Kid Step Stool

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Project by Fun With Woodworking posted 08-24-2012 07:17 PM 2157 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This step stool was a great learning project. I got to use my tablesaw and kreg pocket hole jig for the first time. I also borrowed my brother’s router and router table so this was my first router job as well. It was also the first time that I stained wood and applied polyurethane. I got the plan for the stool from my copy of The Complete Book of Woodworking. The plan called for an agled edge on the front that I totally mangled with my jigsaw. I got the bright idea of using the tablesaw to square it off. After the initial cut I learned that it doesn’t cut a straight edge into the wood but left a rounded groove under the front part of the cut so I got to learn how to use wood filler.

It was a great project to work on with my 5 year old son. He helped me to drill the pocket holes, assemble, prime, and paint it. He also chose the red paint.

I knew that I would be making a lot of mistakes so I made it out of 3/4” plywood and cheap whitewood boards from Lowes. I was quite happy with the final product and it built my confidence enormously.

-- Donald LeBlanc -

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#1 posted 08-24-2012 07:21 PM

Very nice step stool. Your son does good work.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 08-24-2012 08:51 PM

That is a great little stool. Your son will really appreciate it because he had a hand in it!!.......Jim

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

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Fun With Woodworking

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#3 posted 08-24-2012 09:02 PM

Thanks! I had my son sign and date the bottom of the top step before the first coat of poly and he made sure to show it to everybody the first time they saw the stool.

-- Donald LeBlanc -

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#4 posted 08-24-2012 09:17 PM

Nice stool. Even nicer since it was a project involving your son. It’ll be his favorite piece of furniture for a long time.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 08-24-2012 11:58 PM

Cherish these times you work together with your son…he will. I still remember me and my fathers’ times in the shop.

Your a lucky man.

-- Al,Midwest -To thine own self be true

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#6 posted 08-25-2012 02:43 AM

Handy little stool ! Nice color combo too.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#7 posted 08-25-2012 04:06 AM

I like it. Step stool was one of my first projects also. It is the one that gets the most use.

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#8 posted 08-25-2012 06:37 PM

Big Al 98 sure hit the nail on the head.
“Cherish these times you work together with your son…he will. I still remember me and my fathers’ times in the shop.”

I still remember working with my grandpa, dad, sons and now grandkids. Good times.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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