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Kids Montessori kitchen step stool/table and chair

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Project by doubleDD posted 01-21-2021 03:10 PM 1083 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A woman asked me to make one of these for her grand kids and at first I was hesitant, then decided why not. She found it on the internet and asked if I could copy it from the picture.
It’s a stool for kids to be able to help out at the counter while the parents are busy in the kitchen. When not helping out in the kitchen it folds into a table/chair for them. It’s made of 3/4’’ baltic birch plywood, about a half sheet. 35 inches high and 16×16 inches square when in upright position. It’s much sturdier than I thought. She said they will paint it which was the incentive for me to make it. LOL.
When she picked it up she loved it and asked me to make 2 more. Hesitant again I said OK. Rather easy to make just takes a little time.
It’s nice kids can help out in the kitchen and have their own play station.

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





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luv2learn

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#1 posted 01-21-2021 03:46 PM

Wow Dave, that is an ambitious undertaking with just a picture for direction. Nice job!!

-- 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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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 01-21-2021 03:47 PM

Nice work, Dave! You made a happy gramma and some happy kids, I bet. Hopefully you’ll get a homemade pie or something one day. Maybe even one that the kids hid a plastic army man in (do they still even make those?)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 01-21-2021 04:29 PM

Thanks Lee. It was a challenge since after looking at 10 different sites there were hardly any kind of measurements out there so I had to wing it. haha

Dave what I liked best about those army men was knocking them down after setting them up. I think a lot of us did that. I haven’t seen them around like when we were kids.

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

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John

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#4 posted 01-21-2021 04:32 PM

The finished project looks real good Dave! I haven’t seen anything like that before.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 01-21-2021 04:34 PM

Wow! You never fail to impress me Dave! I bet she is very happy!

When I copy a from a photo it make me feel special but only if I succeed!

It’s not easy to dope out the measurements when all you have is a picture. Most people need a plan so I must hand it to you there is much more going on here than what meets the eye! Nice work!

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

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recycle1943

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#6 posted 01-21-2021 04:56 PM

great job Dave, anything to occupy the kids in these trying times

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 01-21-2021 05:32 PM

Thanks John. That’s the first time I ever saw one too. What do we know. haha.I guess having kids brings up a lot of things we’re not aware of.

Thanks Tony. I wish I had plans for this. The first one had me thinking for a couple days on the sizes. The next two were a breeze. I think I only used plans once from a Handyman magazine back in the 70s-80’s. It sure can make life easier. We’re men, we don’t pull over and ask for directions. The main thing is she is painting it herself. You know what I mean there. LOL.

Thanks Dick. I guess you’re right, if keeps the kids happy it’s well worth it. Personally my wife and I don’t care for it that much but what do we know as grandparents.

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

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Rich1955

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#8 posted 01-21-2021 05:35 PM

That’s pretty clever, Dave. I’m always hesitant to do something for others not in my family too. It is a plus that you didn’t have to put a finish on it. Great job!

-- Rich

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Ivan

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#9 posted 01-21-2021 06:05 PM

Realy masterpiece of woodworking engineering

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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doubleDD

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#10 posted 01-21-2021 07:50 PM

Thanks Rich. I’m with you with someone out of the family. She is a friend of my wife and likes things I make and always gets a wood Christmas gift from us. +1 on no paint.

Thanks Ivan. At least with a picture you have half of what their looking for.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 01-22-2021 02:07 AM

That is a neat stool/table, Dave!! Nice work on it!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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bcsawdust

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#12 posted 01-22-2021 10:15 AM

That is a fantastic piece. I also was recently asked to make one for an autistic child.
I didn’t have a clue. Do you have any photos of the pieces before assembly. Thanks.

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doubleDD

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#13 posted 01-22-2021 01:13 PM

Thanks Jim. Maybe you will be making one of these for your great granddaughters.

bcsawdust, I may have a couple pics while building. Let me look back and if I do I’ll post them shortly. Thanks for looking.

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

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Cliff

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#14 posted 01-22-2021 11:20 PM

Dave… That is a Brilliant design. So versatile for the Kids, Sitting Standing and I bet they will love to keep folding it from one mode to the other. Great way for them to develop coordination skills. Great way for them to help with kitchen chores.
Very well made and very precise. Looks Good!!!!!!

Regards…...Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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doubleDD

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#15 posted 01-23-2021 05:18 AM

Thanks Cliff. I bet these can be handy for many parents. I had my grandson in it for awhile testing it but he’s still too young, maybe another few months.

BCsawdust, these

are the only other pics I took while building. Not much help but hopefully it gives you something.

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

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