Wee Lil Chairs #1: Small Steps

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Blog entry by Zuki posted 11-08-2009 01:52 AM 1777 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A couple of years ago I built a table and chair set for a friend’s two little girls. Well since then they had a little boy and the “Lil Guy” needs a chair. I poked around the shop to try and find the drawings for the set so that I could get some measurements. I found something that looked like kids chairs so off I went.

The previous set of chairs had a straight back, but this set I wanted a little rake. So I made this template from some packaged pine

I planed down some scrap spruce I had laying around to 1 ¼ for the front legs.

Here is the 2×6x8 for the back legs and a couple of pieces of 1×3 strapping for the aprons and back rails.

I milled the 2×6 to 1 ¼ and cut to rough length. Here I am marking out the back legs.

Rough cut on the ole bandsaw.

Getting ready with the template bit for final leg shaping

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#1 posted 11-08-2009 03:52 AM

I think that you are well started. Don’t forget to let us go along for the rest of the chair.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#2 posted 11-08-2009 02:32 PM

It’s kinda fun makin’ stuff for the little ones. I’m expecting this to turn out rather nicely and looking forward to the finished product. Did you use a specific angle for the back, or did you eyeball it?

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 11-08-2009 03:39 PM

I was thinking about 5 degrees, but that seemed like to much when I initially marked it out. I believe my eye settled with 3.

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#4 posted 11-08-2009 06:12 PM

Looks like a nice project Zuki. Also a good blog. I thought the usual rake for chairs was 7-11 degrees. I made a garden bench for my son using 7 degrees, but I felt it was way too straight afterward. It probably won’t matter either way for kids though, since they rarely sit still long enough to notice the comfort factor anyway,

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 11-08-2009 06:19 PM

Keep the fun coming ,well done so far

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#6 posted 11-09-2009 01:12 PM

Welcome back. haven’t heard from you in a while

-- Guy,PEI

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#7 posted 04-14-2015 01:46 PM

This is great, thanks for posting this all those years ago, it is really helping me at the moment with chairs for my girls.


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