Kitchen stool

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Project by matts_dad posted 12-10-2012 05:04 PM 1547 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a kitchen stool I build for Matt’s daughter, Senja. She often wants to partake in what’s going on way up on the kitchen island, or the kitchen sink. Using a chair made mom & dad nervous, so here it is.

The height was chosen to match the kitchen island. Its platform is about 20×20 inches. I made the frame from construction grade fir 2×4s I got from the big orange box store. It was their color which attracted my eye. I didn’t expect them to stay straight. They warped a little after being in my basement workshop for a couple of days so I chiseled out room for an inlay to cover one of the 45 degree joints that didn’t look too great. But that meant that I had to do 3 others to balance things out and make it look it was my plan all along.

I hand rubbed 3 coats of poly on all but the platform, as I didn’t want to make it slippery. Then I got a short pile door mat to tack on the platform. I made everything, including the platform, somewhat heavy so it would take considerable effort to knock it over. The whole thing is bolted together so that it can eventually be put away in a less bulky form.

If you build one of your own, I would suggest putting a hand rail on the front as well as the back so that a little one does not accidentally back off the platform. To my surprise, little Senja loves to climb in and out of the back and the sides just for the joy of it. (One final note – humility prevents me from telling you all just where my grand-daughter gets her good looks from.)

-- Barry

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 05:07 PM

This is a great idea so very well done ,and what a living doll Matt’s daughter is,a full blown cutie.


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#2 posted 12-10-2012 05:49 PM

Wow is that a beauty! Your stand is really cool too! :-)

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-11-2012 01:27 AM

Great !

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#4 posted 12-11-2012 08:05 PM

What a great idea, a great way for Momma’s and Daddy’s little helper to stay safe while helping.

If I may give a suggestion, and I can’t tell for sure, but it looks like there are exposed screw threads where the platform is attached. If that is the case, an acorn nut covering those exposed threads would make it a little safer from any future accidents.

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#5 posted 12-11-2012 09:58 PM

Yeah – your’e right. My son mentioned my oversight too. It does sort of go against the intent I had in mind when I built the step stool. So I had to insert the bolt from the outside to remedy the problem.

Thanks for the thought -

-- Barry

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