Stairs for a child to get into a high bed

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Project by Andy Block posted 10-15-2014 06:42 AM 1099 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My 4 year old granddaughter was having trouble getting into bed because it was too high. She asked grandpa to build her some stairs. Most guys just throw something together, but I don’t believe in wasting the imagination of a child.

She and I, the design team, agreed on the colours and of course it needed rainbows. No problem. I suggested Hello Kitty be incorporated in and she said ‘okay; but you have to include her sister too’. No problem. She is on the other side. I made the Kitty out of 1/8th inch plywood, cut on my band saw, and I hand painted her myself with the help of some templates that I also made. I am no artist, just the same, they really turned out great.

The sides are made of 3/4” plywood and the stair treads are 3/4” pine. The only thing that isn’t wood is the paint. This is a simple project that took a lot of time. The look on her face when she saw it was priceless. The adults are in awe, as well. It really pays to take the time to make a simple, useful project very special.

Nothing like designer stairs for children!! I am looking forward to her next idea, as she has good ones. She also has two of her own little hand planes and a hammer on my bench.


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Mr M's Woodshop

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#1 posted 10-15-2014 04:17 PM

The design team did a very good job here. You built a nice step unit … but I think you need to credit the brains behind the project.

Well done!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#2 posted 10-15-2014 04:20 PM

Great design team and a wonderful project, keep her imagination growing along with her skill at woodworking.
Thank you for sharing, and welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Andy Block

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#3 posted 10-16-2014 12:46 AM

Thanks gents. Without the suggestions of a 4 year old I probably would have just turned out another set of stairs. This was definitely much more fun.


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#4 posted 10-16-2014 07:22 PM

Very good job on this one. Keep the Grandaughter intrested in woodworking and let her help as much as she can but at that age you gotta be real careful they don’t try to DIY it.

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