I just don't get it...

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Project by ToGoMan posted 02-13-2010 07:07 AM 1846 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There’re lots of great plans for stepstools for children. I see lots of nice ones here on LJ’s.

BUT, I never could figure out why they never have handrails. Children who are just learning to walk have problems getting up on stepstools without something to hold onto.

When my son was about 9 months old, I designed and built this simple one using Doug Fir and put a handrail on it, making it easier for him to get up to the sink. It’s all dimension lumber – no rips at all. Hopefully you can get a general idea of the dimensions from the 1×6, 2×2, 1×2, 1×4, 1×8 lumber

It also makes a handy place to place my 195 pound frame when he wants me to stay close while he’s in the bath or busy on the potty.

I also made a similar one for my cousin’s daughter, which is shown here.

-- ToGoMan ------ "No ONE of us knows as much as ALL of us." (anon.) ----

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#1 posted 02-13-2010 07:13 AM

good Idea

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#2 posted 02-13-2010 07:42 AM

You could sell alot of these…...great idea!

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#3 posted 02-13-2010 07:50 AM

Thats a great idea, be good for my niece, we usually just push a chair to the sink/whatever and she climbs up like the little monkey she is :)

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#4 posted 02-13-2010 07:52 AM

interesting concept, it almost seems logical to have a rail, but like you said none do,, yours is the first I have seen ,,cool, although my oldest just got accepted to clarkson university for next semester, so I dont think I can use it anymore,, still remember when he needed one though,, where do the yrs go,,,

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#5 posted 02-13-2010 08:28 AM

In the case of the step stool that I built, LOML can walk without a hand rail, and the only other living being that uses it is the queen of the house, the cat…

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#6 posted 02-13-2010 09:21 AM

Love the handrail step stool, Ms. B uses it often to brush her teeth and wash her hands.
Thanks, couisn!!

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#7 posted 02-13-2010 09:38 AM

you know that’s a good idea, as an occupational theraist in training I admire that because ther are even some adults that are whobbely that can use this idea. of course you would not need thae steps for adults, but I have some good idea to modify that for an adult to use after an injury, so they can be a little independent.
hopefully I can post it on line soon.

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#8 posted 02-13-2010 01:29 PM

Great post ToGoMan….I made one for my son as well…something else to note here is that the hand rail makes picking up and moving the stool extremely easy (no bending over)!!! Thakns for posting.

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#9 posted 02-13-2010 02:14 PM

Ha! That’s right!

Here I am at 4am taking my back pain medicine(Vicodin), reading about not bending over!

Thanks, ScottWPaul02!! :)

-- ToGoMan ------ "No ONE of us knows as much as ALL of us." (anon.) ----

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#10 posted 02-13-2010 04:34 PM

Good addition.
My daughter’s does not have a handrail, her two stepper sits in a corner to turn on the bedroom light.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 02-13-2010 05:52 PM

An excellent idea. And I like not having to bend over to move it too!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#12 posted 02-14-2010 07:27 AM

nice stool well done

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

#13 posted 02-15-2010 12:26 PM

that is cool and a great idea.irishcolleen had a good sugestion the only thin is with the new law that came out there is no way any body could afford to build and sell them.thanks to our goverment and their wanting to run and ruin our lives and livley hood

-- i wonder if obama stood in a wind storm with them big ears of his would he start spinning like a drill bit

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#14 posted 03-03-2010 08:11 PM

Looks like you got a happy customer there!

-- The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

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