|Project by matts_dad||posted 12-10-2012 05:04 PM||1164 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
Here is a kitchen stool I build for Matt’s daughter, Senja. She often wants to partake in what’s going on way up on the kitchen island, or the kitchen sink. Using a chair made mom & dad nervous, so here it is.
The height was chosen to match the kitchen island. Its platform is about 20×20 inches. I made the frame from construction grade fir 2×4s I got from the big orange box store. It was their color which attracted my eye. I didn’t expect them to stay straight. They warped a little after being in my basement workshop for a couple of days so I chiseled out room for an inlay to cover one of the 45 degree joints that didn’t look too great. But that meant that I had to do 3 others to balance things out and make it look it was my plan all along.
I hand rubbed 3 coats of poly on all but the platform, as I didn’t want to make it slippery. Then I got a short pile door mat to tack on the platform. I made everything, including the platform, somewhat heavy so it would take considerable effort to knock it over. The whole thing is bolted together so that it can eventually be put away in a less bulky form.
If you build one of your own, I would suggest putting a hand rail on the front as well as the back so that a little one does not accidentally back off the platform. To my surprise, little Senja loves to climb in and out of the back and the sides just for the joy of it. (One final note – humility prevents me from telling you all just where my grand-daughter gets her good looks from.)