Child's chair/desk

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Project by LeeinEdmonton posted 12-13-2008 09:17 PM 1788 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an interesting project in that I remembered the concept from about 40 years ago then proceeded to modify it from 4 legs to 3 & devise a method of locking the desk to prevent it from trying to revert to a chair when weight was applied to the desk surface. The desk surface is slate paint & will accept chalk which can be erased/washed. There is a drawer for storage of materials.Sometimes there is a space shortage & this type of child’s furniture serves a multi-purpose.


-- Lee

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#1 posted 12-13-2008 09:43 PM

Lee, this looks very good! How did you design the “lock”?

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 12-13-2008 10:35 PM

Great idea, well done!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#3 posted 12-13-2008 10:55 PM

John: Actually, the lock turned out to be pretty simple. If you look at the first pic you will notice that the desk top has a slot that rides on a 3/8” dowel. The lock occurs at the end of the travel because of a intersecting 3/8” slot machined into the upper end of the longitudnal slot which the dowel drops into & prevents forward or backward movement. To convert the desk to a seat the front edge of the desk is lifted up & back down towards the seat & forms the back of the chair. I thought of many different ways to lock the desk but they all entailed additional parts whereas this method does not.


-- Lee

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#4 posted 12-14-2008 03:14 AM

Thanks, Lee. I did see the slot, but not the dowel. Simple works!

-- jstegall

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#5 posted 01-31-2009 09:05 PM

Brilliant indeed.

-- Celeste, Washington,

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