Children's Table and Chairs

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Project by MattD posted 08-08-2007 10:44 PM 2409 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at a “real” piece of furniture. I built this for my 3yr old daughter in Dec 2005. It’s cherry with a Waterlox finish.

I made 2 jigs (shown in my shop photo) for this project. A basic adjustable taper jig for the legs and a fence guided tenon jig that I built from plans found on a wood working site by a woodworker named Jim Frye.

I designed it myself with the help of sketch-up, and tried to stick to a shaker sort of concept.

This was a great learning project for me and really got me hooked. Since this project, I’ve tried some new skills on several other projects that I’ll try to post here soon.

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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Bob Babcock

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#1 posted 08-09-2007 03:45 AM

Very nice…classic looking, and look to last forever. It reminds me of the chairs and tables in my elementary school.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 08-09-2007 04:47 AM

Just outstanding woodworking! A great job that was much appreciated I bet….

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#3 posted 08-09-2007 08:38 AM

What a great scale to start with…what a nice set.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 08-09-2007 11:02 AM

I’d say that your first “real” attempt was a success – nice project.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 08-09-2007 11:40 AM

oh it’s beautiful!! It will definitely be passed down through generations.
Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Mark A. DeCou

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#6 posted 08-13-2007 06:18 PM

wow, first attempt. I’m impressed, even if you had been doing this for years. Chairs are hard.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#7 posted 05-03-2008 01:10 PM

very beautiful tables and chairs very beautiful work congratulation

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#8 posted 06-28-2009 04:16 AM

Nice table and chair set.

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#9 posted 06-28-2009 04:27 AM

Nice table and chairs looks great

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 08-31-2011 10:38 AM

Very nice work. Personnally I like the Shaker style.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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