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Project by rooster posted 12-14-2010 10:40 PM 3969 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not really sure what to call this. My wife asked me to build this as a Christmas present for our toddler. It is sorta like a high chair/stool thingy. Basically, we can put the wee one inside and she can be at counter top height without fear of falling. I think they sell these under the name of “Learning Tower”, but they are really expensive. This one is made from pine/plywood.

So far it has been well received. The toddler loves it and so does my wife. They have started making the Christmas cookies and my wife doesn’t have to constantly worry about the kids falling.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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#1 posted 12-14-2010 11:15 PM

Cool idea. I use a stool for my daughter buy my son is too young for that. This would be great for him. Gonna show this one to my wife.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#2 posted 12-14-2010 11:32 PM

I like it, grand idea. I too have grandaughters that love to assist in the kitchen. May have to build one. Thanks JB

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#3 posted 12-14-2010 11:42 PM

Really neat idea! It looks like it may even be adjustable.

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#4 posted 12-15-2010 12:28 AM

My wife wants one of these also. Thank you for sharing and I really like your design. What thickness did you use on the plywood? Did you use Baltic Birch? Thank you.

-- Russ

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#5 posted 12-15-2010 12:36 PM

Great idea!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 12-15-2010 02:02 PM

Russ, it is baltic birch. The pine is 3/4 in thick and the plywood is whatever plywood size that comes really close to 3/4 in.

MrsN, it is adjustable. I can move the dowel rods to the lower holes to lower the standing platform.

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#7 posted 12-15-2010 04:00 PM

this is really neat,,i have never seen one of these before

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#8 posted 12-15-2010 06:38 PM

Great little idea, if I widened the base for stability, I could let my great grandsons help? in the shop even more.
The fact that the wife wanted it, indicates that she knows that the best way for the kids to learn is by
doing, and a great way to love is by sharing. Thank you for sharing this with us.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 12-15-2010 07:17 PM

Never seen one before, great idea though. Nice work and at a fraction of the cost I am sure

-- Norman

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#10 posted 12-15-2010 07:22 PM

How freaky is this, my neighbor just came over and showed my wife what she just bought for their kids for the kitchen. You got it a Learning Tower. Your right, the basic price starts at $140.00, there are all kinds of additional accessories you can purchase.

-- Norman

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