Now this is the kind of hardcore DIY spirit that warms our heart. Like many of us, Ohdeedoh reader eatfruit coveted the Learning Tower, but the price tag made it off limits. So instead, she got her erstwhile husband onboard with the idea of making one. (This is, in fact, our favorite kind of DIY project: the kind that lets our partner do most of the work.) See another photo and get eatfruit's take on the project after the jump...
She wrote about it on her blog, Giddy Goat:
The LT has a great design and is pretty easy to transport around, although it’s super heavy. Ours isn’t as easy to move, but it does the job and he even built it so we can lower and raise the platform depending on the height of the kids, just like the Learning Tower. We still need to stain it and add some trim so the corners are not so sharp. Probably this summer.
For a guy who really doesn’t have much woodworking experience, [my husband] continues to impress me. He made a few errors along the way but I was proud of him for sticking with it until he figured it out. It’s not as elegant looking as the real thing, but it’s functional and super nice to have.
We bet it is! Eatfruit goes on to say that, if anyone is interested in the plans, she'd be happy to make them available. That's a pretty sweet offer.