Kitchen Helper / Learning Tower

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Project by Mosier posted 09-06-2016 07:57 PM 3205 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to have a place for my daughter to hang out while I was in the kitchen and saw the designs for these Kitchen Helpers / Learning Towers. After searching for a design I liked I settled on the one from The Woodwhisperer. I thought it was the best looking design and super functional. I decided to build it out of cherry and it was going to be my first attempt at dimensioning my own lumber with both a benchtop jointer and planer (both from Cutech). I don’t have the Woodwhisperer’s fancy Festool Domino tool so I used my trusty pockethole jig to put it all together. Maybe next time I’ll try M+T joinery but having two little ones under the age of 2 really limits my workshop time.

I was able to get all of the lumber roughly similarly sized and then assembled it. To my great surprise, it was actually level and really sturdy. Unfortunately, after disassembling for staining and finishing, something went a bit wrong and I ended up not quite as level when it was put back together. I tried the method of hanging 1 leg off the edge of my workbench to find the one that is too long and doing small bouts of sanding to level it out. I was only able to get it to sort of work but it was close enough that the felt pads I put on the bottom to not scratch the kitchen floor ended up leveling it out. I made a million mistakes (like rounding over edges with the router that still needed to be joined together, ugh!) but had a lot of fun and most importantly my daughter loves it and uses it every day. It makes me so happy to see her climb up and down to help me cook, eat dinner, clean the kitchen, etc.

Thanks for taking a look.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-06-2016 08:06 PM

Great build. Great idea.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-07-2016 12:55 AM

Nice job!

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#3 posted 09-07-2016 01:29 AM

All of the above and way too soon she will be all grown up!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 09-07-2016 07:44 PM

All of the above and way too soon she will be all grown up!

- ralbuck

Yep really nice looking chair for your daughter to be able to Help Out in the Kitchen.
And yes they grow up really quick , Mine already has kids of her own and it seems like only a couple of years ago she was in elementary school.

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