How to Build a Wooden High Chair

By Jonah Morrissey
Many wooden high chairs are considered family heirlooms.

Wooden high chairs are a classic piece of baby furniture and many are considered family heirlooms. While many antique versions are intricate, modern wooden high chairs are simple with clean lines. A timeless wooden high chair can be built in your workshop in one afternoon.

Building a Wooden High Chair

Place the 3/4-by-15 1/2-by-36–inch furniture-grade plywood board on a work surface. This is the chair back. The back measures 15 1/2 inches wide and 36 inches long. Align the two 3/4-by-12-by-26–inch furniture-grade plywood boards on top of the back on each edge. These are the sides. Apply a bead of wood glue along the joints. Fasten the sides to the back using finish nails and a hammer. Wipe off any excess wood glue with a damp rag.

Place one 3/4-by-12-by-14–inch furniture-grade plywood board between the sides and up 23 inches from the bottom. This is the seat. Place the other 3/4-by-12-by-14–inch furniture-grade plywood board at the bottom between the sides. This is the base. Apply a bead of wood glue to the joints. Fasten the seat and the base to the sides and back using finish nails and a hammer. Wipe off any excess wood glue with a damp rag.

Place the 3/4-by-6-by-14–inch furniture-grade plywood board on a work surface. This is the seat guard. Use a compass to draw two half-circles along the bottom 14-inch edge. These will be the leg holes. Cut the leg holes out with a jig saw. Sand the seat guard with 120-grit sandpaper.

Place the seat guard between the sides at the front of the seat. Apply a bead of wood glue along the joints. Fasten the seat guard to the sides and seat using finish nails and a hammer. Wipe off any excess glue with a damp rag.

Sand the surfaces of the high chair. Apply a wood finish of your choice. For a durable finish, you can use any indoor high gloss latex paint. Allow the finish to dry according to the instructions on the wood finish container before repeated use.

Tip

Paint the high chair a neutral color so that it can be used for boys or girls. Personalize the chair by painting the child's name and her favorite animal on the back and add a cushion.

Warning

Wear eye protection when woodworking. Follow wood finish safety precautions for safe use.

About the Author

Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.