiced and slowly enhanced our craftsmanship.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#4 posted 05-07-2015 07:27 PM

That will do the job and don’t worry about any issues with the stain , we all have to start somewhere on this hobby and finishing can be one of those things that takes a while to get right. I am still working on it .
We men have to get those Girls started on doing the dishes early or we will get stuck doing them.
Give me a break Ladies it is only a Joke.

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