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    Kids Highchair

    This is my latest project.

    Baby Lara needs a highchair, so after looking at various plans and commercial designs I just went out and built one from scratch.

    This is just a trail fit up, and the dovetails may need some epoxy to make them snug, but it all held together for the photo shoot with no glue at all.

    Just wanted to build something 'different'

    Cheers

    Ian

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    cool design ian!
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    Very unique design! Can't wait to see it finished.
    “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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    I agree with Tod. The design is very cool.

    But how is the center of gravity? I look at the design and I wonder about how stable it is with a wiggly child in it. It looks a bit top heavy. Is it really very secure against rocking?

    I wonder about adding a wider pad under the feet. Or, if you want to pick up the circle design, what if you put a circular pad under the front foot, sort of like this:
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    Unique. Looks stable, front and sidways to me. But, kids do slam themselves backwards, both for play and as attention getters. Wondering if it might go down backwards when that happens. And, I hope you are planning on rounding all the squared corners, especially the front of the seat.
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    That is truly one of a kind and it really is an attention getter. Great job!

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    Neat Ian, very neat!

    I like it, I too worry a bit about a rambunctious kid tipping it, but I have a different idea, instead of making the pad bigger on the bottom, put a roll bar and four point harness on it, and let them go nuts

    In all seriousness, looks good and stout, and the design is certainly one of a kind, COOL!
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    I Like it!

    DT

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    nice job, as others have said it's very unique.

    it looks stable to me, give it a test and see how much force it takes to flip it in all directions.

    chris

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    Thanks guys.

    The stability is a concern of course, but I think the pictures are probably deceptive, being taken from above the chair they make the 'feet' look smaller than they actually are. Also all the weight of the chair and occupant are cantilevered in front of the main post, reducing the chance of it going over backwards.

    I'm still going to do some 'rocking' tests before it's put into service and if I have to modify the base I can. I could put a huge base on it, but have it take up 1/2 the room

    The wood is my normal Monterey cypress, so it should finish up pretty well, it has a nice honey colour when it's varnished.

    Cheers

    Ian

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