Kids adjustable height chair

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Project by LesB posted 12-29-2008 08:37 AM 3497 views 12 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My spouse found a picture of a chair like this about 15 years ago. I extrapolated the dimensions from the picture and because I could not see how the seat hooked to the rails I developed my own design. I reinforced the wood hooks with a metal plate to prevent any breaking of the end grain. (see picture 2) They are all made from oak with an oil and wax finish so they could be easily refinished with some steel wool and more oil/wax finish. We have not seen any chairs like this since she clipped the picture from a magazine. I have searched the internet without results. I have made about 15 for family and friends. The first one was recently retired after some hard use by our 12 year old grandaughter.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#1 posted 12-29-2008 11:55 AM

This is a very very nice chair. can you please post overall plan or at least height and angle of the main column?

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#2 posted 12-29-2008 01:27 PM

LesB, Nice job, neat design. I echo Moshel’s request for the overall plan. My grand daughter could sure use a chair like this when she visits us. Keep up the great work!

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 12-29-2008 03:38 PM

A very interesting design of a chair. A side view pic, dimentions and more details mentioned by Moshel and FlwoodRat will be appreciated

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 12-29-2008 05:29 PM

Excellent!! This is a gret project and pretty darn useful as well. thanks for sharing the idea and plan

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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John Stegall

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#5 posted 12-29-2008 08:00 PM

My daughter bought a similar chair in Germany…actually she bought three. They are more substantial but yours looks much easier to build. They claim that they can be used all the way to adulthood. I needed to make some for my son as the cost to buy and ship from there is quite high.

Instead of using the dowels there is a rounded dado in each leg (only two as yours is) and the leg bottom fastens to the front of the part on the floor kind of like the bottom of a Z.

-- jstegall

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#6 posted 12-29-2008 10:25 PM

When I first looked at your chair I thought it might make a nice shop chair. Standard desk height and higher for bench height. On the bench height you have flip down a foot rest or the foot rest hooks on like the seat. Just thinking out loud. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 12-30-2008 01:05 AM

For those who haven’t seen the posting. The plans are now there along with some secondary comments to answere more questions.
ND2ELK….yes a foot rest poses a small problem, even for the kids. It would probably involve another bracket similar to the seat. It just hasn’t been enough of a problem for me to deal with yet. For adults, you would need a lot stronger set up. I rate this one to support about 100 pounds. Metal rungs and thicker uprights might do it??

-- Les B, Oregon

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