Child’s Table & Chair

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Project by Fiddy posted 02-03-2019 12:13 PM 826 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some months back a good family friend sent me two chairs she had from when her girls were little. She was needing a table for them now that she had her first granddaughter, Coco. She’s not her a year old so I had some time, but realizing I’ve had those chairs for some months I decided to get going on it. The table I just designed as I went. I had some measurements saved from when I made my good friend and business partners daughters their table. The table is hard maple top with soft maple legs. I did finish with a white stain as she wanted a white table but agreed to that. Some of you may recall the issues I had with that top, see the forum post if you’d like, long and short one end board pulled a hard cup after finished. I was able to get it mostly pulled out, but still present to some degree. Top was finished with wipe on poly and hand rubbed with some paste wax.

I did decide to put an underbevel on the table and that’s something I’ve never done before. I’ve been trying to incorporate hand tools into projects where I can so this was again a fun part of it. I did it all with my no.4 as that’s my largest plane. I can say, it was a workout lol. Overall that came out very nicely and in person it definitely lightens up the look.

The chair was a complete afterthought. Realizing this might live at her one daughters house, Coco’s mother. I then though the other chair “Doni” – which was of course her other daughters, that she may want for the future when/if she decides to have children of her own. That being said, it also just sounded fun/challenging since I’ve never made one before. Granted, it’s not too elaborate in design, but it was still fun. After it was built I then had to make it nice and “girly” to match the originals. Overall very pleased with the chair and I think they’ll appreciate the surprise.

Side note – that’s my Lily in the one picture trying it out. I did eventually bring into our house before delivering and I can confidently say I’ll be making another table and chairs soon since she loved it!

Thanks for checking it out and for any input.

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#1 posted 02-03-2019 02:09 PM

On the first picture chair seat looks semi-transparent ))
Very lovely project!

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#2 posted 02-03-2019 03:31 PM

Looks great, it will get generations of use. Tons of memories will be made at that table.

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#3 posted 02-03-2019 04:01 PM

You know that you have succeeded as a woodworker when what you make gets used by someone. This will be a success. Nice job.

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#4 posted 02-03-2019 11:21 PM

Thanks for the kind words and feedback – definitely excited to see this get some use over the years!

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#5 posted 02-11-2019 05:17 AM

It would be great to build a separate set of furniture for the kids. They can play on their own without the adults having to worry about their comfort and safety. Apart from chairs and tables, the kids could use some extra storage to safely store their toys and not misplace them while keeping them neat and tidy at all times.

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#6 posted 02-14-2019 07:10 AM

If only more parents would know how to repurpose some scrap wood in storage at home to make these! The toy industries charge and eye and a leg to sell these to families!

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#7 posted 02-15-2019 11:52 AM

If only more parents would know how to repurpose some scrap wood in storage at home to make these! The toy industries charge and eye and a leg to sell these to families!

- UdyRegan

You’re correct for sure – that chair literally came completely out of my scrap pile. Always great to see those off-cuts you’ve been looking at for who knows how long, go to a good use.

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