TrippTrapp RippOff

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Project by rhett posted 02-22-2010 01:19 AM 2758 views 14 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a highchair I just finished for my daughter. It is a blatant copy of a chair named the tripptrapp by a company named Stokkee. A good design is a good design and I am not about to pay $300 for a highchair that I have to screw together made of 5/8” plywood. Here are the features of this design that I thought were truely ingenious and merited a copy, only built to higher standards. First the chair is adjustable to grow with your child, this is accomplished via parallel dadoes cut in the side pieces. Second the table the child uses is your own, the chair slides up and under the family dining table so they are included in mealtime. Lastly, due to having a bottom platform that is also adjustable, there is always a “floor” for your child to place their feet.
My chair is made of jatoba with prefinished 3/4” maple plywood as the two platforms. The safety rail across the front is made from a bent lamination of ash and is screwed in. This way I can remove it later. The bottom joint is an angled bridle joint pinned with ash dowels, definately not a feature of the original. The eyebolts in the top platform are for a harness that is made for the actual tripptrapp, gotta love ebay.

-- Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

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#1 posted 02-22-2010 01:27 AM

Nice Job. I feel the same way about childrens furniture. I have to wonder what people are thinking when they design them…I am going to put my most precious thing to me in something that is made out of inferior materials and for that price…Besides it is a great way to show you care.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 01:38 AM

Beautiful job! I wonder how many babies will get to sit in that chair over the years.

-- Dave O.

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#3 posted 02-22-2010 02:13 AM

That’s the way to do it!

Thanks for the good pictorials.

Beauty all ‘round.


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#4 posted 02-22-2010 02:39 AM

When my kids were small, that was one of the things I hated the most, was paying premium prices for things that cost a few dollars to make. And the quality was sub par to say the least. That’s a good quality job you did there.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#5 posted 02-22-2010 02:41 AM

If we sat on the floor we wouln’t need high chairs LOL Super looking high chair.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 02-22-2010 02:54 AM

great looking chair! I have a little girl as well and I am astounded at the cost of all the furniture pieces that are sold for children. great way to save a little bit. Besides now you have something that you can pass down to your kids when they are grown up and having kids of their own. Well done!

-- even a mosquito doesn't get a slap on the back until he starts to work...

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#7 posted 02-22-2010 03:52 AM

A great looking chair. nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 02-22-2010 08:12 AM

Wow thats really cool. I wish i would have seen that design before i built mine, I used the rockler plan with purpleheart and yellowheart.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#9 posted 02-22-2010 02:55 PM

That will be used for grandkids also. Beautiful work. Precious little girl also.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#10 posted 02-22-2010 03:57 PM

Great Job… Love it, how thick did you cut the strips for bending?

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 02-22-2010 04:30 PM

We got a real one as a gift for our son. They are not cheap, so if you can make it cheaper that what it cost the buy… that is awesome and you did a great job.

-- Mateo

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#12 posted 02-23-2010 03:07 AM

WOW thats awesome

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#13 posted 02-24-2010 01:48 AM

They are 1/8” x 1 1/2”. I did 5 strips with an unglued 6th to keep the clamp marks off the final piece.

-- Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.

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#14 posted 06-23-2010 04:18 AM

Beautiful job. Lucky daughter too. And who gives a rip about whose original design it was. Think Toyota will quit making cars when they find out Ford made them first? You did a great job. Keep up the good work. Especially when it’s for your family

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#15 posted 03-13-2011 04:50 PM

My god daughter is 20 weeks away and she is getting one of these.

-- Mike Funke

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