Saturday, February 18, 2012

A simple baby chair

Come babies come the need for a high chair. Fisher price plastic booster seats were an option but I have the habit of saying "I can build it so no need to buy it" for many things
my wife proposes so this time I had to actually get down to doing it. I used one inch block wood.

A few curved cuts with the jigsaw gave this a 'modern' and quasi professional look. Those who have not used a power saw may think that curves are tougher than straight cuts. How ironic! Two flat pieces served as the base and the back, fixed in with one and a half inch wood screws fixed in with guide holes and counter sink holes.
I do not know more about the wood other than this. This was also some left over wood from home

carpentry. The teddy bear 'Mr. Fundoo" served as a dummy for the project.
To get the legs I cut a long piece of block wood into two inch strips using a jigsaw. A circular saw would have been more useful but I did not have one at this point in time. The cuts were not very straight. These were then fixed with nuts and bolts at an angle on both sides of the chair.
A similar piece served as a cross bar in the front and the back. The chair was a bit wobbly. A little b it cut out from one leg and then another ensured that it was stable. However one thing I noticed was that even professionally made chairs were wobbly as my floor itself was not perfectly level.

Once the whole chair was assembled, I dismantled it. Applied insecticide, primer, putty and then paint in that order. We used purple and pink for the final colors. I then reassembled the pieces.

For the surface a transparent PVC sheet was used. This is expensive stuff but I had a piece lying around. A curve was cut in for the stomach of the kid.

Around the edges I fixed some PVC beading that provided a raised edge. I screwed the beading in from the underneath in addition to glue. To ensure a fit I used door magnets attached to the sides of the chair. It was
possible for the kids to kick off the plate and so I attached a hook at the back of the PVC surface that fixed it on the chair. Now my kids do not kick of the hooked surface. They first unhook it and kick it off.

However this serves the purpose. They cannot be left unsupervised on the chair as they can get out of it.

I have also not go the time to fix a harness or belts on the chair for safety. But it works.

This piece was simple to build in regards to skill. There are no complex joints or cuts. It just required patience, patient family members and attention to detail. I did replace the iron nuts and bolts with stainless steel ones later on.

For my second child we bought a fisher price booster seat. I know I could build it ...

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