|Project by bookworm||posted 02-20-2012 10:52 PM||1856 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
This one had a few “firsts” in it for me. First time I’ve rescaled a project plan, first attempt at wedged tenons, and first project specifically intended for my little girl. This was an exclusively hand tool project, so no electrons where harmed in the making of it; not that there is anything wrong with that.
It’s based off of the Pop Wood Mud Room Bench “I Can Do That” project. The main changes made were to scale it down to toddler size, skip the biscuits, and the use of wedged tenons instead of screws. The wedges were made of white oak scrap. It’s 7” high by 2’ long by 6” wide. I arrived at the height by measuring my daughter’s favorite seat in the house; the first stair leading up to the porch. It’s home center yellow pine and currently has one coat of Minwax poly on it. As you can see, there is a slight splay to the legs in the third picture. I wish that was intentional. But it doesn’t look bad to me and as she’ll probably use it some as as a step stool a little more stability can only be a good thing.
This one won’t win any prizes but it is suited to it’s purpose and I learned a lot from it. In a few more months, when she has outgrown it, I might build a larger version and splurge on some home center poplar. :-)
Thanks for looking.
-- "I asked my wife if I look dorky in the video below where I'm planing that long piece of wood. Her reply: "It's all dorky."" - Mitch Roberson from his blog Furnitude