Can an Artificier’s Steel Defendee be used to hurl Magic Stones?

When designing a Steel Defender

You determine the creature’s appearance and whether it has two legs or four; your choice has no effect on its game statistics.

If I were to create it to resemble a Medium sized Ape, could it use Magic Stones I create??

I can Bonus Action imbue 3 stones, and then drop them beside the Ape before attacking. The next turn SD can pick them up and throw.

Obviously, This is a LVL 3 – Mid game question. 1d6+5 just seeing do much at higher levels.