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For my first posted project, I thought I'd show this stepstool that I made for my 2 yr old daughter. I thought it might be timely, since you can whip one up in no time at all-still in time for Christmas!

It's about the simplest stepstool I could think of. I wanted something small enough to not be in the way for those not needing it, but still tall enough to get my daughter above the edge of the vanity. The proportions have proven just right, for her. It's about 8" square (height and depth) and 11" long.

It's a breeze to make, if you're practiced at making standard half-blind dovetails. And it looks best if you make it from one board (about 30"). I used Qsawn Red Oak (strong, with a little heft) and satin poly (for durability). I made sure to put the little plastic foot tacks as far out to the edge as possible, for max stability.

The cross stretcher is really where the racking strength is. I used through-tenons. One word of caution is that when you use through-tenons to penetrate 4/4 Qsawn stock, be careful to avoid too tight of a fit. The sides would be easily split, down the Qsawn grain. Didn't split this one, but I have on a similar setup before…

Thanks for the opportunity to share this with the community.

Chris

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Footstool looks really nice. The oak looks great. I need to make one of these for my 2 year old.
 

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Sturdy and beautiful : )
 

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Nice Job Chris. I really like QS oak. Good looking dovetails too.

Thanks for posting it.
 

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Chris. A great looking stool.

We had one in our bathroom when the kids grew up and it had a saying on top.

"Stand up to be tall, Sit down to be small"

When you are in the bathroom with nothing to do. That saying still goes through our heads. You'd go in the bathroom and someone would have turned it upside down so you didn't have to read it. It didn't help.

When my youngest daughter had her first child, I made a small stool and had my oldest daughter decorate it with the saying. She still has it.

Don't put on the saying. You will be punished for doing that.
 

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Great sturdy job Chris.
 
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