Doll High Chair
You can make a simple doll high chair that will delight your little one.
Thank you everyone for sharing your amazing photos of doll furniture on our Facebook Page and in our Photo Galleries. I'm so stunned at what you Santas are doing this Christmas in your wood shops! Just wanted to add one more plan to the doll furniture collection. I know Christmas is just days away, but if your shop is already set up, you still have time to make this one.
And I bet you have the scraps laying around to make at least part of this one. It's mostly 1x2s, with a 1x8 piece and a 1x4 piece, each only 9" long. My daughter helped me build this one, and she asked, Mom, please, can I keep this one? So we pulled the high chair up to the Birthday table, and put Grace's favorite doll in it.
As I looked through the photos from the party afterwards, it occurred to me that what we do isn't just about building toys or doll furniture or tables or benches or picture ledges or even houses (all things that we built in the photo above), but we are building moments. We are building memories. We are building happiness. Certainly, a birthday party is just fine without making everything, but it is my hope that someday my daughter will say, I remember when I was little, one time, my mom had a birthday for me and she even built special tables and benches and even a high chair for my baby doll. And it won't be about the table or the benches or the high chair, but rather, about her mother putting in the extra effort on her special day. No one has the time or the money to do these things all the time, but when we can, I do try.
One thing Grace was NOT happy about was me borrowing her paper doll dresses and putting them in frames.
2 – 1×2, 8 feet long
1 – 1×4 10 1/2″ long
1 – 1×8 9″ lon
2 – 1×2 @ 25″
2 – 1×2 @ 18 3/4″ long, both ends cut at 10 degrees off square, parallel to each other
2 – 1×2 @ 4″, one end cut at 10 degrees off square
2 – 1×2 @ 6″, one end cut at 10 degrees off square
6 – 1×2 @ 9″
1 – 1×4 @ 10 1/2″ long
Build the chair sides as shown above. Use 2″ screws predrilled from the outsides of the chair back and fronts into the ends of the side rails, or pocket holes. Build two of these.
Now add the back slats, again, with 2″ screws and glue.
And now the foot rest. Same thing, 2″ screws and glue.
And finally the seat. I recommend positioning the seat according to the dimensions of the doll that will sit in the seat.
On my high chair, the tray actually rotates backward, over the back. But this is a poor design because as the tray lifts, it hits the baby doll in the head :( so keep things simple and just use a fixed tray. Screw down.