Child School Desk and Wooden Chair

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Project by John M. posted 10-21-2021 12:59 AM 453 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year when the whole COVID thing started, the schools ended up making all of the kids work virtually from home. My son was just starting Kindergarten and I wanted him to have his own space. If anyone has priced children’s furniture online, it’s ludicrous. So I decided to build a solid wooden school desk that he could pass down to his own children some day. The desk turned out so nice that I ended up making a matching kid-size chair to go with it.

I designed these entirely myself, no plans. I built them out of Ash that I purchased at a local Amish sawmill and I think the project cost $40 in wood. It’s the first time I’ve worked with Ash and I really do like it. It’s a lot like Oak only easier to machine in my opinion.

The desk and chair are both assembled with pocket hole screws (I’m glad I bought that Kreg jig years ago). I used a bowl cutting bit in my router to create the recessed area for pencils, etc.

Because I built the desk and chair out of Ash, they have some weight to them. Nice and solid. My wife even purchased a small 12×12 cushion on Amazon for the seat.

Needless to say, this was one of my favorite projects. Eventually he’ll grow too big for it, but I’m sure to get a few more years until I store it away for future generations.


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#1 posted 10-21-2021 01:23 AM

Very nicely done. A simple clean line on both. Well done. And designing your own adds to the grade. The only thing I see missing is the gum wads on the bottom.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 10-21-2021 01:26 AM

Nice work on the ash table and chare set for your little one John! A heirloom I’m sure!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 10-21-2021 01:38 AM

Awesome project. I agree that ash is very “workable.” Looks great and will be a keeper for future generations. What finish did you use?

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#4 posted 10-21-2021 11:08 AM

The finish is just a couple coats of polyurethane.


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#5 posted 10-22-2021 01:56 AM

The finish is just a couple coats of polyurethane.

- John M.

It warmed it up without too much of a color shift. I think it looks great.

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#6 posted 10-22-2021 12:30 PM

Pocket holes and an Amish saw mill, makes for an interesting story indeed.

A very nice project too.

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 10-26-2021 01:05 AM

Very nice thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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