Personalized Step Stools

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Project by Woodtodust posted 01-06-2016 10:07 PM 1102 views 2 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter-in-law asked me to build step stools for my two grandsons so that they could safely stand at the sink in their bathroom. I looked at several designs and the finished pictures show my interpretation of the stools I saw on this site and others I found using a Google search for images.

I used 18mm Baltic Birch plywood because I felt the end grain would add a nice visual to the natural covered wood and they would be very strong. My wife painted whimsical—did I say whimsical?—pictures of their favorite animals. on the sides. I had a local trophy store Laser etch their names and favorite animals on the top step of each.

I freehand routed a mortise for the cross pieces and used a chisel to get the channels to the exact width so that I did not need any metal fasteners and to make the intersections look very clean. I sprayed General Finishes semi-gloss Arm-R-Seal to warm up the wood a bit and help highlight the grains.

They were easy to build and each only used a 1/4 sheet of plywood. I shipped them out to today and I hope my grandsons like them and get a lot of use out of them until they can reach the sink without a booster.

-- Bill...Richmond Hill, GA--"83% of all statistics are made up."

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