How to Make a Baby's High Chair

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Things You'll Need

  • 24 linear feet of ¾" by 1/8" framing stock

  • 4 feet of oak wood

  • Jig saw

  • Sandpaper

  • 4 cross braces

  • 4 clamps

  • Wood glue

  • No. 8 Phillips head screws (one dozen)

Tip

Sketch a diagram of your highchair before you start building. It helps to have a visual of exactly what you want.

You can purchase woodworking plans online using the links provided below, or by visiting the library and local book stores.

Always wear a safety mask when using power tools to protect your eyes from splinters of wood.

Warning

It can be difficult to get symmetrical pieces of wood cut on the first try if you do not have a lot of woodworking experience. Buy approximately 10 percent more wood than you need to allow for errors.

Make sure your baby is old enough to sit independently in a high chair. Very small infants can fall through and sustain injuries.

Homemade high chairs bring a touch of class and simplicity.

Learning how to make a baby's high chair is fairly simple to those who have woodworking experience, and can remain only moderately challenging to those who have never worked on a building project before. Making your own baby highchair ensures the quality and safety you desire, while creating a family heirloom for generations to come. Follow the steps below to make a wood high chair you'll be proud of.

Step 1

Measure the height from the floor to the underside of your kitchen or dining room table. This will help you know what height to make the high chair so it slides comfortably under the table so baby can eat with the family.

Step 2

Cut a ¼" by ¾" wide mortise to make side frames. A mortise is an open cavity in the wood. Relieve (otherwise known as offsetting) the top of the slot at 1/32" to achieve the angled slant found in high chairs. You can do this easily by tilting your saw 7 degrees off the perpendicular angle.

Step 3

Oak is a great wood for homemade high chairs

Cut a square seat out at your desired width. This will depend on the size of the baby using it and how much growing room you want to allow.

Step 4

Glue the side frames to the seat, using clamps to maintain a strong bond while waiting for the glue to dry and take over.

Step 5

Round all edges with a router or a jigsaw so little fingers (and adult ones too) do not sustain splinters or other common injuries.

Step 6

Highchairs have a slanted angle to keep them steady.

Cut out a seat back around the same size in the shape of a polygon. You can do this by setting your table saw at 83 degrees. Shape the top into an arc, curve or similar shape you desire. Again, sand away any sharp or fragmented edges.

Step 7

Clamp together all pieces and countersink your screws into each joint of the high chair. Finish off by adding wood carved designs, decals and a fabric seat belt if you wish.

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