When the little one is ready to take the spoon, you can customize the whole experience – by building a wooden chair that matches your preferences and those of the baby. However, to make a chair that will stand the test of time, you have to know how to do it right. And to help you get started, we have compiled a comprehensive guide that will teach you the basics of making a wooden chair. Do not worry, if you’ve never used a hammer before, it’s easy to follow and pretty straightforward. Keep reading;
- One ¾ x15 ½ x 36-inch furniture grade plywood
- Two ¾ x 12 x 14-inch furniture grade plywood boards
- Two ¾ x 12 x 26-inch furniture grade plywood boards
- Damp rag
- Wood glue
- Jig saw
- Wood finish
- 120-grit sandpaper
- One ¾ x 6 x 14-inch furniture grade plywood board
- Finish nails
Step by Step Guide on How to Build a Wooden High Chair
Start by placing ¾ x 15 ½ x 12-inch furniture grade plywood board on your work surface. The plywood will be the chair’s back. The back will measure 15 ½ inches wide and 36 inches long. Align the remaining two ¾ x 12 x 26 in furniture grade plywood boards on top of the back on each edge. These will serve as the side.
It’s now time to apply a bead of wood glue to the joints. Follow this by fastening the sides to the back with a hammer and nails. Be sure to wipe off any excess wood glue with a damp rag.
Place one ¾ x 12 x 14-inch furniture grade plywood between the sides and up to a maximum of 23 inches from the bottom. This will serve as the seat. Fix the other ¾ x 12 x 14-inch furniture grade plywood board at the bottom of each side. This will act as the base. Apply a bead of glue to the joints. Use a nail and hammer to fasten the seat and the base to the sides and back.
Fix ¾ x 6 x 14-inch furniture grade plywood board on your work surface. This will serve as the seat guard. With a compass draw two arcs along the 14-inch edge. This will serve as leg holes. With a jig saw cut the leg holes and then sand the seat guard using 120 – grit sandpaper.
Follow this by placing the seat guard in between the sides that the front of the seat. Be sure to apply a bead of wood glue for even stronger joints. Use a hammer and nails to fasten the seat guard on either side. Wipe any glue spills using a wet piece of cloth.
The chair is almost ready at its time to make the final touches. Start by applying wood furnish on the chair depending on your preference. If you want to make the chair even more durable, consider using high gloss latex paint. Just make sure that the color matches your house’s interior décor. Give the paint enough time to dry as per the instructions on the label before applying another coat.
You may want to test the high chair first before taking to the house. Among other things, testing the chair allow you to detect the minor flaws and you can also tell if it offers the level of comfort needed when the young one is feeding or sitting in an upright position.
Essential Tips and Warnings to Remember
- Be sure to use a neutral color to make the chair somewhat unisex. If you want to personalize it even further, you may consider painting the little one’s name on it or perhaps his or her favorite animal. Remember to add an adequately padded seat for more comfort.
- Wear protective gear when building the chair to avoid injuries
- Consider reading a woodwork safety guide or reduce the risk of injuries even further
If you follow these instructions to the later, you will successfully build a chair will accommodate the young one when eating or sitting in an upright position.