How to Make a Child's Chair

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How to Make a Child's Chair
Making a chair for kids is easy. (little girl siting on a chair image by AGphotographer from Fotolia.com)

One simple project for beginning woodworkers is a child's chair. Children's chairs are easier to make than standard chairs because the weight they are going to bear is smaller, so the chair doesn't need to be expertly put together to avoid accidents. Making chairs for children not only develops carpentry skills, but creates a useful end product.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 1 pinewood plank, 11.75 inches by 27.5 inches by ½ inch
  • 1 pinewood plank, 11.75 inches by 13 inches by ½ inch
  • 2 pinewood planks, 1.25 inches by 13 inches by ½ inch
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • 39 1-inch screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Brush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw a 10.25-inch by 10-inch rectangle on one side of a 11.75-inch by 27.5-inch pinewood plank. Center the rectangle at one end of the plank, leaving a 1.5-inch section on either side.

  2. 2

    Cut out the rectangle from the pinewood plank with a jigsaw, and discard the smaller piece of wood. The 11.75-inch by 27.5-inch plank will be the back of the chair, and the two sections left on either side will be two of the legs.

  3. 3

    Draw a 10.25-inch by 10-inch rectangle at one end of a 11.75-inch by 13-inch pinewood plank. Leave a 1.5-inch section on either side of the rectangle.

  4. 4

    Cut out the rectangle from the pine and discard the smaller piece. The larger piece will be the front of the chair, with the remaining sections serving as two more leg pieces.

  5. 5

    Draw a 10.25-inch by 10-inch rectangle on one side of a 11.25-inch by 13-inch pinewood plank. Leave a 1-inch section on either side of the rectangle. Repeat this step on a second pinewood plank of the same size.

  6. 6

    Cut out the rectangles from both pinewood planks and discard the smaller pieces. The larger planks left will be the right and left sides of the chair.

  7. 7

    Attach the left and right sides of the chair to the back of the chair so that the two side pieces are perpendicular to the back piece. To attach the pieces together, drill 1-inch screws from the outside of the back piece into the edges of the side pieces, six screws per side with each screw 2 inches apart. The corners will form right angles.

  8. 8

    Attach the front piece to the two side pieces so that the front is perpendicular to the sides and parallel to the back. Attach the front piece to the side pieces in the same fashion that you attached the side pieces to the back, using six screws per side and placing each screw 2 inches apart. Again, the corners will form right angles.

  9. 9

    Attach a pinewood plank that measures 11.75 inches square to the top of the chair by drilling 1-inch screws from the top of the chair down into the edges of the left, right and front pieces of the chair; use five screws per plank with each screw 2 inches apart. The chair will stand on all the pieces of wood extending from the planks, now nailed to each other to form legs.

  10. 10

    Smooth out every surface of the chair using sandpaper, take extra care to round out all of the edges with sandpaper.

  11. 11

    Apply a coat of wood stain using a brush.

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