Apple and Cherry wood toddler time out bench

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Project by Graft21 posted 11-08-2015 02:58 AM 2170 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally completed the time out chair that I have been building for my rambunctious 2 year old daughter. This project is my first one where I used Mortise and tenon joinery. All my previous “fine furniture” builds have included cheap pine from Home Depot and pocket screws. Never going back to that. I have a lot more to learn and I’m sure that I can greatly improve on this chair but I’m very proud to have made this fine piece of furniture that will hopefully get used by my grandkids some day.

Big thanks to fellow LJ Purplev, who was nice enough to sell me truckloads of hardwood cut offs for a very reasonable price. I used apple wood for the seat slats and the back. I kept a live edge to give it a more rustic look. For the frame, I used Cherry, or I believe I did. With all the cut offs that I got from Purplev, it was tough for me to identify all the species of wood. I used a mixture of BLO, mineral spirits and poly for the finish. I made this big enough to fit 2 kids on. With a 2 year old and a 1 month old baby, I’m sure that this will get a lot of use throughout the years.

Any comments are welcome. I am hoping to continue to learn and make better quality projects in the future.

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#1 posted 11-08-2015 05:48 PM

That turned out nice Graft. I remember you asking about how to attach the slats. What method did you settle on for them and the back?

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#2 posted 11-23-2015 09:00 PM

I ended up just gluing them. Someone gave me some great advice in the forums. Sometimes we get a little crazy with over thinking things and not using the simplest and easiest method. This is a chair for a toddler so why go crazy with complicated attachment methods.

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