Grandson's Stepstool helper

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Project by doubleDD posted 12-17-2017 06:01 AM 2474 views 4 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thirty five years ago I built two of these for my son and daughter to aid in reaching the sink to wash up, brush teeth, etc. Of course they were used as a chair too. They got a kick out of having their own personnel chair. I still have one of the original ones, pic 5, left. So as my grandson at 2 1/2 years is learning to wash his own hands, my son says it’s time to give him back the chair to use. Well grandpa had to make a new one for their house and my wife and I will use the original one here when we babysit. Besides I was using it in my shop for the last 25 years as a step-stool myself. This one is made of wormy Maple and also has a few esthetic improvements. Finished with poly.
I will give it to my grandson at Christmas.
Thanks for looking.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 12-17-2017 06:46 AM

What a nice gift Dave !!! And one that will last through the years. nice work buddy !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#2 posted 12-17-2017 07:47 AM

First of all, you chose wonderfull piece of wood with spalted details. Very unique design of the stool. I had some for my kids too (I didn’t make them).

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 12-17-2017 08:39 AM

Looking good Dave.
Just what he needs.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 12-17-2017 09:21 AM

Nice job, Dave. You’re continuing to be one of Santa’s best helpers!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 12-17-2017 11:52 AM

Great little step stool and story Dave. Looks like you’re in round 2 now that your grandson has turned 2 1/2. I’m sure he will pass his new stool on as well.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 12-17-2017 12:18 PM

Built a few of these myself DoubleD. You did an excellent job on these! Nice.

(I routed their names in the top cross member and that really helped when it came to “Who’s is who’s”.)

-- No one can make you feel inferior unless you give them permission. . .

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#7 posted 12-17-2017 01:49 PM

Thanks Stelios. It will be interesting if this one is around as long as the originals.

Ivan, the ones I made for my kids were made out of pine. My grandson must rate since his is wormy maple. No favoritism there right? Haha

Thanks Bob. It’s good for us too since we don’t have to hold him up to reach. My back will be grateful.

Dave, I’m sure I’m not fast enough to work in Santa’s shop. I wish he would stop by and give me a few pointers. LOL.

Thanks Tony. I would like to see it passed on or for him to build one for his own kids. You know things aren’t around long with today’s throw away world.

Dorald, thanks for commenting. I keep thinking about routing his name. I still have a few woodworking days left before Christmas, we’ll see.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 12-17-2017 02:13 PM

Great wormy Maple stool.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#9 posted 12-17-2017 02:18 PM

That is awesome. Thanks for sharing and great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 12-17-2017 02:22 PM

Way to go GrandPa Santa! Nice job. I’m sure he’ll love it!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#11 posted 12-17-2017 03:50 PM

What a wonderful Christmas gift Dave. Not only is it a gift, but a story about his grandpa!!

-- 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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#12 posted 12-17-2017 04:44 PM

Really Nice Dave. And I love the story! Nothing like a project that stands the test of time. Awesome job Santa!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 12-17-2017 04:49 PM

Great combo chair/stool. That will be a family heirloom!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 12-17-2017 06:04 PM

Beautiful Dave, he’s got a story to tell when he grows up.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#15 posted 12-17-2017 06:52 PM

Awesome Dave!

-- Frank, Washington State,

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