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Old 02-02-2011, 09:07 AM   #1
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I saw this chair, but I'm wondering how the shown joints could possibly be strong enough to hold the weight without breaking backwards. Mortise and tenon is the only joint I can imagine they used, and no way would I trust that joint to hold kids, let alone adults as they advertise it can!

http://www.stokke.com/en-us/highchair.aspx

It just seems unsafe to me.

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Old 02-02-2011, 09:25 AM   #2
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I saw this chair, but I'm wondering how the shown joints could possibly be strong enough to hold the weight without breaking backwards. Mortise and tenon is the only joint I can imagine they used, and no way would I trust that joint to hold kids, let alone adults as they advertise it can!

http://www.stokke.com/en-us/highchair.aspx

It just seems unsafe to me.

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Maybe they're mortised and glued in?

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Old 02-02-2011, 10:04 AM   #3
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It's safe, by China's standards. Probably be recalled at some point. :P

Definitely does not look very safe. The pressure that is on that joint is probably 10x the weight that is actually on it, because of the leverage. Keep in mind the added stress if the baby is not sitting still.
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:45 AM   #4
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It's been around since 1972 so I'm sure it's a proven design. The chair requires assembly, and the joint in question is assembled at the factory and not something they leave for the end user to attach.

I'd put my money on some type of internal metal fastener
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I saw this chair, but I'm wondering how the shown joints could possibly be strong enough to hold the weight without breaking backwards. Mortise and tenon is the only joint I can imagine they used, and no way would I trust that joint to hold kids, let alone adults as they advertise it can!

http://www.stokke.com/en-us/highchair.aspx

It just seems unsafe to me.

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Why don't you buy one, check it out, and if its bad enough in your opinion you can give it a Mike-Holmes-Style tongue lashing on this forum!
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Cannot remember where this was being sold ( old age setting in ), but this item has since been removed from store shelves.
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I see no problem with it. I have researched the safety aspect of it online, and all I can find is a possible tipping problem from incorrect assembly by the end user. No problems with the joint were found in my searching.

As far as I can tell, it is still being sold for $250, a hefty price.

Here is an alternative that gives a more solid "look", and only costs $90, I think.
http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/...mSource=Search
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Kind of hard to tell how strong the joint is, without seeing it. It's possible that it's plenty strong - depending on the materials from which it's made and the construction method.

I'd be more concerned about the chair tipping over if the child moves around - looks top heavy to me.
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If I had one, I'd add two extra supports.

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It's been around since 1972 so I'm sure it's a proven design.
If that's true and that same chair has been around for 39 years, it has to be safe.
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I grew up with baby chairs like that, 20 some years ago in Norway.. I remember my cousin at about 130lbs sitting on a chair like that..bouncing up and down.. it doesn't look very solid, but it held his 130lbs..with higher effective loads from the bouncing action.. just my 0.02.

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