Bedrails #1: Getting started.

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Blog entry by AnnaEA posted 08-24-2010 01:16 AM 1299 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Bee’s bunk bed needs some bed rails. I spent a few hours staring at the bed and scribbling little sketches, then another hour or so wandering around the hardware store and lumber yard buying stuff I probably don’t need, and have spent another nice while this afternoon getting started making the rails.

First up, assemble these parts


into slots to to fit these rails

I cut all the wood to measure yesterday, which involved lots of running up and down from the basement to the bedroom carrying bits of wood. There is a 7 foot rail, and a 5 foot rail. The foot end of the bed is supported by a ladder type thingie I haven’t photographed, and the head of the bed is built into a dresser I also haven’t photographed which is a wink and a nudge wider the then ladder thingie at the foot.

The slots I am making will be bolted to the ladder type bit at the foot of the bed and even everything out so that the bed rails are straight when run from the dresser to the foot of the bed. On one side the rail will attached to dresser at the head of the bed, and on the other to another kind of slot thingie I will attach to the ladder (that you climb to the bed with, not the ladder footboard thingie).

I started by doing a dry run with clamps of the finished assembly, and marking it all over with pencil lines to keep track of how it went together.


Then I took out the block so I could bore the holes for the lag bolts that will hold the rails in place.


Once the holes were bored, the block went back in, the lags were knocked in temporarily to keep things lined up while I glue it up, and the whole thing was re-assembled with some construction adhesive to hold it together until it gets bolted onto the bed frame itself.


-- Work hard, play hard, drink good beer.

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#1 posted 08-24-2010 02:20 AM

Nice work.

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#2 posted 08-24-2010 02:36 AM

quite the ‘thingie’ you are making !

seems like there is reason in here somewhere .

nice .

and thanks for the photos
we can see where this is headed .

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#3 posted 08-24-2010 03:46 AM

Cool! Who’s the Bee?

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#4 posted 08-24-2010 05:14 PM

Wow, Almost neighbors!

Lot’s of thingie’s goin on…. Who or what Bee?

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#5 posted 08-24-2010 05:18 PM

Ah ha!
Found the Bee in the Chair!!

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#6 posted 08-24-2010 05:26 PM

Yup, that’s the Bee. Dearest darling dashing daughter, generally undaunted, except when she falls off her bunk bed, and decisively demands bed rails.

-- Work hard, play hard, drink good beer.

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