So, my brother, Luke, and his beautiful wife, Abigail, are expecting their 5th boy! So exciting! Since they were driving to our place for a reunion, I asked if I could build something for baby. I was so excited by the challenge when they asked if a high chair would be possible- oh yeah!
I knew a high chair is something you only use for 2-3 years, so I wanted to create something they could use beyond that time. What if I used a stool base, then built a high chair seat that could be swapped out with a regular stool seat when baby outgrew the high chair? My husband built these awesome log stools quite awhile back, and we love them! I thought the same concept would make a great high chair.
We didn’t have enough logs on hand, though, and no time to gather more- so I used 2x2s instead. Additionally inspired by this Ana White stool, I got busy. I made everything for the base 2″ wider than Ana’s plans to add stability, plus used 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood stacked on top of each other for the base top, then winged it on the little high chair seat. I planed down and cut the corners off an old 2×12 for the high chair seat base, plus made another to use for the extra stool seat. I cut 2x2s at a 10 degree angle for the back of the high chair, then added little arms, and a post in the middle to keep baby from sliding down and out of the chair.
Just enough room for a silly 6-year-old, so it should work for baby 🙂
I used one of these boat seat swivels from Amazon. I screwed it into the base, then drilled a hole in the base so that I could screw the seats in from the bottom. I used torque screws and a 6″ bit to make it easier. I was down to the wire on getting this done in time, so I am so sorry for the lack of pics!
I made the tray out of a 1×10, and cut rounded edges with my scroll saw– this baby has come to my rescue so many times lately!
I debated a lot about how to attach the tray, but in the end just attached with a hinge on one side. I’m still looking for a good clasp or something for the opposite side, so the tray can’t be tipped up unintentionally. Any ideas?
I love how this came together! What do you think? Would you actually use a high chair like this?