|Forum topic by Camper||posted 05-12-2011 04:43 AM||3920 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
05-12-2011 04:43 AM
Wife commissioned me to build a learning tower for our almost 2 year old son and build it fast…like it was due yesterday fast.
In case you do not know (I did not) a learning tower is something he can stand on safely to observe/help with things going on a table or counter. Since I am extremely “time limited”, I came up with a simple design which I think I can build using 3/4 plywood (maybe mdf?) and pocket hole joinery in a 1/2 day. I am not looking to make it fancy, just functional and safe.
Here is a picture. The dimensions are 36” Tall, 24” wide and 21” deep. Legs are 3.5” wide.
The design question I have is what is the easiest but also safe way to integrate a height adjustable platform he can stand on. My initial thought is to drill 4 holes (as shown in the drawing) and insert 1/2” dowels with a knob at the end (so the dowel will not slip through or out) into 1.5” thick platform on all 4 sides. Probably about 3” deep. I can put holes every couple of inches on the legs and that would be the height adjustment.
I am open to other suggestions which maybe easier and safer. I am not sure that 1/2 dowels are thick enough, maybe 3/4”? or maybe a completely different approach.
All your input is welcome and I know ultimately it is my responsibility to ensure that this is safe for him and there is no liability on anyone’s part for their suggestions :)
Also how do you post your images from sketch up? I am sure there is a better way than screen capture and crop which is what I am doing.
Thanks in advance.