|My grandson Josh needed a stool for handwashing and helping "Nana" do the dishes. Nana found an old stool I made in 7th grade and was letting him use that but it is too short. Soooo... Nana commission Papa to build a stool.
- It needed to be taller
- It needed to be wider
- It needed to be deeper
- It must have a step
- Easy to carry and store
- And finally, it must be as safe as possible
Searched around the net for plans and didn't find anything exactly like I wanted so made it up as I went along. Instead of a hinged step I went with a slide in/out arrangement using small strips of wood inside the main legs to "lift" underneath the top of the step when the stool is carried. Yet to be added is a small metal bar across the inside of the main stool front legs to act as a stop for both the pulled out and stowed position of the step.
The stool is made from recycled cedar salvaged from an old armoir I pulled from the neighbors burn pile. Arrrggghhh.... great wood almost lost forever. Why do people do that?
The stool is too simple to bother with a plan but the dimensions (dictated by cutting around damage on the recycled wood) of the main stool top is 15 1/2" x 9 1/2". The stool itself is 13" tall. Sides are 12 1/4" tall, 9 1/2" wide at the top and 11 1/2" at the bottom with the angle cut entirely on the front of the stool so the side against the cabinet, wall etc. is straight and close to help prevent slipping.
The step portion of the stool is 1/2" more narrow that the inside dimension of the main stool legs. The step legs are mounted inside the edges of the stool top 1 1/4" to allow plenty of room for the ears inside the main legs which server to carry the step when the stool is carried by the handle slot in the top.
Two coats of clear exterior clear over the natural cedar and then anti-skid adhesive backed strips to keep the young man from busting his &@@ should he get water on the stool while using it.
Finally, will be adding some adhesive backed foam rubber to the top of the ears that carry the step portion to help prevent it from sliding so much and some sort of rubber for the legs to keep it from sliding across the tile/linoleum when in use.