Grandson Chair

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Project by woodsoldier posted 07-17-2012 01:32 PM 1833 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As some of my old friends on here may know, I have not been around for some time. My wife and I have taken custody of our Grandson, he has been with us for one year. He is a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome and sufferers from several disabilities including Cerebral Palsy. Needless to say, Hobby time has been reduced. His Therapist, who comes once a week said one thing that may Help is a chair he can sit in that would allow him to sit up and have his feet on the floor. We could not find one to fit the little guy, so I built this last Sunday and stained it that night after he tested it out. The Therapist will be here on Wednesday to work with him and I will ask if this is what she was trying to say. I used Kreg pocket hole screws to build it out of number 2 pine. Its the first time I have tried to make a chair so I am a bit proud of it, and can modify the design as needed for when he grows and I get some input from his Therapist.

-- Retired from Active Duty

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#1 posted 07-17-2012 01:50 PM

This is the reason we woodwork. We make the things that are important to us and our family.
All the little guy needs is his own TV remote and he will be ready to watch This Old House, New Yankee and perhaps even the Woodwright Shop with his grandpa. Excellent work.

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#2 posted 07-17-2012 01:54 PM

Nice build, and you couldn’t ask for a better customer. He’ll have many years of enjoyment from your work, and your rewards for this will be endless.

Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 02:40 PM

A cute fellow and a nice chair. Where do you keep the TV remote? ;)
You might consider rounding off the corners of the arms for safety’s sake.

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#4 posted 07-17-2012 02:43 PM

Thats a happy chappy

on a chair made by his grand pappy

Nice one

One of my best students has Cerebral Palsy, June

and she has become a wonderful woodturner

she is also nearly blind.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 07-17-2012 03:13 PM

Thank you all. Knothead, All the edges are rounded with a router, the front corners don’t show real well with the pictures, but I did round them off with sandpaper where the round over met. Avery can not stand on his own, so at this point I don’t see him falling onto the corner. The nice thing here is I kept the design simple so it could be modified. If he gets to where he is getting closer to standing, I will take one of those pool noodles and cut it to fit over the Arms so its padded. Good eye, I love this board because everyone has good constructive ideas to help each other.

-- Retired from Active Duty

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#6 posted 07-17-2012 05:49 PM

I’m so happy your Grandson is in loving hands and that you are going to great efforts to make his life as good as possible. Your chair is a labor of love and very well done. God bless you all.


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#7 posted 07-17-2012 06:17 PM

Looks like everyone had a good time with this one. I like Kreg joinery.
Not a criticism but maybe next time, get the pine plugs for the angled holes. They work pretty well and when sanded, give an extra design.


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 07-17-2012 06:58 PM

I don’t care what anyone says, the projects for children are most special and they are no where else greatly appreciated than by a child.

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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#9 posted 07-17-2012 09:41 PM

Jack, I do have the plugs, and may go back and put them in, if it looks like he is going to mess around with the back. I also am thinking of putting an oval hole for a handle in the back to make it easy to move around. Although the Wife says I now need to make a table for it…LOL

-- Retired from Active Duty

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#10 posted 07-18-2012 03:44 AM

That is a beautiful chair. My wife’s grandfather made 2 chairs similar to yours back in 1986. We just inherited them and my son loves them.

-- I never finish anyth

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#11 posted 07-18-2012 07:05 AM

Good work on the chair, and the grandson wins the prize of getting years of use out of his chair you made. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#12 posted 07-18-2012 12:22 PM

May God bless you and your wife.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#13 posted 07-19-2012 03:56 AM

That’s inspiring. My 4th Grandson is nearly 2 yrs. old. He is the reason I am designing many new projects. I have been building lots of frames latley, because everyone is taking so many photos. Enjoy that precious child, & enjoy building things, just for him.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#14 posted 07-20-2012 01:38 PM

Again, nice project. What’s next on the list?

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#15 posted 07-20-2012 09:43 PM

LOL, Well his Therapist said Nice job, wheres the activity table?? So I am working that now, making the top out of MDF, going to use Magnetic primer, paint it bright Red, with a bright green edge to keep things from sliding off. I also want to make a portion with that chalkboard paint. Anyone have experience with the Magnetic and Chalkboard paint. I have researched on the web, but would like to hear first hand from anyone. Also, any ideas for the border would help, I am thinking of making some molding, to put on it?

-- Retired from Active Duty

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