Time to Brush Your Teeth

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Project by USCJeff posted 06-05-2008 06:27 AM 2301 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s amazing how much quicker a project goes when you don’t stain it. This bathroom stool is made of cabinet grade plywood scraps joined via pocket screws and PVA Glue. The photos are pretty telling of the simplistic design. The only new thing attempted on this project was using a “bow and string” to lay out the stretcher arcs. I’ve normally used thin wood and bent it to the desired arc. The bow sped things up considerably. It is made up of a thin strip of cherry and a nylon drawstring from some old pants.

The stool was primed and painted white. My wife wanted white so that she could do some stenciling in the future on it. Hannah (3) and Jacob (15 months) seem to like being able to reach the sink knobs. A bit safer than them leaning from the toilet as they attempt to do all the time.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 06-05-2008 07:07 AM

Great job. I’ll be building on of those before you know it. My daughter is just past 1.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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John Kasparian

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#2 posted 06-05-2008 07:23 AM

They will beg for more. One for the light switch, one for assisting you cook, and the third to climb on your bed!

-- john

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#3 posted 06-05-2008 01:30 PM

I need one too, but not for children. For my wife and myself. To reach those just out of reach items around the house.

-- JJohn

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#4 posted 06-05-2008 02:33 PM

15 months and already brushing his own teeth…that’s great…maybe I need to get my daughter doing that (she’s 14 months)

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#5 posted 06-05-2008 03:43 PM

He’s not the best yet, Captain. He mostly likes eating the toothpaste and sucking water out of the brush. That and he’s only got 5 teeth. Funny thing is that he won’t use a child’s toothbrush.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#6 posted 06-06-2008 02:02 AM

Functional projects that the kids like are some of the best to be done!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#7 posted 06-06-2008 02:47 AM

hahhahaa….lol…i have a 5 year old and 14 month old…the 14 month old is finally standing and walking—-but only when holding on to things…she is a bit behind!!! cant imagine her brushing her own teeth!!! very cool stool…turned out great!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 06-06-2008 03:48 PM


This is a nice stool. It is functional, looks good and matches the bathroom furniture. Your wife has good taste (but of course you already knew this didn’t you). Now how are you going to keep them from playing with the water in the sink? :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 06-08-2008 06:34 AM

very nice step stool….your children are very cute …reminds me of my own way back when…...

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 06-09-2008 03:39 AM

Jeff, Good Looking stool, I need to buidl on of them myself for my daughter. She does have a single stepper in the bathroomm but I want a two stepper for down in the kitchen.
Happen to have the dimensions you used?


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

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