Highchair for Celia

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Project by loupitou06 posted 1020 days ago 1564 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally completed this project, a high chair for my new friend Celia. I must say I was greatly inspired by
This project
but my design was simplified to have the legs extending only in one direction (side/side for the front and rear for the rear legs). The stability of the chair was not perfect so I drilled holes in the back legs and epoxied some lead shots to add stability.

This is my first attempt of sculpted piece and was quite a challenge at almost every step. I drew as usually some plans on sketchup but ended up adjusting to the project. Almost none of the joints ended up with a tight fit but epoxy and 3” screws came to the rescue.

I carefully selected the piece of wood for the headrest with a big knot in it to add a visual interest to the piece but it was quite a challenge to get the spindles to hold in such a tormented piece of wood.

The table is help in place with rare earth magnets, I’ve embedded 4 in the armrests (2 on each one) and the matching 4 on the table. This holds the table pretty well but I might have to come up with a form locking mechanism in the future.

The wood is walnut and the finish is :
3 coats of : 1/3 shellac, 1/3 DNA, 1/3 boiled linseed oil.
6 coats of varnish
1 coat of wax

The number one woodworking skill I learned from that project is patience ! And now I’m using it on every other ones !

Thanks for watching

-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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#1 posted 1020 days ago

That is quite something! She might not be able to fully appreciate at right now, but I hope some day it serves her own children…

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David Grimes

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#2 posted 1020 days ago

Beautiful work and finish.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 1020 days ago

Bravo, c’est une petite merveille !!!
Un chef-d’œuvre de plus : c’est vraiment magnifique Tu n’as pas ménagé ton temps :les nuits ont du être courtes.Célia va grandir et surement l’apprécier. BISOUS

-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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#4 posted 1020 days ago


-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#5 posted 1020 days ago

A work of art, very well done, thanks for sharing.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#6 posted 1019 days ago

Wow – Stunning.
I reckon you will need every one of those six coats of varnish though. From memory those chubby little hands are more than capable pf getting the stickiest goo into the tiniest of cracks and farthest corners.

Well done

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#7 posted 1019 days ago

I had never seen a sculpted highchair before. Looks great.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#8 posted 1019 days ago

One Beautiful High Chair…. This will be an one that is passed down from Generation to Generation!!
Simply Gorgeous!

Thanks for Sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 1019 days ago

gotta be careful there – you are getting her used to only the best, there is no going back from there ;)

beautiful chair!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 1019 days ago

A Master Piece no doubt! It will last forever.

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

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#11 posted 1019 days ago

I really love the finish on there. Stunning piece of work. It’s a shame how much is is going to get abused by the little one.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#12 posted 1016 days ago

Wow! we have the $36 fisher price version x2

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