Merry Grandkids Christmas 2- Triple Combination high chair, desk, rocking horse

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Project by Ted Pagels posted 12-28-2010 04:16 AM 26267 views 21 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry about the sideways photo but this site won’t upload verticle format photos as far as I know. I saw one of these high chairs in a restaurant last winter and searched high and low for plans finally finding some. These unique “triple babysitters” as the plans are titled have three functions: a high chair, a rocking horse and a writing desk for each of the grandkids.

When I was searching for plans I stumbled across some sold commercially in different shapes with some having the side panels (painted) in an animal shape. We’ll look at that for future projects!

Plans were easy to follow and side panels created equal size/shape by using double face carpet tape to hold rough sized panels together while band sawing, jig sawing and oscillating sanding. They are assembled with drywall screws and glue joints, with oak dowel covers . These take a lot of wood and the center section cut out of the sides created some waste that will be used in future projects.

The finish is just three coats of semi-gloss polyurethane applied with a 4” foam roller. Rollers were disposed of between coats and made for a sooth hardly any runs finish.

I thought about using cabinet grade plywood with veneer edge banding for future editions or solid core cabinet plywoods. Ideas?

-- Ted Pagels, Green Bay, WI

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#1 posted 12-28-2010 05:07 AM

Very cool. Any chance you could post the link to the plans you found?

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#2 posted 12-28-2010 06:29 AM

Here it is…..

-- Ted Pagels, Green Bay, WI

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#3 posted 12-28-2010 08:52 AM

Ted, funny thing I was at the hardware store today & they had these units on sale, (but they were imported plastic jobs)
These are the real deal (timber) dont worry about cabinet grade stuff, the look on the kids faces says “these are just fine”, you have done real good job on this project, trouble is they will expect more from this nice man : – 0.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 12-28-2010 09:45 AM

What a really cool idea, particularly for an apartment dweller with limited space.

-- RayCurtis

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#5 posted 12-28-2010 04:23 PM

Great looking projects, and the triple babysitters are pretty awesome also. Thank you for sharing and giving
us the link. If I am ever going to finish my to do list I will have to get off this site, naw, I will just have to
work faster and suffer. Thank you once again.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 12-28-2010 04:46 PM

The best kind of project, something for the little ones.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 12-28-2010 07:58 PM

My wifes Grandfather built one of these for my youngest son last year. He must have had same plan as you did because they are pretty much the same. My youngest uses it all the time and loves it. He is always climbing on it and sitting in there. The one I have is made all out of pine. When he outgrows it I will probably have to sand it down and refinish it then store it away for my future grandkids.

Yours looks great. If you make more I would keep it all solid wood and not plywood. Nothing wrong with using plywood but I don’t think its that much more to just do it all solid wood.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#8 posted 12-28-2010 08:01 PM

This is really great, in numerous ways.

My preference would be to keep it hardwood, as you may have issues with edge banding on all the curves and I’d also think it would be sturdier and hold up better in the long run than plywood with banding. The plywood may help control cost, but might take more time with the banding addition as well. I’m biased though, as I’m a fan of hardwood.

I guess you could always try making the next one out of plywood and see how it goes?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 01-16-2011 08:05 PM

Nice piece ! Someones having fun.

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#10 posted 01-31-2011 05:41 PM

found a FREE set of plans at

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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#11 posted 07-24-2016 07:39 PM

Unfortunately that link has now gone. Does anyone have plans for this?

found a FREE set of plans at

- leonmcd

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