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I've made tables, armoires, and beds. Built desks, dressers, and entertainment centers. But this-this simple stool-is by far my favorite project. Not because of the joinery, the exotic wood or the finish. Certainly not the design. But this stool, this is the stool my sons and daughters stand on when they help me in the shop. This is the stool where they learn not just how to build things, but how to solve problems, how to think about things in creative ways, and life lessons that they will carry for their entire lives. This stool gives them the height they need to see, to touch, to build. If you have a helper, build one. I bet it will be your favorite project, too!

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Hah! Nice and important point. I had a couple of step-stools my son used to get the bench when he was young. He is older now, but we had a good laugh the other day when I used one of them to get a better height for myself as I was working on something that was pretty tall on my workbench. Enjoy the time with them.
 

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Wonderful project. I too have made a couple step stools and benches for my grandkids. And yes with all the great costly things I turn out I am most pleased when I see the kids actually using the stools. When I see photos from my sons with the kids, standing up on a step stool, and helping to make cookies it gets me every time
 

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well, the exotic lumber and the special blended tint along with the $40,000 paint booth finish really got my attention
 

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Nice!
 

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Twickland I agree that's a great project.

For me woodworking is a form of therapy, and it's most effective when I get to share my love of the Craft. I especially enjoy when my kids, neighbors kids come by the shop and start building stuff from scraps. Best days are the days they come to me with a "project for us to build"! They tell me the idea we sketch a quick picture and let the problem solving begin. The more we share the better we get.
 

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Yes - projects like this have ongoing "rewards" each time they are used. Nice job.
 

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There is nothing like passing on talent (on loan from god :) to the younger generation.
 
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