Learning Tower/ Helper Stool

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Project by johnstoneb posted 12-25-2016 02:10 PM 1492 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Graft21 posted a project of a helper stool. The idea hit me that I had a granddaughter who really would like one .I talked to my son and DIL about it found where they wanted to store it , took some measurements came home got online, then got on Sketchup, made a drawing with some dimensions and went to the shop.
I built it from AC 3/4 for plywood was originally going to use 3/4 Baltic birch. It was snowing hard and Lowe’;s was a mile away and the BB was 5 miles away. This took 1/2 sheet so have enough for another if I want.
Dadoed the step, shelf and front into 1/4” deep dado’s Used knockdown hardware to attach everything. The shelf is at chair height and can be moved down about 4” when necessary. I rounded the edges, painted everything bright yellow. Wrapped it up and delivered it last night.
It was an immediate hit. Anytime anyone went to the island the tower was pulled out and pushed over so a little person could see and or help. The 3/4 dowel I used as a backstop was mesmerizing. She spent about 5 minutes just taking it out and putting it back in.

A little side note. These do take up quite a bit of room. The kitchen needs a place to store it when not in use.
Their kitchen had a counter top in the pantry just off the kitchen that it slid under for storage. Granddaughter is able to pull it out and carry it right to the kitchen.
If I build another I will probably use BB Instead of fir. It’s a little stronger and much easier to finish

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 12-25-2016 03:35 PM

Well designed and made.

A few bathtub non-skid strips on the steps and standing area will make it even safer!

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

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#2 posted 12-25-2016 03:49 PM

Great job. Looks like a happy customer also.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-25-2016 04:17 PM

Your stool design looks very sturdy Bruce and it also looks like you have a happy customer.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 12-26-2016 01:17 AM

Might take a bit of room Bruce, but well worthwhile as the time the little one spends at that bench will be memories that last a life time….beautiful!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#5 posted 12-28-2016 03:43 PM

Awesome job Bruce. I love your design. I agree that these take up a lot of room. I have sold a few but I think I could sell more if it could fold up. I have a design idea in my head to make it foldable and may try to make a foldable prototype soon. How wide is this? One friend that I made one for has a really rambunctious kid who almost tipped it over. They are concerned about that. Making it wider like you did may solve that problem.

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#6 posted 12-28-2016 04:40 PM

It is 18” wide by 16” deep. I put round glides under it centered on the legs.It gives it about 14” deep and is a little tippy forward and back. My DIL is going to replace them with glue on carpet out to the edge that should solve that problem.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#7 posted 02-08-2017 05:07 AM

Nice clean design! I never thought of using plywood for the side panels. My design had side panels of 1×3s do welled together which was very time consuming. My granddaughter uses it several times a day. It is such a joy watching her enjoy using it so much.

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