Tables and Chairs for toddlers

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Project by wyeth posted 07-27-2009 04:33 AM 1733 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My two older sons have two children each, in the 1 to 3 year age range so last year I made these two tables and four chairs from recycled woods. Pine for all but the heavy tops that are hardwoods. The parents like them because they are sturdy enough for the mothers to sit on and heavy enough that the children can’t easily drag them about too much. They are getting a lot of use. The joints are mainly Festool domino floating tenons and the tops are held on with wooden cleats screwed to the tops and floating in grooves on the inside of the aprons to allow movement. They were eventually finished with several coats of polyurethane followed by a final steel wool waxing but I think they were still awaiting the finishing when these shots were taken.

-- David Australia

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#1 posted 07-27-2009 06:48 AM

Very well constructed.. how do you like the festool dominos.

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#2 posted 07-27-2009 08:06 AM

Just perfect for children.

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#3 posted 07-27-2009 01:32 PM

Hey, kids need a place to sit also. Nice!

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#4 posted 07-27-2009 02:19 PM

very well done! did you use a plan? I was thinking of making this kind of project but was afraid of having it proportioned wrong.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#5 posted 07-27-2009 02:58 PM

degoose, I really do like the domino machine. They say the joints are not as strong as true mortice and tenons but they are so easy and fast and strong enough if you choose the right sizes for the job.

moshel, Yes I did use a plan that I found in a book on tables and chairs from the local library but cant remember the details . I may still have a photocopy in my files somewhere in the workshop

-- David Australia

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#6 posted 07-27-2009 03:02 PM

if you happen to find the name of the book, i’ll be very interested to know it. Thanks.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#7 posted 06-20-2013 12:35 AM

Very nicely done. I know they’ll luv having their own table to sit at for anything and everything.

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