Step Stool for My Grand Daughter

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Project by Pheirendt posted 01-14-2013 07:27 AM 2507 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After Sunday dinner my daughter asked if I needed a woodworking project, and of course I said yes. She said that she needs a step stool for our 20 month old grand daughter to be able to wash her hands. So we went into the bathroom and measured how high it needed to be. We determined that it should be 12 inches high with two 8 inch wide steps. When we came back to the living room, my wife said “you know we need one here too.” So I headed to my basement shop to get busy building two step stools.

I love the challenge of making usable pieces out of salvaged wood. We have a 100+ year old house that we have spent the last 15 years renovating, so I had some old growth Douglas fir I rescued in the process. This scrap shows how rough and dark the wood was before sanding.

The steps are joined to the sides using pocket holes.

I have used my Kreg pocket hole jig for years, but this is the first time I have used it to edge join boards and I am very happy with the results. The joint seems to disappear!

I decided to make the sides with a 10 degree slant for stability and visual interest. I also rounded the front of the steps to give it an old school look. Here are the two finished stools ready for varnish.

My wife put on the first coat of varnish – wow I love the color tone of the old Douglas Fir!

-- Paul, St Louis, MO,

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 01:22 PM

Nice build and beautiful wood! I like all the pictures in your post also.A step above the rest!

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 01:28 PM

Nice! I’m sure the Granddaughter’s gonna love HER steps!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 04:14 PM

For sure your granddaughter will pass this on to her kids in the future, hopefully you signed & dated it:-)

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 09:30 PM

Wonderful step stools! The technique, the design and the build is great.


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#5 posted 01-15-2013 01:49 AM

You gotta take care of those Grand Kids. Great looking step stools and the old wood looks great. Im sure they will get lots of use.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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#6 posted 01-16-2013 02:02 AM

Excellent idea on the splayed legs. This should go a long way toward preventing a spill.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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