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Forum topic by anna_starr82 posted 07-15-2010 03:26 PM 1161 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2010 03:26 PM

Hello all,

I would like to build a stool for my daughter so that she can reach the sink in the bathroom.
I am thinking about pine but am not too sure?Any suggestions?
And is there a design that is easier to make?
Thank you

-- Anna

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#1 posted 07-15-2010 03:32 PM

Pine will work just fine. Ash is another good one for this type of project.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#2 posted 07-15-2010 03:52 PM

Over the years I’ve made this stool design several times. They are all still in use. With hand tools and a little practice with dovetails, you can do it in a weekend.

Here’s a shot of one done in 1983.

And here’s one from last year.

I suggest doing it in hardwood (you can see I used oak and walnut in the last one). you can give it to her when she grows up, and she can give it to her daughter.

-- vicrider

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#3 posted 07-15-2010 04:28 PM

Thank you for your fast replies.That stool looks just great for my daughter,exactly what I had in mind(do you mind if I copy it :) ).
So pine it is .

-- Anna

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#4 posted 07-15-2010 10:27 PM

Feel free to copy, Anna.

Be sure that the top doesn’t overhang the legs very much. And the stretcher on the bottom makes it quite sturdy.

It’s a very useful item. Some years ago I discovered the hole in the middle made it a lot easier to move…....

be safe.

-- vicrider

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#5 posted 07-23-2010 06:24 AM

Pine will work. It is light but soft so it may dent more easily. I like to use red oak. It is a little heavier but more durable. I made one for each of our grandchildren and have one in my shop too.
Be sure that the top does not overhang the base much as it can be tippy if there is too much overhang. It should be truly stable for anyone to use.

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

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#6 posted 07-23-2010 08:31 AM

Pine will work fine!!!

Vics stool looks excellent, but if you want something simpler visit my home page,

I have a stool pictured there that is really simple to build in my projects gallery.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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