Maple high chair

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Project by sgmdwk posted 402 days ago 824 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week I completed a high chair for our first grand child (expected in September). I gave it to my daughter-in-law Sunday. The chair is made from maple. Construction was pretty straight forward, though I found this hard wood a challenge for my old, under-powered tools. I don’t have a band saw, and cutting the curves for the arms and the tray with my old jig saw was a slow process requiring plenty of clean-up sanding. I did copy something I saw on LJ to joint boards by clamping them on my bench, then using my Stanley No. 6 on its side. The glue lines on the tray and the seat were invisible, when I finished. To prevent blotching, I used a seal coat of shellac thinned with alcohol. I then applied a colonial maple stain and six coats of wipe-on poly.
I told my son and daughter-in-law that the chair is a collection of mistakes and corrections to balance them out (typical for my work). But they were happy and the other at Sunday’s baby shower were impressed. I basked in their praise.

-- Dave K.

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#1 posted 402 days ago

First off Congrats to you & your family on your first Grandchild!!!!! Great Job on this High Chair!!! Love Maple, and the build on this is great. Very soft on the eyes. I can see why people are impressed. The tray is great as well. A+

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

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#2 posted 402 days ago

It looks great and your grandchild will love spilling food all over it ! Very good job, and congrats on the GC.

-- Fredj

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#3 posted 401 days ago

You did a fine job. I need to build one for my niece. At the rate of my work it might be done before she has a baby big enough to sit in one.

-- Magnolia, Texas

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#4 posted 400 days ago

Excellent work on that beautiful high chair. Very lucky grandchild to have it made specially by GrandPa. Congrats on the new addition to the family!

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#5 posted 333 days ago

Hi I love this high chair! Can I find the plans anywhere? Thanks! :)

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#6 posted 333 days ago

I bought the plans and the tray hardware from some outfit in Canada – I have lost the address. I think Rockler’s has essentially the same plans. I designed the tray myself. The plans called for a rectangle with a raised frame, creating hard-to-clean corners I didn’t like. I making a template and routing out the top of the tray left smooth curves that will be a lot easier to wipe out.

-- Dave K.

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#7 posted 298 days ago

Great job on the chair Dave! Have one of these on my list for this winter too as our daughter is expecting next spring.

-- Darren, KCMO,

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#8 posted 250 days ago

Nice chair. Ive built a few myself.

-- CaptFerd

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