Little Helper Tower

Submitted by Huthbert on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 14:58

Ana's plan called for using 8 hinges (I'm not sure on the placement of those).  I used a total of 16 to ensure sturdiness.  I put two hinges on each corner of the 1x8 piece and a hinge anywhere the corners connected.  I used Narrow Utility Hinges (1-1/2" Zinc plated).  The pack of 2 cost $2.27 and comes with screws.  My biggest regret is not painting the hinges before I put them on. I waited until after screwing them in and it was a pain and makes my paint job look sloppy.


Although I priced this build out, I ended up using wood I already had in the garage.   I didn't have enough 1x3 to make the anti-tipping feet so I used a 2x4.  I also didn't make the rounded edges, just a few angled straight cuts.

THESE ANTI-TIP FEET ARE A SAFETY MUST, DO NOT SKIP THEM!!  I've seen a few commenters say they skipped the anti-tip feet, but for us they were a must.  My kid would have easily knocked his tower many times if it weren't for these anti-tip feet!


Couldn't be happier with this build.  Totally worth  every penny.  Hands down my favorite kitchen addition!  


Wrote about this on the blog too:

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$60.50- for wood and hinges. The 1x2's select pine board make the cost a little higher. If you were to the skip hinges, this project would set you back $42.34
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Finish Used
Glossy blue paint
Recommended Skill Level


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