Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Step Stool build and Weekend Fun

Hello friends! I hope you all had a fantastic week! We are really enjoying our lazy summer this year. With everything going on, I know we're not the only ones spending much more time at home. It's been a little different but I have enjoyed the more laid back summer. It's been good for my homebody children, and it's given me more time for woodworking! 

Like this step stool! 

Child's Kids Step Stool

It took me a lot longer to finish this simple project than it should have. First, because I made quite a few mistakes. Note to self: don't do woodworking when I'm hungry. My brain doesn't work right! Secondly, we had a super fun family weekend. My parents rented a water slide/bounce house for the kids and we had a nice BBQ.

So much fun was had! Even the adults got in on the fun! However, it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt. I ended up spraining my ankle getting out of the water. I'm not the most graceful!

(Then right as I was finishing this post and project up, my son broke his wrist.) It's been an eventful week.

Needless to say, it took a bit longer to finish up this project. 

I made a different style of step stool for my library shelves last winter. However, the design of this one was not up to taking on my five children and their constant use. One of the legs completely snapped in half! Thankfully without injury to my child! 

So when a friend of mine asked me to make a step stool for her grandson, I knew there was no way I would make this one again! 

A search was made for another simple build that would be more sturdy and I found this one over at Addicted 2 Diy. I didn't have a 1x8 board so I used a 1x10 board instead. I also used some scraps that I had on hand. I know, that kind of defeats the purpose of a "one board challenge" but I wanted to work with what I had.

First, start by making the two frames. I cut two sections of the 1x10 board at 15 and 1/4 inches. The other two pieces at 7 and 1/4 inches.

Attach using 3/4 inch pocket holes and 1 and 1/4 inch pocket screws and wood glue.

Next is time to attach the two front trim pieces. I didn't feel like ripping the board to size, so I scoured my scrap wood collection and found two pieces that were the exact size I needed. 

Attach the trim pieces to one side of the frame using the pocket screws and wood glue. Double check to make sure all of the pocket holes are facing the inside where they won't be seen! Even though I thought I checked, I still made that mistake and had to undo my work! I should know better than to work on an empty stomach! 

In the interest of keeping it real, this was another major "mistake" that I made. After snapping this photo I noticed that the trim pieces were in the wrong position. The top of the trim pieces should have been flush with the top of the edge of the frame. The wider part of trim should have been facing the front, not the thinner part! I was so frustrated. I swore I did it right. Ended up undoing all of that work, and redoing it! 

.......Only, when I went to stand it up again.... IT. WAS. WRONG. 

Then I realized. 

The step stool was simply upside down. It was right the whole time. I just had the entire thing upside down. I blame it on the lack of food. I told you, lack of food does crazy things to my brain!

There it is, RIGHT side up, and painted a bright white! Now it just needs the steps!

By the way, these painters triangles are amazing!

Since I used a 1x10 board instead of a 1x8, I needed bigger treads. Thankfully I had a 1x12 board on hand. I cut those to about 18 inches wide and gave them a beautiful coat of dark walnut stain. 

The steps hung too far over, so I had Jeremy trim them down to about 10 and 1/2 inches and attach them for me (since I was hobbling around with a sprained ankle). 

Meanwhile I got to work in my Sillhouette Studio to make the words she wanted on the step stool. I tried a different technique than I have in the past and it was a total fail. I'm sticking with what I know for now. 

I simply traced the outline onto the step and used my handy dandy paint pen to fill in the letters.

That's all there is to it! 

Child's Kids Step Stool

If you make one, I'm sure you will have an easier time than I did!

Just remember to eat something first. :)



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