How to Replace a Wooden High Chair Tray

Wooden high chairs are a classic furniture piece that can last for generations if properly maintained.

Because the chair is constructed from wood, damaged parts can be repaired, or if necessary, replaced. The high chair tray takes a lot of abuse from young children who are learning to eat on their own with utensils. You can replace a damaged tray by removing the hardware and making your own using the existing one as a template.

Remove the high chair tray that needs replacement. Use a screwdriver and adjustable wrench to remove the hardware that holds the tray in place. Set the hardware aside for use on the replacement tray.

Place the old tray on top of the furniture grade plywood panel. Trace the outline of the tray onto the panel.

Cut the outline of the tray out of the plywood panel. Use a band saw to make the cut.

Rout around the outside edge on both sides of the plywood to create a 1/2-inch rounded edge on the tray.

Sand the surface and edges of the tray with fine-grit sandpaper. The tray should be completely smooth.

Drill any holes that are necessary for the installation hardware. Refer to the old tray for proper size and placement.

Apply a wood finish to match the finish on the high chair. Allow the finish to dry before handling.

Align the tray in place on the high chair. Fasten the tray to the high chair with the hardware that you set aside.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pencil
  • 3/4-inch furniture grade plywood panel
  • Band saw
  • Router
  • 1/2-inch round-over bit
  • Drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Wood finish
  • Paintbrush


  • Personalize the tray by painting animals or flowers onto the top of the tray.


  • Wear eye protection when working with wood.

About the Author

Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.