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Two Legged Highchair

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Project by PapaS posted 02-22-2012 03:18 AM 1440 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was going through some old Popular Woodworking magazines and in a Sept 1996, I found this project & plans. Since we had a Great-granddaughter that was learning to feed herself and really wanted to be at the table to eat, I decided to make it.

I eleminated the tray as I wanted it to be able to slide under the table top so she was at table height. She loved the fact that she could sit at the table with everyone else, and her ability to feed herself improved as she was at the right height from the table top.

A unique part to the construction of this chair is that there are 6 bridal joints that all have to be exactly the same. I used a wixey angle guage to set my protractors on my table saw to accomplish the exactness of the bridal joints. The bridal joints fit very tight and are hard to put together; so a very slow setting glue is necessary, as there are no screws that hold this together. It was necessary to customize the heigth in order for it to slide under our table top. I also used turned spindels in place of the dowels for support of the arms. I added a brace just above the feet to stregnth the chair. White oak was my choice for wood; and I stained it with Watco Danish Oil (natural finish) and then finished with 3 coats of polly wipe. I did not put child restraining straps on the chair; however they could be added if desired. The chair does not tip over.

This was a very fun project to build. I have built a second one for our God-Daughter’s daughter.

-- PapaS, Casper, WY





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woodworkerscott

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#1 posted 02-22-2012 04:24 AM

Looks like an inspiration from George Nakashima, who invented the Conoid chair that was two- legged. Nice job. Thanks for posting.

-- " 'woodworker'.....it's a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#2 posted 02-22-2012 04:32 AM

Thats beautiful, what a good Grandpa and Great grandpa you are. The natural look of the oak is stunning.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 02-22-2012 05:48 AM

Well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-22-2012 11:03 PM

Really came out great, I like it

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 02-23-2012 02:03 AM

That is one of the coolest ‘high chairs’ I have ever seen. You are up for grandpa of the year! And probably a shoo in to win.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 02-23-2012 03:29 AM

Very beautiful highchair…

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