Children’s Table and Chairs

Author: Michel Theriault
Published: February March 2004
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Kids’ Furniture: This unique table solves the problem of what to do with your children’s art supplies. Simply flip up the top and you have lots of storage space for colouring books, crayons, and everything else.

Table

Cut Leg Pieces

For the legs, cut the pieces to size according to the materials list, and smooth the edge with a sanding block or hand plane.

Assemble And Glue

Assemble and glue the leg pieces together. To ensure the correct offset between the short and long pieces, use a scrap piece of 3-1/2″ board as a guide. It may be easier to glue the leg pieces together one at a time, waiting for each one to dry before adding the next.

Drill Pilot Holes

Drill countersunk pilot holes in the ends and middle of each ledge piece and screw them to the inside of the table skirt pieces so that they are flush with the bottom and centered from end to end.

Drill countersunk pilot holes in the skirt end pieces 1/2″ from the ends and 1/2″ from the top and bottom edges.

Apply Glue

Apply glue to the mating surfaces and screw the skirts to the leg pieces from the inside so that they are flush with the top and butting up against the leg piece.

Drill Pilot Holes

Drill countersunk pilot holes in the front and back skirt pieces 3/8″ from the ends and 1/2″ from the top and bottom edges.

Apply Glue

Apply glue to the mating surfaces and screw the skirts to the leg pieces from the inside flush with the top and butting up against the end skirt pieces.

Insert the bottom of the table into the frame (made by the table skirts) and screw it in place from below through the ledge with one screw on each side.

Attach Hinges

Screw the hinges to the underside of the long side of the table top 2″ from each end so that they line up with the legs. Place the table top onto the table and screw the hinges into legs. The width of the hinges should be less than the width of the legs.

Install Chain

Install a chain on both sides of top and skirt to keep the table top from being opened too far. If desired, use a lid closer for safety.

Table design provides handy storage area

Option: Glue-up your own panel for the table top.

Tip: Have the 2-1/4” pieces ripped for you at your lumber supply store.

Chair

On its own or as a companion to the kids table, this chair is sturdy and easy to build.

Round Edges

Lightly round all corners and edges with a piece of folded #180 sandpaper.

Drill Dowel Holes

Drill the dowel holes in the side rails as shown.

Drill Matching Holes

Drill matching holes in the front and back legs.

Apply Glue

Apply glue to the dowels and insert them into the side rails, then apply glue to the end of the side rails and assemble the front and back legs and the side rails together to make the chair sides. Clamp the assembly together, making sure the legs are parallel and square to the side rail.

Drill Pilot Holes

Once dry, drill counterbored pilot holes in each chair side for the cross pieces.

Glue and Screw

Apply glue and screw the two cross pieces that support seat slats.

Drill Pilot Holes

Drill one countersunk pilot hole about 1″ from each end of the seat slats.

Apply Glue

Apply glue to the mating surfaces and screw the seat slats to the cross pieces so that the slats are flush with the front and evenly spaced.

Apply glue to the mating surfaces and screw the cross pieces for the seat back in place at the angle shown.

Glue flat screw hole plugs in place.

Apply glue to the mating surfaces and screw the skirts to the leg pieces from the inside flush with the top and butting up against the end skirt pieces.

Insert the bottom of the table into the frame (made by the table skirts) and screw it in place from below through the ledge with one screw on each side.

Option: Instead of using dowels for the side rails, drill deep counterbored pilot holes and screw the pieces together.

Tip: Drill 1/8” pilot holes in the center of the ends of each cross piece for easy alignment when screwing them in place.


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