116 Kid’s Kitchen Helper

Children like to help mom or dad in the kitchen now you can keep them safe and secure instead of standing on a chair with the Kid’s Kitchen Booster.

The helper stands 36” high so it is in line with most kitchen counter tops. The platform that they stand on is adjustable to three different positions so depending on the size of your little assistant you can make it work.
The front rungs (stretchers) are used as a ladder so the children can climb on to the platform. You then turn the helper into the cabinet and the little darlings can’t fall out.

One of the best features about this Kid’s project is its ability to collapse to a thickness of 8 9/16” for easy storage when not in use.

I designed the booster so it will fit up tight to the counter, even the flared feet which I added for stability will fit under the toe-kick on most kitchen cabinetry.

The project is very simple to build and consists of only eight different pieces. The mortise and tenon joinery makes the helper rock solid and will last for years. As far as materials just about anything will work. I would likely suggest a hardwood just for strength, however if you are concerned about weight or are trying to keep the costs down a softwood will work just fine. One thing I would consider adding would be the plastic edging on the collapsible sides just as an extra level of security.

Helping to keep your children safe in the kitchen …..
Happy woodworking!
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175 Multi-Function Shop Cart

The basic multi-function shop cart plan came about out of a need in my own shop. Recently I have been working with some long boards and sheet goods. When jointing 9’ boards I needed an extra support on the outfeed side of the jointer. The jointer outfeed sits 32” off the floor. In addition, 4’ x 8’ sheets of any material are very cumbersome to handle by yourself when using the tablesaw. So I designed and build MF shop cart to give me a hand.

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Any cart which sits on 4” castors is handy to have just as a cart. With the extension wings folded up it gives me a 24” x 50 ¼” moveable table for relocating boards around the shop. The small footprint (21 ½” x 26 ½” x 28 ¾” H) is easy to store when not in use. We all know how valuable shop space is!

The adjustable support arms will sit down flush with the top of the cart and extend up to a height of approximately 44 ¾”. So I can use it as a shop helper for in feed or outfeed when using the jointer, tablesaw or even the bandsaw. It’s amazing how some of the best ideas come out of necessity.

I can see where this little utility cart is going to be a great addition to the shop.     Happy Woodworking!

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