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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087 Gumball Dispenser

Looking for a fun project, that will make a great conversation piece no matter where you have it this gumball dispenser will certainly make a conversation piece even if you don’t use it for candy. Leave it on your bar for the big kids or in the playroom for the real kids.

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A similar project was published in a local woodworking magazine I thought it would make a great project for the grandchildren so I redrew it and added a couple of useful features.

I took the liberty of embellishing their simple project and adding what I felt were necessary enhancements. You will need to locate a mason jar or similar with a neck diameter of 2 ¾” or adjust the top block to suit your gumball jar.

The gumball machine is simply a stack of blocks with holes in the right location to drop the gumballs when you spin the dispensing wheel.

I added a catch tray for the gumballs, a notched dispensing wheel and a locking mechanism which drives a thumbscrew into the cog on the dispensing wheel so little hands can’t empty the machine on their own. You really do want to control their sugar intake.

A fun project for any woodworker and it will certainly be appreciated by the younger generation.

Have Fun!

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