|Project by Andy Block||posted 10-15-2014 06:42 AM||1099 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
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.