Ana-White Little Helper Tower

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Project by Vrtigo1 posted 04-17-2013 12:31 AM 3599 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was a quick project my wife requested for our son. She found the plan online at (I think it’s called the little helper tower). It’s just something designed to help little ones get more on your level while you’re cooking or doing dishes in the kitchen. Our son loves it and it’s designed to grow with them. It has four different height settings for the platform. Our son is 27 months and the highest setting is still fine for him so I see us getting a lot of life out of this project.

It is built out of cheap pine boards from home depot that I milled square. The finish is Kilz2 primer followed by three coats of standard glidden latex paint. I applied the finish with my harbor freight hvlp cup gun and it went on great. I had thought about putting some poly or shellac on it to help the finish hold up but I wasn’t sure what the best thing to use was so I didn’t do anything extra.

This was quick to build and turned out to be really useful. If you have young kids or know someone that does I’m sure they would love one of these.

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#1 posted 04-17-2013 12:36 AM

Most of Ana’s plans aren’t overly technical, but they are virtually always practical and useful. You did very well on this.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-17-2013 12:39 AM

Thanks. Now that I look at the picture, I realize I probably should have plugged those pocket screw holes, oh well, live and learn I guess!

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#3 posted 04-17-2013 03:29 AM

I have sprayed un-thinned latex through the HF purple spray gun with pretty good success. I think next time, i will try some flotrol (spelling?).

Your project looks good. I have a 24 month old and this would be great. Have to put it behind the hobbit gate i’m building now. No, not for my son, for the wife!

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#4 posted 04-17-2013 03:33 AM

I have sprayed latex both unthinned and with floetrol and I can’t really tell a big difference. Not enough to justify the cost of thinning it out anyway.

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