Oak Intarsia High Chair

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Project by STL posted 09-02-2010 02:40 AM 2092 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this high chair for my daughter about 3 years ago (she’ll be 4 in two weeks). It was based off a project in a magazine (either Wood or Amer. WW I believe), but I used M/T joinery rather than biscuits and substituted a Christian intarsia scene for the original ‘hungry hound’ scene.

The chair is all red-oak (including the tray), and the intarsia consists of black walnut and poplar. It was my first intarsia project, and the first time I ever cut angled tenons. I finished it with multiple coats of wipe-on Minwax poly. It has held up very well with abuse from both kids!

-- Dan Siggers, Alabama,

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#1 posted 09-02-2010 03:46 AM

I was thinking about great comments during the first three pictures, but at the fourth picture someone stole the limelight. Wood wasn’t that important anymore.


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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-02-2010 04:36 AM

Very nice job on that high chair. That is now a family heirloom!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-02-2010 05:13 AM

Nice looking high chair. Pretty girl. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 09-02-2010 07:29 AM

Very nice. My daughter was recently married and they are already talking about having kids. Guess what that means. I have another excuse to build something. I was thinking crib, but this would be another perfect project when the time comes.

-- BobD Chandler, AZ

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#5 posted 09-02-2010 11:38 AM

Thanks yall.

Steve, she still has a habit of doing that! She’s something else, and she loves woodworking (her brother and her have their own workbench and handtools in the shop and unlimited access to the scrap bin!).

Jim & Tom—thank you very much for the nice comments.

BobD—sounds like you’ll be busy for a while! The kids have really gotten a great deal of use out of the chair so I’m very glad I built it. Best of luck to your daughter and new son-in-law in their new marriage!

-- Dan Siggers, Alabama,

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#6 posted 09-02-2010 02:28 PM

That is really beautiful! Nice work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 09-15-2010 05:37 AM

That beauty should be passed down for an eternity, used by many lucky toddlers!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#8 posted 02-29-2016 06:40 PM

Dan, this is such a nice piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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