How to Make a Kids Chair From Old Wood

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My son told me that he wanted us to build a chair – I jumped at the opportunity and decided that we would build a chair together.

I was using available material collected from the garbage: planks dismantled from an old kids wooden house.

Before we started to make the chair, I sat and made sketches of chairs that could be built with the planks I found.

I chose the sketch that seemed to me the simplest to do and require the use of basic tools. (list below)

I took the general measurements of the chair out of two kid's chairs that we had and increased the measurements so that the Chair would also be used for later age.

Today he is four-and-a-half years old and 1.06 Meter tall.

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How we made it Video:

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The final result

General Dimensions Sketch

Dimensions are in centimeter.


Mark measurements before cutting.

measure twice cut once :)

If the dimensions are unclear contact me.

Raw Material

That's what the planks looked like before we started working with them.

Dimensions of all the planks I use in this project: 9X2 cm

Mark measurements before cutting.


I used Jig saw, but you can use any other kind of saw.

Rear - Right Leg Connection

After I sand it all, it was time to start putting it together.

we started with the rear legs.

The next process will repeat at all stages of assembly:

Applying glue, Pre-drilling, Insert screw.

At this point I gave a small angle to a back backrest.



Insert screw
Front - Left Leg Connection

Making sure the planks are aligned with each other and at 90 degrees.

Left & Right
Connecting Left & Right

started from the top.

checked all the time that measurements were identical and parallel.

Seat Connection

Started from the front plank and I moved in.

In the backboard I made a Mortise (Is that the right word for it?)

anyway.. its adds stability to the chair.

And finally I connected the middle board.

Reduce Weight

After I finish everything I decided to cut these areas to reduce the weight and also because I think It'll look better !


After that, I sand it all again.

Tools we used:

  1. Tape meter & Pencil
  2. Protective headphones
  3. Protective glasses
  4. L-Square
  5. Jig saw
  6. Sanding paper
  7. Orbital sander
  8. Drill-impact driver
  9. Drill driver
  10. Drill 3 mm
Happy Boy !

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  • Leslie Leslie on Apr 25, 2020

    Lovely design thank you for sharing how you made it. I have two questions please. The first is why did you not copy how you did the back legs for the front legs. The angling of the the back leg supports was a great idea and kept the original design clean. My other question is, I am not sure where you are located and not sure how old the house was that you got the boards from, but in the US any paint made in 1978 or prior had lead in it. Lead in paint has been banned here. That being said because I do not know your location and the age of the painted wood, I would be careful to use that for your child. If you are in the US, you can get an inexpensive lead test kit in Home Depot or Lowes. Hope you do not take offense to my concern. I am also looking at your design to make adult size bar stools. Thank you again for your detailed instructions.

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