Norah is most happy when she is clean, which is why she asked either me or Candyce to lift her up to the kitchen and bathroom sinks several times throughout the day. It’s been this way since she was about 15 months. Although this is a cute ritual for a parent, you get kinda tired of leaning over the sink while a heavy child lathers up and slaps around water. So when Candyce told me that she was going to buy a $30 stool to give Norah independence, I knew I had to make something instead. How could we justify a $30 purchase for something that I could easily build for about ten dollars? Take a look at the end result below. Look for notes beneath.

I asked Norah to stand on the stool to give a sense of scale. The X you see there is made of scrap redwood from a different project. Although it looks cool, the braces are to keep the stool sturdy. It’s inevitable that this stool is used by more than my 30 pound daughter.

The stool in the back was the first one I built. Unfortunately, the cool X is hidden from view when it’s pressed against the kitchen cabinet. So on the 2nd stool I sliced the X at the center and used each section to brace a different stair step.

Here’s my original sketch. On the lower left is my plan for cutting each part from a single pine shelving board from Lowes. I like the idea of adding in the handle, but I ran out of time on the project. I can always cut those out later.

The most satisfying part of this project is seeing how much Norah enjoys them. She gets such satisfaction every time she bounds up and down the steps.