Step Stool and Toddler Bench

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Project by WirelessWoodworker posted 08-25-2016 02:05 PM 1082 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There were a few things I wanted to accomplish with this project and I found a perfect design in an old Popular Woodworking book by Glen Huey. My daughter is just about 18 months old now and loves to ‘help’ out in the kitchen, but isn’t quite tall enough to reach the sink or counter, so she was in need of a step stool. We also encourage her to read her books or play with dolls when we’re preparing for dinner, so thought she may enjoy a place to sit when she’s not helping. Finally, I just installed some 42” cabinets and the top shelves are too high for my wife and I to reach, so ideally we are in need of a step stool as well. This nice little step stool converts into a cute toddler bench, perfect for my needs!

I used all hand tools for this little project and it turned out quite nice. This is a nice short project that allowed me to practice some basic hand tool skills and use up some scrap wood. You can take a look at the build process here:

The wood used is all cherry finished with a coat of boiled linseed oil and a few coats of shellac. I’m using these beautiful wrought heads nails from Tremont to hold everything together, but you could use anything you’d like (the plans call for plugged screws). I also found some decorative carriage bolts for the ‘axle’.

It works really well actually. My daughter loves flipping the step up and down and uses it as both a bench and step stool. She’s still a little small to reach everything on the counter, but she can at least see what’s going on up there and put some things in the sink. She definitely knows that it’s her piece of furniture, so my wife and I have trouble using it when she’s around, but I think it serves it’s purpose very well and I can see it being in use for a long time.

Thanks for taking a look and feel free to take a look at the website if you like what you see:

-- Tim, Delaware,

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#1 posted 08-25-2016 03:50 PM

I’m definitely stealing this idea.

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#2 posted 08-25-2016 04:09 PM

simply beautiful …....AND YOU DID ALL THE WORK BY HAND …..... WOW …...can you provide a link for them nails …....thank you …GREAT JOB


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#3 posted 08-25-2016 04:16 PM

simply beautiful …....AND YOU DID ALL THE WORK BY HAND …..... WOW …...can you provide a link for them nails …....thank you …GREAT JOB


Thanks Tony!

Here is the link to the Tremont nails:
I ordered through Amazon, just search for Tremont Nail Company. Their fine finish standard cut nails are awesome as well. A bit pricey, but well worth it for the nice projects.

-- Tim, Delaware,

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#4 posted 08-25-2016 05:26 PM

That is certainly a nice idea, and well crafted.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 08-25-2016 05:36 PM

This is a very nice and practical project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 08-25-2016 06:45 PM

Beatiful job. Great pattern and good make. Congatulations

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#7 posted 08-27-2016 12:39 AM

Genius, I love it

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#8 posted 08-27-2016 01:39 AM

Nice job!

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