|Project by PapaS||posted 02-22-2012 03:18 AM||1537 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
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