(Inside: My older kiddo never really needed help–but the younger needs a little help to step-up to the plate. So, I figured out How to Make a DIY Kid’s Potty Stool.)
I have a tall kid. And then I have a short one.
Despite the fact that the older one had so many growth spurts that she never really needed help getting onto or off of the potty, her little sister is, well, littler.
So, I decided to help her out and figured out How to Make a DIY Kid’s Potty Stool.
Now, full disclosure, after having made this stool and seen it in use, I have since figured out a different/more stable way to make a stool–which I will totally share how I made the second potty stool soon, the video is just not ready yet. So, while this one works, it’s not exactly my “final design”.
But I also have multiple bathrooms in my house, so it works out that I am planning to make multiple potty stools.
And, because this was fun–obviously, I totally made a video tutorial for How to Make a DIY Kid’s Potty Stool. Check it out and then, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube station and hit the bell so you get notified when a new video comes out!
What You Need to Make a DIY Kid’s Potty Stool
- 4-inch wide wood of indiscernible origin cut to the following lengths:
- 2 – 12-inches
- 1 – 4-inches
- 2 – 6-inches
- Wood glue (I used Titebond II)
- Electric hand planer
- Drill bit equal in width to your dowels
- Drill jig
- Tung Oil
- Disc Sander
- Hand Sander
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Stick
How to Make a DIY Kid’s Potty Stool
- First, sand your dowels on each end to have a more narrow end on each side–except for 4 of them that you should reserve for the top of the stool. This will help the dowels slide in more easily into their holes.
- After cutting your indiscernible wood down to sizes, line the two 12-inch pieces side-by-side and mark 4 places kind of equidistant apart on both pieces of wood in the same locations.
- Using the speed-square, transfer those marks to the sides of the wood.
- Set-up your drill jig guide thing and drill holes in each location you just marked. Make sure these are plenty deep enough by doing a dry fit before you glue in the next step–I had to hurriedly pry my pieces apart…
- Glue dowels in each of the holes you just drilled, making 1 solid surface from the two pieces of wood.
- Clamp this tightly and set aside.
- Sand the other pieces.
- Using the drill jig thing, drill two holes on each side of the 4-inch piece.
- In the center of the two 6-inch pieces, drill two holes that line-up with the holes on the 4-inch pieces when the 6-inch piece is pushed to one side of the narrow width of the 6-inch pieces.
- This is getting really confusing–please watch the video.
- Place dowels in those holes and glue them.
- Cut the dowels off flush and sand.
- Set aside to dry. Clamp if you want.
- Hand plane the top of the stool until it’s flat.
- Sand the edges of the top of the stool on the disc sander and round the corners a bit so your kid doesn’t have to cope with sharp corners in their life.
- Set the top of the stool on the legs. If it’s wobbly, you can hand plane more, or you can had a shim. Like I did in the video. It’s a potty stool–no one will see the shim.
- Using the dowel jig, place holes on the “top of the legs” that you just glued together.
- Drill holes in the top of the stool that line-up with the holes you just drilled in the legs.
- Place dowels in the holes in the legs and dry fit with the top. If it works, add glue.
- Allow to dry.
- Sand again by hand.
- Apply 2-4 coats of Tung oil, sanding with a high-grit sand paper lightly between coats.
- Allow to completely dry then present to an excited kiddo that no longer needs help getting off and on the potty!
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