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Elephant Chair

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Christopher Finke

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Christopher Finke

General Information

A chair or stepstool for small children featuring an elephant on each side.

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Left Side Details

First, cut the left side texture using the v-bit of your choice. Be sure to mark your starting point on the workpiece so that you can position the endmill in the same spot for the next step.


Left Side Outline

Switch to the endmill of your choice and cut the left side outline.


Right Side Details and Outline

Put a new piece of wood on the X-Carve and cut the right side details and outline like you did for the left side in steps one and two. Now you’ll have both sides prepared.


Seat and Seatback

Optionally, cut the seat and seatback on the X-Carve. You could also easily cut these on a table saw or miter saw.



Choose your screw locations, depending on how high you want the seat and how far back you want the back. Drill pilot holes in the sides, seat, and seatback. (Before assembling, I used a hand router with a roundover bit on all of the edges of each of the pieces.) Screw the seat and seat back in place.

Optionally, you can countersink the screws and then cover the holes with wooden buttons. Or, you could choose your own method of attaching the seat and seatback. I’m not the boss of you.

Kristian Ang
What did you use for coloring it
Kristian Ang
Christopher Finke
I just picked up some sample-sized paints from Lowes in gray and black and then sprayed it with a clear enamel after the paint was dry.
Christopher Finke
what type of wood?
Christopher Finke
I used 3/4" Baltic birch plywood.
Christopher Finke