My daughter is 18 months old and itching to get up higher to be able to see things in the kitchen and look in the mirror in the bathroom, so it seemed like it was time to make her a step stool.
This was my first time using dowels in the joinery, and I'm hooked. The way that you can dry fit everything and get a really good idea of how it's all going to come together is really nice, and it's going to be strong for a long time. I made my own dowels out of spruce 2x4 material, probably not the best wood for making dowels, but it's what I had on hand and worked really well.
I wasn't really happy with the look of the 1/4 inch round over, but I don't have a 1/8 round over bit.
The wood is 3/4 inch birch plywood. The paint is some spray paint that was left over from when my wife refinished some picture frames for my daughters room. The finish is four coats of Polycrylic, brushed on, and one coat of Polycrylic sprayed on. The finish turned out really nice, i think.
Overall it was a really fun project and taught me some new skills in the workshop, which is always a bonus.
Thanks for reading!
Shout out to * http://www.wordsnwood.com/2014/bathstepstool/
* for the plans on this project. I changed a few things, but the bulk of the idea came from this site.