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Forum topic by Texasking posted 04-08-2013 06:11 AM 3049 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2013 06:11 AM

Topic tags/keywords: kid child table chair kreg jig stained small chairs first time oak scroll saw clamp sander tablesaw router finishing

So I’m brand new to the site, but I have read it for a few weeks. I have had a bunch of tools from my grandpa for a while now, but I have just gotten into the whole woodworking game here recently. I had my first son in December and wanted to build him a table and chairs. I set out to look around online for something I could kind of “copy” the look of. I ended up just drawing something on my own and getting the wife’s approval. It took me two weekends of getting everything done and stained. The first weekend was mostly sketching, cutting the first chair, and buying extra tools I didnt have! :)
This weekend has been putting the second chair together, the table, and staining.
Here are the pics. If anyone wants dimensions or anything, let me know…I can definitely put those up.
It was a fun little project and has definitely gotten me into wanting to build more.
I built it out of red oak, all except the legs. I bought those pre-turned out of pine. I tested the stain first and it came out really really close…so I went with it.
Hopefully this will be a table that will be around for a long long time that my son will be able to hand down.
Thanks for looking!!

-- Illegitimi non carborundum.

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 06:14 AM

This set looks great. Well built.

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 01:14 PM

Great looking set.

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 01:32 PM

Nice looking table and chairs. Must be a big boy. How old, four months and ready for table and chairs? At about a year or so they love rocking chairs. Congratulations!

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#4 posted 04-08-2013 02:26 PM

That’s an ambitious project, very well done. I especially like the connection between generations—from your grandfather’s tools through your hands to your son. Nice.

Ah, rocking horses next…wait, there’s an intermediate project. My two grandchildren in Sacramento call this an “Ah-Whee!”



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#5 posted 04-08-2013 03:21 PM


That Ah-Whee! is a great toy.

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#6 posted 04-08-2013 03:44 PM

Beautiful work. Now to get the kids to sit up straight and eat properly, haha.

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#7 posted 04-09-2013 03:15 AM

Thanks so much everyone!
The jig works great btw.
Does anyone have some more projects, other than the rocking horse which the wife approved, to do for the next one?
Doesn’t have to be kid related, just something fun?

-- Illegitimi non carborundum.

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