Child's Step Stool

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Project by DeLaMadera posted 05-18-2021 07:33 PM 538 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My niece asked me to make a small step stool, so her 3 year old could stand at the counter at help mom cook. I found the plans for this Shaker style stool in the FWW site and it seems to fit the bill. Unlike the FWW version, I used some nice cherry instead of pine, and went for a Danish oil finish instead of paint. I like thinking a piece I make might be an heirloom someday.

The plans call for the part to be assembled with screws, and while that generally doesn’t really fit a fine piece, I decided to go with that, but used brass screws for a bit of pop. I had a jar of #12, 2 inch screws from my grandfather’s shop – which likely date back to the 1940’s – that turned out to be nice accents.

Like several of my projects, I made router templates for the shaped pieces, so I can duplicate the piece if needed.

-- Steve

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#1 posted 05-18-2021 09:49 PM

Looks very nice. Why so tall?

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 05-18-2021 10:26 PM

It’s not too tall – the photo may make it look that way. There is a pencil leaning against the step for scale in one photo.
The upright is a total of approx. 33 inches. Tall enough for small child to use it as a boost to get up on the step, which is about 8 3/4” off the floor.

-- Steve

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#3 posted 05-19-2021 01:30 AM

Nice work. It looks great.

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#4 posted 05-19-2021 01:42 AM

Nice job. I like that upright to use for as a hand hold. Glad you added the pencil for perspective as the one photo does look like the upright is tall.

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#5 posted 05-19-2021 07:41 PM

Nice build. So has he helped Mom make a pie?

IIRC a lot of tiny ones run barefooted in the house. I would sink those screw heads and plug them over, so worst case he just got a tickled foot. Simply because of how this works he’ll lever that handhold as he steps up, doing so could wallow the screw, and I will admit I have seen screws walk out. IOW visible tiny bits of metal, do not make for childsafe.

-- Think safe, be safe

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